GBS Zero's on display and out on the track in America...

Last weekend (11th – 13th October) the Zero’s were at Laguna Seca raceway home of the famous “Corkscrew” complex of corners for the Miatas Reunion at Laguna Seca 2019. 

We had several Mazda based customer GBS Zero’s on display and were located on the pit road at the legendary race venue and around town during the weekend. Richard and Anthony were there along with Paul Barnes who is our USA representative.

Miatas at Laguna Seca is an annual event for all things Miata with hundreds of cars attending each year.  The event combines hard-core track time with more laid back, friendly gatherings. Given our GBS Zero takes the proven Miata performance to a whole new level we felt it a fitting venue to showcase the Zero to Miata enthusiasts from around north America.

Now in its 10th year at Laguna Seca, the Miata Reunion is an annual celebration of the MX-5 Miata, offering quality track time at an iconic venue for hard-core track enthusiasts, as well as a full plate of off-track activities and social interaction for Miata lovers. It’s the last year the event will be held at Laguna Seca, next years event location is yet to be published.

The GBS Zero is very popular in the USA with several Zero’s now on the road and many that are currently being built as well as several more kits that we are currently preparing to export later this year. On the way to the Laguna Seca, Richard, Anthony and Paul called in to see Frank a GBS Customer in LA who has very nearly completed his build. His 1.8 Miata based Zero is now road registered and he is just making the finishing touches to it before wrapping the car in his chosen colour scheme, he is yet to let on what this is.

Once the Miata’s Reunion had come to an end we took the Zero down a 130 mile section of the famous Pacific Highway 1 from Monterey to San Luis Obispo. This is the first time a Zero has been down this iconic cliff hugging coastal road  often referred to as the PCH.

It was great to meet so many USA Customers and hear how their builds are going and to meet many new customers some of who are taking delivery of their Zero kits later this year, we would like to thank Paul for all is help in arranging the event and making it happen for us and also GBS Customers Dan and Marlin for joining us and having their Zero’s on display over the weekend.

Here are some photographs from the trip and more can be seen on our GBS Instagram page @gbs_cars.

For more details about the Zero USA Self Build Options please click here and to see what other events we are going too, please visit our Event Page.

Date for the diary - GBS Christmas Cars & Coffee on Saturday 7th December...

It’s a little bit early we know, but we know that every year December can be a very busy month for everyone with the lead up to Christmas! So we thought we would share this with you all now, the GBS Team would like to invite you all to the GBS Factory on Saturday 7th December for a cup of Tea/Coffee and Mince Pies / Biscuits / Cakes and much more to say Happy Christmas and Thank You for all your support this year.

Last year you may remember that Bernd and the team joined us for the weekend from Germany and we think you will all agree the food (Currywurst, German Sausages in bread rolls along with Gluhwein) they were cooking and serving for us all was excellent and enjoyed by everyone. We are pleased to say that hopefully they will be joining us again to do the same this year.
The GBS showroom will be open from 10am till 2pm as well as the Kit Spares Shop we hope you and your family can come and join us!  Everyone is welcome, there will be plenty of mince pies for you all to enjoy too…. More details about the event will be posted on our events page nearer the time. Why not wrap up warm and come in your Zero and other sports cars, last year we had a busy car park full of sports cars.

The next event for the GBS Team is happening in USA later this week, you can see more details on our event page. Follow us on Instagram @gbs_cars to see photos live from the event. 

Amazing weekend at GBS… Busy GBS Cars and Coffee event…

Great Weather, Cars and Cake, big thank you to everyone who joined us.…….They just get better and better each time we hold our GBS Cars & Coffee events, and what a fantastic day we had on Saturday with a car park full of sports cars. We would like to say a big THANK YOU to you all for joining us and helping us make it such a great event and enjoyable day, it was nice to see so many Zero’s together in the car park along with a wide variety of other sports cars. It was nice to see several new Zero’s that were newly registered also join us for the first time. The gates opened at 10am and by 10.20am the car park was already getting full, the weather was perfect and could not have been better for us.

The GBS and Kit Spares show room was very busy with people and the Kit Spares   was also very busy with sales and enquires. As usual the cakes attracted a lot of attention and certainly went down well with not many left along with the unlimited supply of tea and coffee. We would also like to thank Powerlite Units for supporting our event and supplying some lovely cakes, we now have a full range of Powerlite Units products on our Kit Spares Website and in our showroom. Please visit our parts website for more details www.kitspares.co.uk

 Another great thing about our GBS Cars & Coffee events 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 will let you know how much money we have raised.

 The GBS Camera was out capturing the day and all the action, please see a few photographs from the day and more can be seen on our GBS Facebook page later this week. We will be announcing our next GBS Cars & Coffee event date very soon which will be happening in December.

The NEW Zero demonstrator... Can be seen at our Cars & Coffee event this weekend….

Our new Gen 2 Zero demonstrator arrived back from the paint shop last month and was seen last weekend for the first time at The Goodwood Revival Show where it attracted a lot of attention and also on our social media channels where we shared a few preview photos with you all.

This new Gen 2 Zero demonstrator is a very nice high spec car and has a lot of optional extras and upgrades on it. See below its specification.

