Dutch car manufacturer Donkervoort has announced the production of a new ultralight two-seater, the F22. The company, which is known for its high-performance sports cars, will produce just 75 copies of the F22, each of which will be priced at 245,000 euros.
The F22 boasts a power-to-weight ratio that is better than that of the Bugatti Veyron, thanks to its Audi-sourced 2.5-liter 5-cylinder turbo petrol engine, which produces 500 horsepower. The car's lightweight design means it weighs just 750 kilograms, resulting in impressive acceleration – Donkervoort claims the F22 can reach 100 km/h from a standing start in just 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 290 km/h.
According to Donkervoort, the key to the success of their sports cars is their focus on reducing weight. By minimizing the weight of their vehicles, they are able to improve acceleration, handling, and fuel efficiency. This emphasis on lightweight design also allows for a more intimate driving experience.
The company believes that the less weight a car carries, the better it will perform in all aspects of its design. “The key to everything we do is weight”. Donkervoot says, “ The less weight you carry, the less weight you have to stop, turn and accelerate, and the less fuel you use and the more intimate the car can be”.
Track-focused but capable of being driven on public roads
Despite its high-performance capabilities, the F22 is also capable of being driven on public roads. It features a tubular chassis, independent suspension, and a 5-speed manual gearbox, as well as a limited mechanical differential lock to ensure optimal traction.
The car's special Nankang tires also help to provide exceptional grip, even when cornering at forces of up to 2.15g. Inside the F22, the cabin is minimalist and functional, with Recaro seats and six-point belts. The car also has a range of optional extras, including a hydraulic suspension system that allows the car to be raised by an additional 35 millimeters for improved clearance on city streets.
A removable carbon roof and multimedia system are also available. Deliveries of the F22 are set to begin in the coming year, and Donkervoort says that 50 of the 75 cars have already been sold. The F22 represents the latest iteration of the company's D8 GTO model, and is expected to be popular among sports car enthusiasts.