Donkervoort ‘up for the problem’ of getting F22 on Australian roads

Household-owned Dutch sports activities automotive producer Donkervoort has unveiled its subsequent automobile, the ultra-lightweight F22.

The automotive is called after the firstborn youngster of managing director Denis Donkervoort, Filippa, who was born on Could 22, 2022.

Denis Donkervoort took over from his father, Joop Donkervoort, in 2021, and has now unveiled the 750kg supercar which is able to characterise the model’s new period by being the lightest road-registered, two-seat supercar on the earth. 

Underneath the bonnet is a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine sourced from Audi, which Donkervoort engineers have tuned for extra low-end drivability. 

The F22 will be capable to attain a prime velocity of round 290km/h and generate as much as 2.15 of lateral G. 

The engine will present 373kW of energy, good for a power-to-weight ratio of 497kW per 1000kg. It’s mated with a five-speed guide gearbox, rear-wheel drive, and a limited-slip Torsen differential. 

F22s have already been reserved in main markets together with North America, the Center East, and Europe, with a beginning worth of €245,000 ($A380,000) earlier than on-road prices.

An extra €100,000 ($A155,000) of customisation choices can be found.

A Donkervoot spokesperson confirmed to CarExpert the F22 will be shipped to Australia – though it hasn’t been homologated for the area outdoors of monitor use.

When you’re actually eager, the model is “up for the problem” of getting the F22 registered ought to an Australian fanatic have their eyes on the mannequin. 

The F22 has double the torsional and bending rigidity of the outgoing D8 GTO, because of a chassis constructed of metal tube and Ex-Core carbon fibre.

Ex-Core is a Donkervoort spin-off that manufactures a carbon fibre sandwich product designed to be stronger and extra inflexible than common CFRP, and has been utilized in Formulation 1, racing yachts, and different hypercars. 

“The important thing to all the pieces we do is weight. The much less weight you carry, the much less weight it’s important to cease, flip and speed up, and the much less gasoline you employ and the extra intimate the automotive will be,” Denis Donkervoort defined. 

There may be additionally an adjustable hydraulic ride-height system that may elevate the F22 by as a lot as 35mm.

The inside end is generally on the discretion of the proprietor, however Donkervoort is recommending light-weight Recaro seats with six-point harnesses which have been authorised each for racing and highway use. 

A clear sprint contains a small digital show for the driving force. An iPad Mini infotainment system is an non-obligatory add-on, and the manually-removable roof can flip the F22 right into a convertible. 

The preliminary manufacturing run of fifty models was boosted to 75 after the preliminary run offered out based mostly on teaser sketches alone. 

Deliveries of the F22 will start in January 2023.