24H of Dubai Donkervoort Special Edition to be seen at 2011 AutoRai Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 12, 2011

A 24H of Dubai Special Edition model will be displayed at AutoRai Motor Show, in Amsterdam, from April 13 to 23. This model was designed to commemorate the Donkervoort D8 GT’s win at the GT4 class of the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai last January.

The Special Edition Donkervoort is an ultra-lightweight version of the D8 270 roadster or D8 GT 270 models. As a weight-reducing measure, the car is filled with carbon fiber parts. Only 10 samples of the model will be built, with each getting a number.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise really since Donkervoort is known to have a preference for composite components, which are meant to make the cars safe, light, and stiff. Carbonfiber is used on the cycle wings and the seats. For its interior, the car will get a special 24H carbonfiber dashboard that comes with a digital display.

The new versions can be distinguished from the standard ones as they have a special edition badge. To date, it has yet to be determined whether there will be changes to the engine, gearbox and suspension. The standard D8 GT weighs only 650 kg – which makes it the lightest GT car in the world.

The D8 GT standard is powered by a 1,781 cc engine that delivers 198.5 kW (266 hp) at 6,000 rpm. It delivers a torque level of 267 lb-ft (362 Nm) at 4,000 rpm. The car can accelerate from zero to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.8 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 152 mph (245 km/h).

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Donkervoort introduces 24H of Dubai Special Edition

Last January, the Donkervoort D8 GT managed to obtain first position in the 24H of Dubai GT4-class. In honor of this fantastic result Donkervoort will introduce the 24H of Dubai special edition - an ultra light-weight D8 270 and D8GT 270 - during the AutoRAI 2011 in Amsterdam next week.

Besides the composite (carbon) components that are already used in the Donkervoort, which not only make the car ultra light-weight but also add to the torsion stiffness and overall safety of the car, this special edition will be equipped with extra carbon fiber (components) in e.g. the cycle wings and seats. Furthermore, this Donkervoort special edition will have a special 24H (carbon fiber) dashboard with a digital display. The Donkervoort 24H special edition will be produced in a limited series of only 10 cars and will be equipped with a recognisable special edition inscription plate.

Press and public will be able to take a first look at the first D8 GT 24H edition at the AutoRAI 2011. Apart from that, the Donkervoort 24H merchandising line - made in collaboration Dutch fashion brand State of Art - will be available at the AutoRAI 2011 as well.

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