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Donkervoort Automobielen has sold more than half of the JD70s it's going to build

The Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 is a pure driver's car.

Photo courtesy of Donkervoort Automobielen

The Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 is one of those cars that puts a smile on an enthusiast's face. It's centered around the driving experience as a pure expression of the true sport of being behind the wheel. The model was developed to celebrate the 70th birthday of the company's founder Joop Donkervoort.

The exterior of the car looks more than a little bit like a bird's skull from the side. It's unique and not so streamlined that it blends in. More than 95 percent of the model's body is made of a weave of carbon fiber and Kevlar. Its front end is entirely 3D-printed. The car is compliant with the European Community's Small Series type approval crash regulations.

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Buyers can get their model in a raw finish or painted with a lacquer coating with a matte or polished finish.

Underpinning the model is a hybrid chassis. It has carbon fiber added to its tubular steel ladder frame for strength and has aluminum in less critical areas to reduce weight. The car also saves weight by having single-piece doors and a light-weight lithium-ion battery.

Its exhaust shoots out the side that, when paired with the second rear diffuser, allows for additional downforce at the rear.

The car's quick-release steering wheel is a muti-function unit. Electric power steering is available.

Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 Electronic steering is available in the model - a Donkervoort first.Photo courtesy of Donkervoort Automobielen

Donkervoort has designed the car for both the track and the road. It has a wide-track double-wishbone suspension system and three-way adjustable Intrax dampers at each corner. A variable traction control system is standard.

The car sports Tarox braking hardware. A Bosch Race ABS system is an option for track-focused drivers.

The JD70 rides on 17-inch forged alloy wheels up front and 18-inchers in the back. Carbon fiber rims are available. Dokervoort has put Nankang AR-1 on the model as original equipment. These tires provide significant mid-corner grip, which helps the car successfully pull more than 2G of lateral acceleration in corners and more than 1G of acceleration.

Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 The model rides on 17-inch wheels up front.Photo courtesy of Donkervoort Automobielen

Each model is powered by an Audi Sport turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 415 bhp and is capable of getting the car from zero to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds.

Paired with that engaging drive is a minimal topside setup with open-top accommodations.

The car's seats are also made of carbon fiber. Overall, the car weighs 1,499 pounds - a little over half the weight of a Ford Fiesta.

Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 The car's body is mostly made up of a carbo fiber-Kevlar blend.Photo courtesy of Donkervoort Automobielen

The D8 GTO-JD70 starts at €163.636,36 (before taxes). Donkervoort says that over half of the 70 limited edition models are already sold. Deliveries start this summer.

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Dream job alert

You could become Dodge's Chief Donut Maker

You can apply to become a Dodge ambassador with some great perks.

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One lucky person is about to win the car enthusiast's job of a lifetime, though only for a year. Beginning today, Dodge is accepting applications for its new and temporary Chief Donut Maker

If the title alone isn't enough to make the job sound appealing, the benefits are seemingly endless. The lucky new Dodge "employee" will pick up a $150,000 salary, along with the opportunity to drive an SRT Hellcat company car for the year. Additionally, the winner will participate in all manner of racing and car-related events, take courses at Radford Racing School, and get a load of Dodge-branded clothing.

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If you're reading this and thinking it sounds like a blast - you're right. There's a catch, however, which comes in the form of an intense consideration process that culminates in a racing event with a pro driver on a closed course. A panel of judges will evaluate the video entries, and wrestler Bill Goldberg will oversee the race between the top ten finalists. Dodge says the series of eliminations will air like a reality TV show, with the winner being revealed in the final episode.

Today is the opening day of the application period. You have until February 28 to submit your short video, which can be a maximum of two minutes. Get busy making your video and head here to submit it before the deadline.

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Dodge offers upgrades that push power to 885 ponies in some models.

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The world may be going electric, but Dodge is still offering plenty of support to owners of its famed Hellcat muscle cars. Today, the automaker announced a program to provide factory-backed performance parts for SRT Hellcat cars. The components can be ordered and installed by one of Dodge's "Power Broker" dealerships.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Dodge's packages include graphics for the Challenger.Dodge

Called Direct Connection, the service is Dodge's official source for performance parts and other components. Dodge offers two kits for Challenger SRT models: Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye cars can be upgraded to 885 horsepower and the standard Hellcat can be pushed to 750 ponies. In all, Direct Connection offers 14 kits for the Challenger and 13 race-ready kits. There are also four graphics packages for the Challenger Mopar Drag Park model.

Because of their connections with the company that designed and built the cars in the first place, factory-backed tuning and performance operations are usually top-notch. Dodge's program offers live technical support and an online catalog that allows users to mix and match performance parts using the site's "recipes." All parts that are installed or replaced by a certified Dodge dealer do not interfere with the cars' three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty or the five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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If Dodge-approved performance parts get you excited, you don't have long left to wait. The kits will go on sale late in the first quarter of 2022. The Dodge Power Brokers dealer network will also start around that time.

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