Donkervoort Releases Nearly Full-Carbon D8 GTO Edition
You have probably never heard about the Dutch company Donkervoort. Well, you aren't alone in this. The new automaker is obviously trying to take the position of Wiesmann, since the first car it has produced looks much like one of the liquidated company. Precisely, the model is called D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition and is the very first carbon infused model of Donkervoort.
The vehicle is entirely fitted with visible carbon fibre with a special technique that allows the material to be exposed to view. This not only highlights the extremely fast personality of the D8 GTO but also reveals some of its specific and charismatic features.
Furthermore, the lightweight carbon fibre components are combined with Audi's 2.5L R5 TFSI engine, which produces nearly 395 horsepower (290 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. This allows the car to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.0 seconds on its way to a top speed of 255 km/h.
To me, the most interesting thing about this car is that it has been covered with visible carbon from nose to diffuser, and is also featured throughout the interior. We can see it on elements such as the seats, door panels, window frame, dashboard and door sills.
Believe it or not, even the ignition cylinder housing, belt-and-roll bar trim and headlight housings are made of this material. Next, the painting process is also unique because it involves UV-coating directly applied every single carbon fibre component by hand.
To be more precise, almost 90% of the bodywork was made of carbon components. However, this does not satisfy the professionals of the Donkervoort, because the ultimate goal is to make a full-carbon D8 GTO. With the Bare Naked Carbon Edition this seems fairly possible.