A Historical Celebration of Road Sports Cars That Took To The Tracks...

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GT Racecar A to Z -  

Other European

Marques

 

KTM X-BOW

KTM X-Bow

GILLET VERTIGO

DONKERVOORT

 

DONKERVOORT D8 GT  

( raced in European GT4 2008-09 )

 ENGINE : Audi 4 Cylinder 1800cc Turbo

POWER :  up to 270 BHP

WEIGHT :  650 KGS

Founded by Joop Donkervoort in Lelystad , Holland in

1978 producing hand-built lightweight sports cars.

Origionally in the style of the Lotus 7 and using Ford

engines , the company has developed into their own

longer, lower styled S8 which switched to Audi turbo

power in 1999.

The D8 GT of 2007 used a all carbon-fibre coupe

body and purposful styling. The factory built 3 race

chassis for Denis Donkervoort , Nico Pronk and

 Stephane Winterburger to contest European GT4

races in 2008 + 2009. Ran in the Supersports class

 against the likes of the KTM X-Bow , Denis

Donkervoort recording 2 third-places overall during

the full season of 2009.

SPYKER C8 LAVIOLETTE

ENGINE :  Audi / Mader V8 Cylinders  3782 cc

POWER :

WEIGHT :

TOP SPEED :  180 MPH  ( 2008 Le Mans )

SPYKER C8

Gillet2 Gillet1

VOLKSWAGEN SCIROCCO MK.1

( Raced in Nurburgring 1000 kms 1976,77,78,79,80

Sebring,Watkins Glen ,DRM and Trans-Am )

ENGINE :   4 Cylinders  1588 cc

POWER :

WEIGHT :

TOP SPEED :  

PRODUCTION : 504,153  ( 1974-82 )

VWs pretty coupe was styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro ,

sold half a million units and close to my heart as I

owned one and was the car i brought my new born son

home in.

Rudiger Dahlhauser debuted the car April 1975 in the

DRM ( German GT ) at Hockenheim where despite

being one of the few 1600cc cars in the 2000cc class

and against the likes of Zakspeeds Escorts and the

BMW 2002s qualified 7th out of 33 first time out.

This set the tone for tuned Sciroccos to something of

a giant-killer in GT and particulary in the European

Touring Cars which , as Group 2 regs allowed for wide

wheel arches and front spoilers. Wolgang Wolff ran in

7 DRM rounds in 1977 in the Spiess Tuning car in the

cars busiest season which usually included the lesser

DARM GT series aswell.

In the States Milt Minter ran a white car for Bill

Scott in 5 Trans-Am rounds including the Watkins

Glen 6 hours ( a round of the World Championship ) and

the Sebring 12-hours ( round 1 of IMSA that year ).

It was in Touring Cars though that the car was a real

giantkiller. The Car won the 1600 class in 20 out of

23 races during 1977+78. Jorg Siegrist was the top

driver winning 5 with Anton Stocker in the Spiess car

then 8 with Willi Bergmeister in the orange

Jagermeister racing car. Six times a little scirocco

finished in the top 3 overall during those 2 seasons

and 22 times in top 7, proving the cars pace and its

reliability in these 4-hour events.

Just to complete the history the Belgian VW Club

entered Sciroccos in the Spa 24-hours race , then a

non-championship Group 1 event and had top 20 overall

finishes from 1977-80 with 2 class seconds. In the

1978 event the club boasted in one of their cars

superstar drivers Jacky Ickx and Brian Redman.

 

V.W. Scirocco mk1