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5Meet Mr. Donkervoort and his fabulous flying machines

Joop Donkervoort has at least two things going for him. First, the man has one of the most fun names to say that we can imagine. Second, he is responsible for taking Colin Chapman's Lotus Seven and continuing to push the idea toward ever-higher stratums of performance with vehicles like the D8 GTO. Xcar Films recently sat down with him for an interview, investigating how he got the idea to build such wild-looking speed machines.

14Donkervoort D8 GTO is the meanest Lotus 7 knock-off you've ever heard

Dutch company Donkervoort may have launched its nutty D8 GTO a few years ago already, but that doesn't mean we find the car any less insane today. With 380 turbocharged horsepower produced by its Audi-sourced 2.5-liter engine, and just about 1,500 pounds to move around (plus driver), the Lotus 7-inspired two-seater is about as maniacal as it gets.

33Donkervoort D8 GTO is bigger and badder

It was a year ago that Dutch sports car maker Doonkervoort teased the D8 GTO on its Christmas card. It took a little longer than expected (and we lost a fiver in the process), but Santa's elves have crafted the thing in time for this Christmas. As predicted, it's "clearly a size larger" than Donkervoort's other fireballs, the GT and D8 270RS, by about a foot in length and six inches in width.

7Donkervoort teases new D8 GTO in Christmas card

Donkervoort showed off a bit of a holiday surprise in the form of a company Christmas card that gave the world a hint as to what the automaker has planned for the new year. Behold: the first look at the D8 GTO. Using a carbon fiber and steel composite chassis, the company's next take on open-wheeled goodness is expected to be a good bit larger than the current iteration. While Donkervort hasn't made any clear distinctions as to what exactly will show up under the hood, early reports suggest the

16Dutch Delight: Donkervoort launches D8 235 E

Donkervoort G8 235 E - click above for high-res image gallery

13Donkervoort D8 GT in production, sales begin in June

Click above for a high-res gallery of the Donkervoort D8 GT.

13Geneva Motor Show: Donkervoort D8 GT

Donkervoort unveiled its newest daily driven track day weapon today in Geneva and not only does it look the biz, it takes the styling direction of its predecessors (and Caterhams, for that matter) to the next level.

9Dutch treat: Donkervoort D8 GT

You can pronounce Donkervoort however you like (there are few who will know any better); we prefer to pronounce it Donkerdamnthatshot. But, that's just us.

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