Donkervoort’s New Audi-Powered F22 is the Wildest Track-Focused Sports Car Yet

 

As strange as it sounds to those not in the know, no, this isn’t something donk related. Donkervoort, a Dutch manufacturer that builds ultra lightweight sports cars (think Caterham!), best known for their D8 model, unveiled their newest creation, dubbed the F22. And no, it’s not a fighter jet either.

 

 

So what is it? It’s a complete step-up over the aforementioned D8 in all segments. Perhaps not in style, but that’s subjective. Everything else is a major upgrade, down to every bit that you could think of. It was named after second generation CEO Denis Donkervoort’s baby daughter Filippa, whose birthday is on May 22nd, 2022. We’d thought Denis had done an Elon and named his daughter in a similar fashion, but thankfully, he didn’t.

Powertrain

 

As if the looks aren’t wild enough, the 2.5-liter inline 5 borrowed from Audi has been tuned to make 496 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque, mated to a five-speed stick shift, down to the Torsen limited-slip differential to all four wheels. You’ll be glad to know that there isn’t any other option than the manual – it wouldn’t make sense to see an auto in a track toy. Nonetheless, that allows for a top speed of 290 km/h and a 0-62 mph of 2.5 seconds, all thanks to its ridiculous (lack of) weight.

Taking Lightweight to Heart

 

 

The Dutchies really gave their all in this one – despite being their largest model to date, it only weighs 750 kilos. Heavier than the D8, but that’s not all. The power-to-weight ratio comes out to a fittingly terrifying 666 horsepower per metric ton. That isn’t made up, and neither is the fact that it’s got more hp/ton than the likes of Bugatti’s Veyron, the LaFerrari, and rival automaker Caterham’s Seven 620R.

 

 

The chassis itself is built with a mix of thin-wall tubular steel, carbon fiber, and aluminum. In addition to making it lighter, it’s twice more rigid than their D8 GTO, and that means better handling. Don’t expect luxuries inside either, they carry the same amount of significance as messaging seats in a fighter jet; which actually sounds quite nice to have. Regardless, the removable driver-and-passenger side roof pieces are also made of carbon, which can be stored in the luggage compartment.

Cornering Abilities in Check

 

 

It goes without saying that the handling department has to excel as well, accompanied by the 18-inch front and 19-inch rear aluminum wheels wrapped in Nankang AR-1 tires and hydraulic dampers capable of rising up to 35 mm (presumably for clearing pesky speedbumps). The standard aluminum alloys weigh 11.8 kg each, but you could opt for carbon fiber ones which are only 5.4 kilos. Obviously, that won’t do, so there’s forged alloys that weigh 3.6 kilos each. Your pick.

 

AP Racing’s steel brakes and 4-piston calipers allow it to achieve 1.12 Gs of deceleration, but how much of it you get to use depends on how many leg days you’ve skipped. The F22 is quite barebones, so there isn’t any power assist for the brakes. You do get a variable traction control system, Bosch’s rev-matching system, and an option to add servo assistance to the rack and pinion steering, so there’s that.

Interior Luxuries, or Lack Thereof

 

 

Step inside and you’ll quickly find that their weight reduction efforts have spread to the interior as well. But it fits its purpose, and as barren as it is, it still manages to have a more pleasant-looking interior than any Tesla could (though the former is undeniably more comfortable). Even the iPad Mini infotainment system is optional. The driver side, though, gets a small screen as an instrument cluster, accompanied by a few other buttons and what looks to be the smallest set of A/C vents we have seen in anything new. 

 

 

The road-and-track approved bare carbon Recaro seats come with six-point harnesses, and it has a boot space of 10.5 cubic feet. The targa-style roof can be achieved by removing the carbon panels up top. The center piece is also detachable. It’s also got butterfly doors, and Donkervoort claims that it’s much more comfortable and usable than their past models, with more interior space – a common suggestion made by their international customers.

 

 

It starts at €245,000 without everything. All the accessories cost upwards of €100,000. Its initial planned run of only 50 units already sold out, so the marque’s adding 25 more around the world. Buyers will get their track toys in January. It looks much more like a proper road car than any of their older models, though I cannot unsee some similarities between completely unrelated subjects. Regardless, it’s a bank-breaker, but one that promises superior track performance.

 

 

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