Donkervoort F22 revealed with 490kW per tonne

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Claimed to be world’s lightest two-seat supercar, F22 has power-to-weight ratio of 490kW per tonne.

Donkervoort will end the D8 GTO era with the new F22, claimed to be the lightest two-seat supercar in the world.

Weighing in at just 750kg, the F22 is the the most powerful car yet produced by Donkervoort. It has a power-to-weight ratio of 490kW per tonne, thanks to a 368kW turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine linked to a rev-matching five-speed transmission.

Top speed, which hasn’t been electronnically limited, is expected to exceed 290km/h.

Much of this lightness comes from a completely reworked chassis made from a mix of tubular steel and in-house-built, Formula 1-grade Ex-Core carbonfibre – which is stronger, lighter and can be made into more complex shapes than standard material. This allows for a 100 per cent boost in torsional and bending rigidity over the outgoing D8 GTO Individual Series, which in turns brings better grip: it can handle a maximum lateral acceleration of 2.15g while cornering.

The first car to come under the guidance of new boss Denis Donkervoort (who has replaced his father, founder Joop Donkervoort) is also the Dutch firm’s largest – at only 5cm slimmer and 50cm shorter than the Lamborghini Huracán – and most civilised. This is down to a more spacious cabin and, for the first time, a twin-plate targa-style carbonfibre roof that, the firm says, brings better everyday usability.

A completely redesigned interior is the key to this, which boasts an extra 80mm of shoulder width and 100mm of cabin length over the car it replaces. It comes complete with custom-designed, lightweight Recaro seats, into which occupants are strapped by what’s performance caclaimed to be the first six-point harness approved both for racing and road use.

“The F22 is the pinnacle of what we know with lightweight engineering, strength, combustion engines and pure speed,” said Denis Donkervoort.

“The F22 gives Donkervoort drivers new levels of speed, handling, driving purity, design and practicality and shows the world where Donkervoort is going in the future.”

It will look to rival other premium lightweights, such as the new KTM X-Bow GT-XR (which also now comes with a roof), Dallara Stradale and Radical Rapture when it arrives next month, priced from €245,000 (AUD$380,000).

Just 75 examples will be made, up from an original 50 – all of which sold out after initial sketches were released.

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