At the weekend our GBS Zero Ford Demonstrator of 6 years old was sold and is now with its new owners Thomas & Rick Newton.

Our GBS Zero Ford Demonstrator is a big part of GBS, everyone who has driven it loves it! There is rarely a weekend when it is at home in the GBS Workshop its either at a show, track day, doing test drives or one of the GBS Team have taken it home for the weekend. Anyone who has visited us over the last 6 years, or attended a track day will have no doubt seen a red bodied Zero with a shiny bonnet and most probably enjoyed a ride out in it!

Last weekend they came to the GBS factory looking at purchasing a GBS Zero and ask if we would be prepared to sell our GBS Zero ford demonstrator as Rick and his son were looking for a GBS Zero and are keen to do track days in it. We didn’t say yes straight away, but we felt that it was in some ways perfect timing to sell it as we still have our Zero Mazda demonstrator and something nice and new that is already in production. (This is very exciting and we will share more with you very soon.)

This September it will be 6 years old, since it was built in September 2010 it has done nearly 30,000 miles, within those miles it has done over 35 track days, including the Nurburgring twice, Spa, Goodwood Race Circuit, Donington Park, Blyton Park, Bedford Autodrome, Mallory Park, Silverstone and many others others. Test drives we think it must have done well over 1000 as at the GBS Open days we do over 50 in just the day. Its enjoyed many trips across Europe including Monaco, Greece, Italy for the Monza Grand Prix, France, Germany. It has also been seen at many shows and events across the UK, as well as being featured in several magazines and has been test drove my many people. In 2013 Autocar magazine took the GBS Demonstrator for a test drive around Blyton Park which was then featured in their magazine alongside other Sports cars and Matt Prior who drove the GBS Zero Ford demonstrator quoted “If I had to pick a car to drive in which to get back home in – including the Caterham – I would have gone for the Zero”Matt Prior, Autocar Magazine Road Test Editor.

It has even saw the Olympic torch, back in 2012 when it passed the GBS Factory en route to The London Olympic Games. Some of its other highlights have been a charity track day at Goodwood Race Circuit with UK Youth,  Photoshoot at RAF Waddington in Lincolshire with a spitfire.
The Zero demonstrator has not always had an easy life, as you know Keith, Richard and Ben and the team are all very good and experienced drivers and have certainly put the Zero through it paces.
It has also been used for a lot of testing and development . As you know we produce and manufacture a lot of products in house at GBS, and the GBS Zero demonstrator is always the car that we test them on including the GBS Plenum ChamberNew Exhaust Silencer, Throttle Bodies, ATR Shock Absorbersbody panels, and many more. It also went to Mira in 2011 for  a wind tunnel test using their extensive wind-tunnel and aerodynamic wind tunnel facilities. Where the Zero did incredibly well for a seven type car, helped by its splitter on the nose cone and diffuser that help enhance the performance.

The GBS Zero Ford Demonstrator is a standard chassis and is fitted with a Ford 2L Zetec engine, Plenum chamber (but has now been running the new ATR Throttle Bodies that are proving a very popular upgrade) Red GRP, GRP Dash and Smiths gauges, LED Headlights, New black GRP Seats.

But as you can see from the photos below the demonstrator now looks a little different as the new owners wanted it to be fitted with white GRP and silver but keeping the original red dash and diffuser. So the demonstrator was in the workshop last week having the new body work fitted.

We all had one last team photo (see below, not all the team were available) with the GBS Zero demonstrator before it was collected its new owners. Rick and Thomas will be sending us regular updates on the GBS Zero, and will also be joining at our GBS track days and events. So this won’t be the last we see of it.

We hope the Newton family continue to enjoy driving our demonstrator as much as we did, and we look forward to seeing it again very soon. It is sad but at the same time exciting as we will be announcing more on our new GBS demonstrator very soon. Please see below just some of our favourite photos from over the years of the demonstrator.

If you would like a test drive in our other demonstrator or like to visit our factory please contact us on 01623 860990.

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The GBS Zero demonstrators new look in white. The GBS Zero demonstrator. The GBS team with Zero demonstrator. The GBS team with Zero demonstrator.The GBS Zero demonstrator at SIlverstone for a track day. Keith and Richard with the GBS Zero demonstrator at the Nurburgring. One of the very first photos of the GBS Zero demonstrator. The GBS Zero demonstrator being filmed with the Quadcopter. The GBS Zero demonstrator in the snow several years ago. The GBS Zero demonstrator at Mira for testing. The GBS Zero demonstrator at Goodwood Race Circuit with other GBS Zero's. GBS Zero went around the Nürburgring several times.

June 28, 2016

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