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Donkervoort D8 GTO Supercar Does Zero-60 in 3 Seconds, First “Test Drives” Done in Computer Simulations

Donkervoort D8 GTO Supercar Does Zero-60 in 3 Seconds, First “Test Drives” Done in Computer Simulations

25 January, 2012

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Different automotive brands stand for different values, such as efficiency, luxury, speed and performance. Donkervoort Automobielen BV, a Dutch automotive manufacturer, increasingly relies on SolidWorks® advanced 3D design and simulation tools in its quest to produce the perfect sports car. This value was on display on December 17 when Donkervoort unveiled the newly designed model D8 GTO. By incorporating SolidWorks Flow Simulation and SolidWorks Simulation Premiumto its existing SolidWorks package, Donkervoort created a single CAD environment for the redesign of its D8 GTO model, ensuring total integration of the design and simulation process. Donkervoort focuses on sports cars that are hand built, lightweight, high performance and perform like Formula One racecars, even though they look like classic roadsters. Redesigning the engine to develop power resulted in added weight in the D8 GTO, causing Donkervoort to rework the body. The company turned to SolidWorks 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and advanced structural simulation solutions to ensure performance while staying on budget and delivering the car on schedule. The story about how Donkervoort used SolidWorks Simulation to develop the D8 GTO was posted on Discovery.com. The article, “Donkervoort D8 GTO Supercar Does Zero-60 in 3 Seconds, First ‘Test Drives’ Done in Computer Simulations,” can be found here. For some background information, Discovery has 86,336,000 subscribers. Read more >>>

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