Busy workshop…. Is your Zero all set up and ready for the summer?

As many of you know we offer a full range of workshop services for your GBS Zero Sports cars and also other sports cars. We offer a wide range of services from upgrades to Mot’s. The new ATR Products brake upgrade has proven very popular as has the ATR Products Suspension upgrade. Our IVA Service is another popular service and we always have several sports cars in the workshop that are here for the IVA Service that we offer. We are able to prepare and present your car to IVA along with registration as well, this week we are presenting  two Zero’s to test with one of them passing this morning.

 We have recently seen an increase in customers having Geometry and corner weight set up done on their sports cars, which can make a big difference to both the performance and handling of your sports car.

We currently have a nice Zero in our workshop with us for the IVA Service and is booked to go to test soon. But last week we took it to be Rolling Road tested, if you visit our GBS Instagram you can see a link to a short video clip taken at 3,500 rpm solid state mapping on an Emerald ECU with a new 2.0Zetec on ATR Products Throttle Bodies. It produced 174 bhp with more to come!

 Whether you use your car for weekend drives, occasional Track Days or Motorsport we will be able to offer you something.

Visit our dedicated Workshop services page that includes the IVA Service to see more details of what we can offer, or contact us to discuss getting your car booked in. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

IVA 020002.jpg

Factory Tour at GBS & Chelsea Football Team sign Zero photo....

We get a lot of enquires for Factory Tours for owners clubs and sports car clubs all over the country, we offer a few Factory Tour dates throughout the year including weekends and evenings. We were recently pleased to welcome the Austin 7 Owners Club to the GBS factory for a  tour with Richard which took place on a Saturday morning. The morning generally starts with tea and biscuits in the GBS Show room then onto the GBS Workshop, Design & Development Room, Machine & Engineering, Clean Room, Kit Spares Store and then back into the showroom for more tea and biscuits, questions and often a test drive in one of our Zero demonstrators. For more details on our factory tours that we offer and to look to book one please click below or contact us.

A_38529e41-c9ee-4b08-b1a3-164d04eff04b.jpg

This Zero was last seen on our stand at Stoneleigh Kit Car last month and was delivered back to the owner shortly after, whilst it was with us we had the opportunity for a photo shoot which you can see below.

We also had a gift for the owner who is a big Chelsea football fan, we had a photograph that we took of his Zero at Silverstone last year signed by the Chelsea Football Team. Keith had the opportunity to personally meet the football team in Germany before and after a game along with Yokohama who we would like to thank for making this happen. We presented the signed photo framed to the customer who was delighted.

This stunning Zero is powered by a 2.5 Duratec engine with ATR Throttle Bodies will be doing its first track day with us at Blyton Park on Sunday 23rd June. We look forward to sharing more news on how it performs and photographs form the day. The Track Day is now fully booked, but there is a reserve list please click here for more details.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Cars & Coffee event at the weekend…

The GBS Cars & Coffee events that we hold at the GBS Factory were created in 2016 and have since been a massive success & we have decided to continue to hold the events again and again throughout the year. On Saturday saw the second Cars & Coffee event of 2019 and we would like to say a big THANK YOU to you all for joining us, it was a shame about the rain but still a great turnout.

The GBS workshop, Kit Spares show room was very busy and the Kit Spares shop was also busy with enquires and orders. As usual the great selection of cakes attracted a lot of attention and certainly went down well along with the unlimited supply of tea and coffee. The other thing about our GBS Cars & Coffee event that we love, is that we are able to raise money for our 2 chosen charities which are the Cancer Research UK and The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, we all feel and hope you agree that The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is a fantastic service and has helped & will continue to help many people, as well as the Cancer Research UK that is again a fantastic charity that makes a big difference to so many people and their families. We thank you all for your generous donations, so far from our GBS Events we are delighted to have raised £1,935.39.

If you were not able to join us on Saturday then don’t worry. We will be announcing the next GBS Cars & Coffee date very soon so make sure you get that date in your calendar once its announced.

The Next event on the GBS Calendar is our Track Day at Blyton Park that is happening on Sunday 23rd June. We will there with the Zero’s and its great to see several other Zero’s booked in to join us. The Track Day is now fully booked but there is a reserve list if you are still wanting to book on and join us! Click here for more details.

