Now the D8 GTO is breaking more than mental and performance boundaries. Last week, the very first D8 GTOs were registered outside the European Union, as a pair of premium model GTOs found new homes and registration plates in Switzerland.
We brought you the news that the Donkervoort D8 GTO had received its small series-type approval, allowing it to be sold in the EU, Russia, Switzerland and the Gulf States, but it wasn’t until last week that the first GTOs actually made that journey.
To commemorate the occasion, the cars were personally delivered by Dennis Donkervoort.
Read more about Donkervoort and its D8 GTO after the jump.}
Donkervoort is a Netherlands-based company that started life in 1978 making clones of the Lotus Seven. The D8 GTO is the latest and greatest machine from Donkervoort, and its builds on a 30-plus-year legacy of creating super-fast machines.
It may still have the general proportions of the Lotus Seven, but the D8 GTO is a completely unique beast both in terms of design and performance.Thanks to a full carbon-fiber body, the car weighs under 1,500 pounds. With its 380 horsepower, Audi-sourced, 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder the D8 GTO has a power-to-weight ratio of under two pounds per horsepower.
That allows the D8 GTO to hit 60 mph from a dead stop in less than three seconds, and makes it one of the fastest road legal cars in the world.
Gallery Donkervoort D8 GTO
First Donkervoort D8 GTOs delivered in Switzerland
GTOs now also officially on the road outside the European Union
This past week was again an important milestone in the history of the Donkervoort D8 GTO. No less than two (Premium) D8 GTOs received their Swiss licence plates. Under a delightful wintry sun and in the beautiful surroundings of Zurich the keys of the brand new GTOs were handed to their new owners. And with this the first GTOs outside the European Union were delivered.
In 2013 the latest Donkervoort addition won the new European small series type approval. This type approval did not only open the doors in all European Member States, but is also accepted in Switzerland, Russia and the Gulf States. After prior deliveries of the Premium GTOs in various countries within the European Union, the latest Donkervoort model was officially registered in a country outside the EU for the very first time this past week. A memorable moment, in which the brand-new full-options GTOs were delivered to their happy new owners in Switzerland under personal escort of Dennis Donkervoort.
So from now on keep your eyes and ears wide open when driving through Switzerland. Because who knows ….. maybe you too will see the Donkervoort D8 GTO on the Swiss (mountain) roads!