Audi has supplied its engines to some pretty incredible cars over the years. For smaller sports car companies, it’s far cheaper to buy engines from a larger auto manufacturer than it is to develop them and Audi has sold a few different engines to smaller brands over the years. The most famous engine partnership for Audi was with Spyker, whose C8 used a 4.2 liter V8 from the Audi R8. Now, though, there’s the psychotic Donkervoort D8-GTO JD70, which uses the same 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder as the Audi TT RS.
The Audi five-pot under the long hood of the Donkervoort D8-GTO JD70 (a name so complicated it makes the Germans’ look simple) makes 415 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. Unlike in Audis, the engine is mounted longitudinally and sends drive to just the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. Despite being only rear-wheel drive and using a manual, the Donkervoort can hit 62 mph in just 2.7 seconds.
Helping it get to 62 mph faster than an Audi R8 despite having more than 200 fewer horsepower is the fact that the Donkervoort weighs less than 700 kg (1,500 lbs). That low curb weight is due to its extensive use of carbon fiber and Caterham-like design.
The Donkervoort gets power steering, three-way adjustable Intrax dampers, adjustable anti-roll bars both front and rear and an advanced traction control system. So it can handle every bit as well as it can accelerate, being that it’s able to pull 2G through corners, which is enough to shift your internal organs.
Small sports car companies like Donkervoort are wonderful because they can do wild and crazy things without the need to comply with all sorts of regulations. Which is why the D8-GTO JD70 is so insane, yet so absolutely awesome. With its crazy looks, mind-melting performance and Audi engine, we’d love to drive one.