May 4, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on May 4, 2015

Donkervoort LogoBrief History About Donkervoort

Donkervoort Automobiles was founded in 1978 in the Netherlands by Joop Donkervoort. Its factory is located in Lelystad, Netherlands. The cars were built to be basic and fast and originally were very similar to the Lotus/Caterham 7 and ran Ford engines.

Later the cars began to be even more develop and became more modernised, bringing together a combination of old with new, with more power from turbocharging and also the need for a wider track and chassis upgrades.

In 1996 the Ford engines were changed for Audi units, due to the popular Cosworth engines no longer being built and again along with this came an even wider track and more attention to the chassis.

One highlight to mention is that in 2004 and 2005 a Donkervoort D8 270 (RS) broke the Nordschleife lap record for a street-legal car with a time of 7m 14.9s (set in 2005).

A hardtop version was also introduced in 2007 and from there on, Donkervoort have continued to build an ever increasingly more stylised, powerful and faster car.

Donkervoort D8 GTO
Donkervoort D8 GTO 2012