Specification:
Sport Chassis
Ford 2.5 Duratec Engine
ATR Throttle Bodies
Estimated BHP 195BHP
ECU Life Racing
Painted Hyacinth Red metallic
Carbon Fibre Dash with Smiths gauges
Painted Sport Front Wings which are now standard on GBS Self build Packages
Carbon Fibre body kit including rear stone gaurds
ATR Suspension
DRL Style Headlights
Seats – GBS Stand Seats with red Stitching.
Wheels & Tyres - Team Dynamics pro race 1.2s – 7” front 8” rear with Yokohama AD08R tyres all round.
ATR Brakes front only – ATR light weight uprights front and rear.

If you would like to come and see us and see our new Zero Gen 2 demonstrator then get in touch today, we look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the GBS Factory. We look forward to seeing you all this Saturday for our Cars and Coffee event, we have plenty of cakes for you all to enjoy!

Contact us to book a Factory Visit & Test Drive.

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GBS CARS & COFFEE THIS SATURDAY…. If you are coming to our GBS Cars and Coffee event tomorrow (21st September) then you will be able to see it. We are looking forward to seeing you all and having a car park full of Zero’s and sports cars. Let us know if you will be joining us and invite your friends too, everyone is welcome.

Fantastic 3 days at Goodwood Revival with the Zero….

We had another great year at this years Goodwood Revival with the Zero….. Last weekend (13th-15th September) we were at The Goodwood Revival show with the GBS Zero, it was a fantastic event and a truly amazing show to be at, its one of our favourite events of the year and we always look forward to it! We were situated Over The Road on stand 381, on a slightly different stand location to previous years as the location of all the stands got moved around this year.

We had our new Zero demonstrator on display which attracted a lot of attention over the 3 days along with a sample range of components and engines. We will share more details and the specification of our new Zero Gen 2 Demonstrator with you later this week.

Our stand was busy all weekend and the weather was perfect, we all enjoyed the show and it was fantastic to see all of the racing out on the circuit and up close in the paddock as well as Air Displays, Shopping and much more, as well as catch up with suppliers, customers and friends… We would like to thank everyone that visited our stand.

We are now back at the factory, busy getting ready for our next event that is happening this Saturday (21st September) which is our GBS Cars & Coffee event. Gates open at 10am, let us know you are coming and share with your friends and family, all are welcome in any car!

You can see more photographs on our GBS Instagram @gbs_cars - Click here to follow us.

GBS exhibit at LCV at Millbrook with the Electric Zero.....


GBS were exhibiting at LCV at Millbrook (Low carbon vehicle event) last week with a GBS Zero demonstrating a novel concept battery and EV platform and disseminating the successful completion of a composite and titanium project.

The GBS concept EV platform: The chassis is bespoke to allow for the concept EV powertrain. In the front of the vehicle the battery has replaced the standard engine as the energy source and the original fuel cell is replaced with the powertrain. GBS have machined intricate prototype parts to allow the E drive system to be mounted as a compact unit within in the vehicle.
The powered electronics have been developed in partnership with Rockfort Engineering who are heavily involved with Formula E. The project was to develop a novel cooling concept and the project vehicle will be used to create duty cycles to further develop this technology. The vehicle has a limited range as it was designed for high load discharge to generate heat and monitor the cooling data.

Prototype Carbon fibre barrels by GBS and Titanium centres designed and manufactured by AJE.
The vehicle has carbon fibre wheels with titanium wheel centres to reduce the un-sprung weight of the rotating mass. GBS have manufactured the inner and outer barrels of the wheels as part of a collaboration. The project was to extract learning form the Ti process by completing this project GBS has greater understanding of an internal composite process that GBS are developing for the future.

We are now busy preparing for this weekends event which is the Goodwood Revival (13th-15th September), where we will be having our new Zero demonstrator on display. We can be found over the road on stand 381. Visit our event page where you will see more details.

More Zero’s on the road, and Magazine visit the GBS Factory….

We always have lots of interesting sports cars and nice Zero’s in our workshop including several customer builds that are currently with us for the IVA Service that we offer.

Last week GBS Customer Lewis Buckle came to collect his Zero that we prepared and presented to IVA test. More details about the IVA Service that we offer and other workshop services can be found on our after sales page. Click here for details (Workshop services are available for all sports cars not just the Zero). Our next GBS Cars & Coffee event which is happening on Saturday 21st September at the GBS Factory is looking like it’s going to be another busy one and we will be joined by many new Zero owners who have recently registered their Zero’s and enjoying them on the road.

Don’t forget to let us know if you will be joining us at our GBS Cars & Coffee event next month…. Click here for more details.

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We had a visit from the Total Kit Car Magazine team last week who enjoyed a factory tour of our facilities. It has been well over a year since they last visited us, so a lot has changed and developed including the Zero. Steve Hole from TKC Magazine also enjoyed a test drive in our 2.5 Duratec Zero demonstrator with Richard, we look forward to seeing the feature later this year in their magazine. Its also nice to see that another GBS customer’s Zero build is featured in their current magazine issue which is out in the shops now. GBS is also featured in this months Complete Kit Car magazine which is in the shops now.

