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Castrol Racing 10W-60 yes or no for Audi 1.8T 20V engines?

I come across many 1.8T 20V engines (AGU and E-gas) with a lubricant advise sticker mounted on the left side of the pedal box, stating that Castrol Racing 10W-60 should be used. This engine oil was developed specifically for the BMW M-models. I know Donkervoort has used this engine oil during the 24 hrs. of […]

Location chassis number all Donkervoort models

Over the last couple of months I received various e-mails and phone calls where the chassis (VIN -Vehicle Identification Number) number of a Donkervoort is located. The main reason for this is the regular MOT / APK check. Location: all Donkervoort models except GTO: rear end, right hand side, under the tonneau cover, directly under […]

Jack up points Donkervoort all models except GTO

If it is required to jack up your Donkervoort for service purposes, it is good to know what are the best jack up points. Keep away your jack from the red marked area’s! The aluminium parts covering the chassis can be easily damaged when the proper jack up points are not used. The aluminum sheets […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – Removing the bonnet

In order to remove the bonnet, the four clips on the outside of the vehicle must be loosened. Once this has been done, the entire bonnet can be removed. Lower the bonnet gently to the ground to avoid damage. Replacing the bonnet is done by performing the above actions in reverse order. Note: For your safety, […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – Hood – Tonneau cover – doors

Attaching the hood to the vehicle All of the parts (the hood and the coupling set) can be stored in the area behind the seats, which can then be covered with the optional tonneau cover. This cover can be attached to the vehicle using the press-studs.     Once the protective cover has been removed, […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – Brake bias

Brake bias If the vehicle is equipped with this system, the knob located underneath the dashboard (see photo) can be used to adjust the braking power between the front and rear wheels. This means that the brakes can be adjusted so that the vehicle will brake harder either on the front wheels or rear wheels. […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – Adjusting the seats

   It is possible to adjust only the drivers seat. Under the seat in the middle, there is a handle. If this is pulled upwards, the stool can be adjusted backwards or forwards. It is not possible to adjust the back of the seat. When the car is equipped with an optional Corbeau FAI approved […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – Steering column controls

Ignition switch     The ignition has three positions: Ignition/engine off. If the key is removed, the steering wheel can be locked in position. Ignition activated. The electrical functions in the vehicle will work. Engine started. Windscreen-wipers interval switch  The switch for the windscreen wipers is located on the right side of the steering column. The switch […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – Fuel cap

Refueling The fuel cap is located on the rear right wing of the vehicle, and can be opened and locked using the key delivered for this purpose. Once the small flap has been opened, the fuel cap can be unlocked using the key. If the fuel cap is turned to the left, it can be […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – Windscreen washers

Windscreen washers The tank for the windscreen washer fluid is located on the left hand side of the engine bay, see also the overview photo of the engine bay. Always used specialised fluid, diluted with water, to fill this tank. Under no circumstances should you use water alone, as use of water alone in the […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – Battery

The battery is located in the rear of the vehicle on the left hand side. By removing the carpeting, you will have access to the battery. The connection on the positive pole is red and has a separate cover. The connection on the negative pole is black.     When working on the battery, the […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – Adjusting vehicle height and suspension

Adjusting the vehicle’s ride height and suspension The vehicle is fitted as standard with the red Koni shock absorbers which can only be adjusted by the manufacturer (Koni).    If the car is fitted with an adjustable WP suspension (as on the images shown here), the following adjustment options are possible: Adjusting the ride height […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – towing

If the vehicle is not fitted with the optional tow-rings, then it is still possible to tow the vehicle by fastening a nylon tow-cable to the bottom triangle of the wheel suspension. Note: Never ever attach a tow-cable to any part of the steering mechanism.     If tow-rings are fitted (see photo’s: the upper and […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – Measuring range on the oil gauge

Checking the oil level It is normal for the engine to use up oil. For this reason the oil level should be checked every time the vehicle is re-fuelled and before any long journeys. The vehicle should be parked on horizontal ground when you are checking the oil level. Once the engine has been switched […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – brake fluid

Operation – Brake system D8 1999 – 2010 (click image to enlarge) Brake fluid The tank for the brake fluid is located on the left hand side of the engine bay, see the overview of the engine bay.    The brake fluid level should always be between the min. and max. markings. A minor decrease […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – cooling system

Operation – Cooling system D8 1999 – 2010 (click image to enlarge) Cooling System The cooling system is filled as standard with a coolant which does not have to be replaced. This coolant consists of water and 40% anti-freeze (Audi G11V8B). This mixture offers not only sufficient protection against freezing, but also protects the lightweight […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – fuses

Operation – Overview of the fuses D8 1999 – 2009 (click images to enlarge) Fuses The separate switch-leg circuits are fitted with cut-out fuses for safety purposes. The fuses are located under the bonnet on the right hand side (see photo). In order to open the fuse-box, the two tags should be pressed inwards and the […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – keys and alarm system

Operation – Overview of the alarm system D8 1999 – 2009 (click images to enlarge) Keys The vehicle is delivered with the following standard keys: Two main keys, these both fit in the ignition. Fuel cap key, this is a key for opening and locking the fuel cap (early models). The number of the key is printed […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – Heating

Operation – Overview of the heating & ventilation system D8 1999 – 2009 (click images to enlarge) Ventilation The vehicle is equipped with a ventilation system which has three levels: off, half-speed and full-speed. This ventilator is operated using the knob on the instrument panel and blows ventilated or heated air into the interior through the […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – Emergency power switch (optional)

Operation – Overview of the Emergency power switch (optional) D8 1999 – 2009 (click images to enlarge)   An emergency power switch is located on the inside of the passengers foot area. This switch , when turned, interrupts the positive pole of the battery following which all electrical systems will be de-activated (except for the […]

Donkervoort D8 operating manual – Dashboard

Operation – Overview of the drivers area D8 1999 – 2009 (click images to enlarge) Functions of the metres, from left to right (click image to enlarge). The recommended values under normal operating conditions are shown in brackets. Speedometer/Odometer/Trip recorder RPM indicator (maximum 6500 RPM, Cup Model maximum 7000 RPM) Turbo pressure meter (maximum 0,5 […]