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Nankang AR-1 OE for Dutch sports car maker

Nankang has announced an original equipment supply contract with Dutch lightweight sports car maker Donkervoor Automobielen.

The Nankang AR-1 tyre has been chosen as an OE tyre for the new Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70.

Built at Donkervoor’s Lelystad factory in the Netherlands, the JD-70 will roll off the assembly line wearing 235/45ZR17 & 245/40ZR18 Nankang AR-1 tyres.

The D8 GTO-JD70 has been developed to honour the 70th birthday of Donkervoort Automobielen’s founder, Joop Donkervoort. It accelerates to 100km/h in 2.7 seconds, and from 0-200km/h in 7.7 seconds. Only 70 of them will be built.

It weighs less than 700kg, boasts 415bhp and its cornering peaks beyond 2G of lateral acceleration – on its standard OE tyre, the AR-1.

The Nankang AR-1 offers a combination of high-performance semi-slick tread compound and special bevel pattern design. According to Nankang, this unique compound of strengths helped the Nankang AR-1 meet Donkervoort’s stringent requirements.

The tyre has achieved EU tyre labeling giving it MSA List 1B approval and has successfully completed high-intensity circuits at the Nurburgring.

“We are very pleased that the Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 will also come off the production line with Nankang tyres, among others,” explains Shane, manager of Nankang Tire Europe. “As a future long-standing partner, we are proud to also be supplying our Motorsport ultra-high-performance tyres for the Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70.