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Donkervoort Automobielen has presented their next generation of open sports car: the Donkervoort GTO, in collaboration with quattro, the fully owned subcompany of AUDI.
According to Donkervoort the new car has a total weight of around 700 kilos which is possible due to the use of carbon fibre. They say the car signifies a milestone in their 34-year history with techniques directly derived from the aviation and aerospace industry.
The first 25 specially designed GTOs are also equipped with a 2.5 TFSI motor, which is 30 kg lighter than the standard AUDI AG variant. Joop Donkervoort, Donkervoort Founder says ‘This weight savings is obtained by redesigning several accessory parts of the motor together with the Quattro technicians. For example, amongst others a new intake manifold was developed. Because the intake follows a more favourable route through the motor area it is not only lighter, but has a favourable effect on the achievements of the motor as well. The dashboard in this design of the GTO is equipped with a special race module switch, which can increase the capacity from 340 to 400 HP at once. Connected to this is another Donkervoort novelty: the first car from Lelystad that has ‘traction control’ on board. Only for when it is raining of course.’
Donkervoort explain that by joining the steel tubular frame with large carbon composite panels with glue, a unique combination of (significantly increased) rigidity and ultra-light weight was created. They say that the carriage work also consists completely of carbon composite with as unique invention a one piece door (including integrated hinges), which can withstand a sideways blow of about 1500 kilos and of which the hinges can withstand a force of more than 1100 kilos and with a total weight of only 980g.
The production of the new car is expected to start this year and the first ‘regular’ versions are expected on the European roads starting in 2013.
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