If you are still looking for a Father’s Day gift, then why not visit our parts shop Kit Spares for ideas or a Kit Spares Gift Voucher could make an ideal gift…. www.kitspares.co.uk

Very first Zero in the workshop & something else very exciting…

The GBS Workshop is always busy and if you follow us on Instagram and Facebook you may have already seen some of the nice cars that we have in their currently including something very exciting. We are very excited to be in partnership with Motorsport Tools and are delighted to have this Mk2 Escort now in our workshop that is with us for its 2.5ltr Duratec engine installation and much more.
These will be brand new cars on current registration plates, and we will be developing them to meet the IVA test requirements. The all new Mk2 Escort’s will be based on a group-4 spec bodyshell, powered by a brand new Ford supplied 2.5L Duratec on ATR billet throttle bodies & Life ECU. Mazda 6-speed gearbox, Atlas axle, AP Racing brakes, ATR coilovers etc.
They will be supplied as complete road going cars or in kit form, and can easily be converted to a rally car if required, we look forward to sharing more news on the red prototype Mk2 over the next few months with you all.

A_b30e97fd-1e37-41a6-a7f6-8fcf3e5c655e.jpg

We also had GBS Customer Pete Davis drop his GBS Zero off a few weeks ago that we have been busy preparing for IVA and we are pleased to have presented it to IVA test earlier this week and it passed so we have now completed the registration process and just awaiting confirmation.
Click here for more details on the IVA Service that we offer and for Workshop Services click here.

We are also pleased to have the very first GBS Zero with us in the GBS workshop this week which has been having the New ATR Products Brake Upgrade fitted. GBS Customer Richard Smith owns the very first GBS Zero that was produced, and we are delighted to have it back in the factory for the popular new ATR Products brake upgrade. The Zero is fitted with a 2L pinto engine on bike carbs and has covered many thousand miles, we also have a collection of photographs of this original Zero when it was first produced over 10 years ago and it looked very different.

You may have seen Richard and his Zero at our events in the past and you will see him this Saturday at our GBS Cars and coffee event at the GBS Factory as he is collecting his Zero. The Mk2 Escort can also be seen this Saturday in our workshop, please visit our GBS Facebook page and event page for more details about our Cars and Coffee event that is happening at the GBS Factory this Saturday (8th June). We look forward to seeing you there. 

Follow us on Instagram to see more photos of what we are upto…. Follow us @gbs_cars

GBS Zero kit is now on the way to Australia…

Last week we had a Zero kit collected that is now on the way to its new owner in Australia, it is scheduled to be delivered to Steve in Australia on 11th July so we will keep tracking its progress and let you know when it arrives and look forward to following the build. The Zero kit dispatch area is very busy with Zero chassis waiting to be collected and another is currently now being prepared for export that will be going to USA very soon.

Last week we also welcomed back GBS Customer Mick Menzie to the GBS Factory to the collect his Zero GT Mazda Starter kit. The workshop is also busy with several Zero chassis’s having factory fittings done before collection.

The Zero has many optional extras and upgrades and a Painted Zero is now a very popular option and we do a lot of them for customers before their Zero kit is collected / delivered. We recently painted GBS Customer Paul Holmes GBS Zero a stunning orange with black stripe, it looked fantastic and we look forward to seeing the finished the car. See some of the Zero options & upgrades on our personalisation page.

You may have noticed on our new website the GBS Gallery in which there is a Customer Gallery section which we would love to grow and include your Zero’s, we have already received a few photos from some of you which we will be adding shortly. But if you have any that you would like to share with us then please send them to us for the chance to appear on GBS Customer Gallery Page.

Also don’t forget to let us know if you are coming in your Zero this weekend (Saturday 8th June) to our GBS Cars & Coffee event, the GBS Cameras will be out capturing the event, more details can be found on our event page.

A_13e7f26e-ca74-46e9-bf81-84e3cbc24533.jpg
A_50a54dce-265d-4030-ab76-6e8f42b5a1aa.jpg

The next GBS Cars & Coffee event is happening on Saturday 8th June ….

We are all very much looking forward to our next GBS Cars & Coffee event is happening in less that 2 weeks on Saturday 8th June at the GBS Factory.

This is an event that we have created and is a chance for you all to have a ride out in your sports cars / meeting point and enjoy a coffee (plus biscuits/ cake of course) and chat about your cars, the next Cars & Coffee will be starting from 10am all are welcome to join us in any car (modern or classic including bikes).

As many of you know everyone at GBS has a strong passion for cars and anything to do with motorsport and we love our Cars & Coffee events which are getting very popular. The last event that we held earlier this year in March was very successful and the best yet and saw the record number of cars with the car park overflowing by 10.15am, so hopefully our next event on Saturday 8th June will be just as good if not better!

