If you haven’t heard of Donkervoot, we don’t blame you. It’s a very small, independent Dutch automaker that builds small, sporty roadsters, mostly. Its latest project, the Donkervoot D8 GTO-JD70 (that name makes Audi’s names seem simple), is a two-seat, roadster powered by an Audi TT RS engine.
Being a small automaker, it’s much more financially sensible to buy engines from larger brands, rather than make one. And Donkervoot couldn’t have chosen a better engine for its roadster. The 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine from the TT RS makes 415 bhp (420 hp, more than the TT RS) and 520 Nm (383 lb-ft) of torque. That engine is paired with a close-ratio five-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip rear-differential. That’s right, the turbocharged five-pot that’s normally transversely-mounted in the TT RS, is longitudinally-mounted and powers the rear wheels.
Considering that the Donkervoot only weighs an astonishing 700 kg (1,543 lbs), which gives it an insane power-to-weight ratio. It gets that ultra-light curb weight by having 95-percent of its body made from carbon fiber. Even its wheels are carbon. So it’s high-tech stuff, lightweight stuff.
While the Dutch brand doesn’t quote any 0-60 mph times, we expect it to be shockingly fast. However, it does claim a remarkable 2Gs of lateral cornering grip, which is insane. Pulling 2Gs of lateral acceleration is enough to pull your brain out of your ear. And that’s said to be on standard tires.
The Donkervoot seems to be an exercise in extremes and we love it. We also love the choice of engine, as the Audi RS-sourced 2.5 liter turbo-five is one of the most exciting engines on the market. So not only will it be incredibly fast but it will make a great noise doing it. We highly doubt we’ll ever be able to see one of these, as only 70 are being built (to honor the founder’s 70th birthday), never mind actually drive one. Still, it’s nice to know it exists.