Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The Dutch Supercar You've Never Heard of That's Setting Race-Track Records

Tourists know Flevoland in the Netherlands for its flat fields and dikes. Petrolheads, meanwhile, know it for a small business that employs 30 people. Donkervoort Automobielen produces 40 high-powered race-bred sports cars a year that boast top speeds of up to 168mph (270kmh). With a starting price tag of 153,000 euros ($162,000), the hand-built luxury D8 GTO was developed over two and a half years. It’s even cemented a long-term guest appearance in Microsoft’s Xbox 'Forza' video games. The real-life two-seat auto eschews modern driving aids such anti-lock braking and power steering. This helps deliver an impressive power-to-weight ratio – a favorite specification for those with a need for speed. Say hello to one of the fastest street-legal cars in existence. Photographs by Jasper Juinen for Bloomberg

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    The steel tubing of the D8 GTO chassis is both laser-cut and welded on-site in the workshop, resulting in a chassis weight of 54kg (119 pounds).

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    The shock absorbers, by Dutch suspension specialists Intrax, provide stability as the D8 GTO powers from 0-62mph (0-100kph) in 2.8 seconds.

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    The electronic wiring for each automobile is made and fitted by hand.

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    A vintage 1981 S8A car stands on display in the servicing area of the facility. Production of this model ceased in 1993.

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    Bespoke seating is custom-made for each car, with clients able to dictate upholstery finishes, color, and even stitching patterns. 

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    At the heart of the lightweight 700kg (1,540 pounds) D8 GTO body is a specially stripped-down Audi AG 2.5L R5 TFSI engine.

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    A mechanic works in the assembly area.

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    The nose panel of a classic Donkervoort D8 sits on the floor of the servicing area of the workshop in Lelystad.

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    A mechanic works on the restoration of a vintage S7. With a 1.6-litre Ford engine and four-speed gearbox, the S7 held a top speed of 105mph.

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    Around 90 percent of the G8 GTO's body is made from carbon fibre, with all components developed and produced in-house.

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    The one-piece door of the D8 GTO weighs just 980 grams (2.1 pounds). Using technology derived from the aerospace industry, the hinges can withstand a mass of more than 1,100kg.

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    One of the finishing touches to a D8 GTO is the handcrafted sheet metal exhaust guard that runs along the bottom of the body.

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    The completed D8 GTO Premium model comes with a starting price tag of 163,000 euros ($173,000). 

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    A D8 GTO Bilster Berg speeds through a Dutch polder. It can reach the 124mph (200kmh) mark in just 8.6 seconds.

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    The D8 GTO Bilster Berg Edition was created to commemorate the setting of the lap record for street-legal cars at Germany's Bilster Berg race circuit. A limited series of 14 cars sold out, with a starting price of 194,000 euros ($205,000).