As usual the GBS and Kit Spares Showroom will be open, as well as the Kit Spares shop, and not forgetting there is free cake/ biscuits & unlimited tea & coffee! We hope you can join us and help us make it the best GBS Cars & Coffee event yet & help us raise even more money for two great charities…. We will be collecting for the Notts & Lincs Air Ambulance & Cancer Research UK on the day.

 If you are wanting any parts from Kit Spares, please feel free to call us before hand to place your order so we can get it ready for collection for you on the day to avoid any delays.  Let us know that you are coming, so we know how many cakes to make! We have set up an event page on our GBS Facebook page so keep checking for updates and you can invite your friends & family to join us too! Above are some photographs from our last GBS Cars & Coffee event, the GBS Cameras will be out again capturing all the action!

 We look forward to seeing you all there!
Richard, Keith & all the GBS Team.

GBS Zero Race Car being enjoyed & GBS Workshop is busy…..

It nice to have this Zero back in our workshop for a  few days, its now currently having the ATR Products Brake upgrade kit fitted. The owner Peter Cartwright competes with his 2.5 Duratec powered Zero in Sprints and does several Track Days a year! The new ATR Products Brake upgrade is very popular with many Zero’s now have it fitted.  You can see more details and images on the Brake upgrade options on our parts website Kit Spares www.kitspares.co.uk

GBS Customer Jon Barratt recently sent us some photos from when he raced at Silverstone International a couple of weeks ago in the Mag Sevens series. He said “Unfortunately, didn't finish the first 40 minute race due to a snapped throttle cable but did well in the second 15 minute sprint gaining six places from the start taking me to 2nd in class”. Jon is also hoping to join us next month on our GBS Track Day at Blyton Park on Sunday 23rd June, click here for more details.

Another GBS customer also collected his sports car from us this week which wasn’t a Zero, Chris Morrison collected his Liege Sports trials car that we completed and prepared and presented to IVA. Chris is now awaiting the registration and hopes to join us in at our GBS Cars & Coffee event which is happening on Saturday 8th June.

For more details about the IVA Service and other workshop services that we offer please visit our Aftersales page.

The next GBS Track Day, will you be joining us?

The next GBS Track Day is fast approaching which is happening on Sunday 23rd June at Blyton Park, its great to hear already that there are several Zero owners booked on to join us for day, including many whose first Track day it will be in there newly registered Zero’s.

Its on the outer circuit of Blyton Park which is 1.5 miles and an open pit lane, starting at 9am with the safety briefing and finishing at 5pm you will be guaranteed to get lots of laps in. We can’t wait and hope you can all join us and enjoy the day with us. We will be there with the Zero’s and are planning on taking our Zero demonstrator and Zero Race car which we will be offering passenger rides with one of the GBS team. Passenger passes can all be purchased on the day with Javelin Track Days.

If you are unable to make this GBS Track Day at Blyton Park then don’t worry, we are planning on doing several more this year at some other circuits, so once they are confirmed we will release the details to you.

More details about this GBS Track Day can be found on our event page with a link of where to book your place. We recommend that you book soon to avoid disappointment as this is likely to get booked up quite quickly. We look forward to seeing you there!

Busy with Zero kit collections….

Robert Cramb collecting his Zero Kit

Last week we had Robert Cramb come back to the GBS Factory and collect his new Zero Ford based kit, we look forward to following Roberts build progress and sharing with you all. Its also another busy month for Zero kit collections with lots scheduled for collection this month, including one that we are exporting to Australia very soon as we just in the final stages of confirming the shipping.

We also have this GBS Zero LHD International Spec Mazda/Miata kit with several extras that is all packed and boxed ready for immediate shipment. This is a rare opportunity that we have this kind of spec kit available to be dispatched straight away as current lead time is usually 8 to 10 weeks plus paint is extra time. If you are interested in this and would like more details please contact us, we look forward to hearing from you.

For more details about the Zero self build options please click here.

A_cfc291a1-d831-44bf-aa71-9dd2f1429ba2.jpg

Our Apprentice is doing well….

Congratulations again to our Apprentice Thomas Slaney who is doing well at College and recently received some more certificates for EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering (CNC Machining) and Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture (Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering).

Thomas has been with us for nearly 4 years now, since starting in 2016 Thomas has been based working on our CNC machinery alongside our machinists and designer.

We are all very proud of him and is a very valued member of our team and we are lucky to have such a great apprentice. Thomas is studying at Rotherham College where he attends for 1 day a week.

We would also like to thank Edgecam and Engineering Technology Group (ETG) for their continued support and allowing Thomas to attend their training courses.