Don’t forget to let us know if you will be joining us at our GBS Cars & Coffee event next month…. Click here for more details.

See the Zero’s & GBS Team at Goodwood Revival…

It is approaching that time of year again and we are very excited to be exhibiting with the Zero’s at Goodwood Revival which is happening on 13th – 15th September. We will confirm nearer the time what Zero will be on display along with some very nice pieces of engineering.
This is one of our favourite shows of the year and we all always look forward to it, we can be found in a slightly different stand location to last year we can be found on Stand Number 381 Over the Road. We are now just busy preparing and planning the stand details for the event. If you get the opportunity to go to this event we would recommend it as it is 3 days full of fantastic Motorsport with so much to see and enjoy for all the family.

Last weekend we had this stunning Zero on display on the Yokohama Stand at the Silverstone Classic Show. Yokohama, was proud to have returned for its second year and as the official tyre partner of the Silverstone Classic. We were delighted to have been invited to have a Zero on their stand for the event which was busy all weekend. We would like to thank Yokohama for inviting us and allowing us to have this Zero on their stand for the event.

Don’t forget to visit our GBS Facebook page for the chance to WIN tickets to this year’s Classic Motor Show at the NEC in November. Enter now.


You can follow us on Instagram to see more behind the scenes of what we are upto….
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Saturday 21st September is when the next GBS Cars & Coffee is happening…

We love our GBS Cars & Coffee events and are pleased to confirm and announce that the next one will be happening on Saturday 21st September at GBS. These events are now becoming very popular and every time we do one they are getting bigger and the car park is now over flowing with Zero’s and other sports cars . We have created a short video that shows what are events are all about. Click here to view video.

Our cars and coffee event that we have created is the perfect 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, all are welcome to join us in any car (modern or classic including bikes). As usual the GBS 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 collect for the Notts & Lincs Air Ambulance & Cancer Research UK.

We have also set up an event page on our GBS Facebook page so let us know you are coming and keep checking that for updates and you can also invite your friends & family to join us too!

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

The Zero will be at the Silverstone Classic Show with Yokohama….

We fit all factory build Zero’s with Yokohama tyres and proud to stock their product range on our parts website Kit Spares (www.kitspares.co.uk) Including this recent factory built Zero which has attracted a lot attention and we are delighted to announce that it can be seen later this month at the Silverstone Classic Show on the Yokohama stand which is happening on 26th-28th July.

Yokohama, is proud to return for its second year as the official tyre partner of the Silverstone Classic and we are delighted to be having this Zero on their stand for the event.

Not only does Yokohama currently supply tyres to drivers competing in 27 race series in the UK, its tyres are factory fitted by many of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers including all GBS Zero’s giving its products an enviable reputation among performance enthusiasts.

Yokohama is an ideal partner for the Silverstone Classic where it is to sponsor the Yokohama Trophy for FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars, the Supercar Legends display presented by Yokohama and The Yokohama Trophy for Club Car of the Show. It looks like its going to be an amazing three days pack full of motorsport that all the family can enjoy!

Visit our event page for more details about the event. If you are looking for some new tyres for your Zero then visit our Kit Spares parts website or contact us and we can advise or please feel free to visit our showroom and you will be able to see the range on display and on the sports cars in our workshop.

We have also announced our next GBS Cars & Coffee event which is happening on Saturday 21st September at the GBS Factory. We will share more details about that soon.

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Fantastic Track Day at Blyton Park with the Zero’s…

Last Sunday (23rd June) we were at Blyton Park for the second GBS Track Day of the year, we were joined with several other Zero owners some of which was their first Track Day in their Zero. We took our Zero Race car and Auriga prototype sports car.

We were also joined by several customers who were spectating and also enjoyed passenger rides in our Zero Race and demonstrator with one of the GBS Team. The Track day got booked up very quickly and a lot of people missed out on booking a place, we will be announcing the next GBS Track Day very soon so hopefully you will be able to join us. More details about this can be found on our event page soon.

Last week Paul Barnes our USA representative spent a few days with us and also joined us at Blyton Park in the morning, Paul will be back with us in a few weeks where we will be finalising the USA Zero website pages that we look forward to sharing with you all.

All the GBS team love the track days that we do, and all take it turns to drive and offer passenger rides. But on Sunday it was our Apprentice Thomas Slaney’s very first track day, he often attends the track days with us but this was the first time behind the wheel driving a Zero out on the track! After a few steady laps to begin with, Thomas soon got up to speed and was out all afternoon with the team giving him tips and advice. Thomas’s Father David who has a factory built Zero was also out on track and Thomas was driving that as well as our Zero Race and the Auriga prototype.

The weather was perfect and could not have been better with blue skies all day, the GBS Camera’s were there capturing the action throughout the day, you can see a few photos below and more photos from the day can now be seen on our GBS Facebook page.

 We would like to thank you to you all for joining us, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Blyton Park is one of our favourite tracks and is great one to do for your first track day. We hope you will be able to join us on our next GBS Track Day once its announced.

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.

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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.

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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.

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