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 the roll over bar, on the chassis shock absorber mounting point, left side as indicated with the red arrow. For the majority of the cars; remove the carpet slightly. After MOT, repair with a dot of contact glue if required.
D8 GTO, all models: rear end, right hand side, under the tonneau cover, directly under the roll over bar lower cross member, on the chassis shock absorber mounting point, left side as indicated with the red arrow.
Please note that the Vehicle Identification plate manufactured out of anodised aluminium under the bonnet is not allowed to use for VIN identification purposes. Only the one as mentioned above as stamped into the chassis.
Explanation 17 VIN digit positions (click to enlarge)
In this case it’s a 2003 D8 Audi.
Vehicle descriptor section (4-9)
The fourth to eighth positions in the VIN are the vehicle descriptor section or VDS. This is used, according to local regulations, to identify the vehicle type, and may include information on the platform used, the model, and the body style. Each manufacturer has a unique system for using this field. Most manufacturers since the 1980s have used the eighth digit to identify the engine type whenever there is more than one engine choice for the vehicle.
Vehicle identifier section (10-17)
The 10th to 17th positions are used as the ‘vehicle identifier section’ (VIS). This is used by the manufacturer to identify the individual vehicle in question. This may include information on options installed or engine and transmission choices, but often is a simple sequential number.