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GD T70 SPYDER

Inspired by world’s fastest 1960’s race cars

It would be wrong to just simply copy an icon and profit from its glory, better to reflect and evolve for today’s enthusiasts to enjoy.

The GD T70 may resemble one of the world’s fastest race cars of the mid 60’s – history tells us how the Lola T70 triumphed in the hands of racing greats such like the late John Surtees, Dan Gurney and Mark Donohue. These race cars were small, lightweight, effortlessly beautiful and breathtakingly quick by today’s standards, but equally fragile and not well suited for road endurance.

 

Developed to comply with UK SVA/IVA and to offer a alternative for today’s expectations of visibility, cockpit space and safety the GDT70 exploits the 1960’s charm with gut churning V8 performance and addictive nimble handling to be the ultimate classic supercar.

 

The GD T70 is available factory built or in self build component form with performance power to weight options from 450bhp/tonne - 700bhp/tonne. Or in other words,  ridiculously fast or damn right mental.

Chassis - Tubular spaceframe


A comprehensive braced space frame fabricated from steel tube. The design offers great rigidity and strength as you might expect, but also offers high levels of occupant protection. Front and rear crash frames solid bulkheads, triangulated double skinned side pontoons and full roll-over bar cross-braced to meet race regulations. Designed for high output V8 power, the chassis always feels taught and responsive when pushed to the limit. On a practical point, the chassis pontoons provide ample stowage for soft luggage.




Body Shell - GRP Composite


The body panels are moulded in self colour composite. Front and rear panels can be easily removed for access to mechanical components. The optional windscreen offers pleasant road comfort at speed while being detachable if preferred for track use. Options include moulded-in colour stripes, rear canopy vents a rear venturi and front spoiler. The windscreen is specific GD design, E marked with integral demist element.




Suspension - Double Wishbone


Purpose designed independent double wishbone with aircraft grade alloy uprights. Rocker arm mounted damping offers long wheel travel while maintaining excellent camber control. Carefully selected spring rates gives the GD T70 exceptional levels of mechanical grip while maintaining a surprising high standard of ride. Damping is adjustable for bump and rebound resistance and ride height changes.




Spring Dampening - Adjustable Coil Over


Alloy bodied shock absorbers are fitted with coil springs rated for intend use. The units are adjustable for damping resistance and ride height changes.




Engine - All alloy EFI V8


The GM LS range of V8 engines have been installed in Gardner Douglas cars since 2001. We regard them as the best choice for power/weight with smooth driveability and better fuel economy, reliability and lower service costs than earlier types. Typically we offer four normally aspirated options: Stock GM Gen. IV LS3 6.2 litre V8 430bhp Uprated LS3 6.2 litre V8 - 520bhp Stock GM Gen. IV LS7 7.0 litre V8 540bhp Uprated LS7 7.0 litre 600bhp Other engine tunes can be offered including upgrades to 8 stack FBW induction and dry sump options.




Transmission - 5 or 6 speed H Gate


Typically 5 or 6 speed Porsche 911 family transaxles. Sequential options can also be installed.




Differential - LSD 3.44:


For frequent track use the Porche differential unit is quite often changed in favour of an ATB LSD to provide better traction and neutral handling.




Brakes - AP 4-pot Ventilated


Brakes are dual circuit non-servo assisted as standard. Optional bias adjustment is available for track use.




Wheels - 17" or 18" split rim


Split rim design 9x17 front and 12x18 rear. Various styles available with cast, billet of forged centres.




Tyres - High Performance Tyres


High performance ZR rated tyres providing excellent grip and ride quality. Optional track day tyres available.




Steering - Rack and Pinion 2.1:1


Purpose designed Titan rack and pinion steering. Optional quick release steering wheel.




Fuel Tank - 55ltr


Alloy tank construction foam filled. For safety the fuel tank is mounted midship between the bulkhead and engine, this position provides protection from all angles and maintains the cars balance point full or empty. A separate swirl pot is used for anti surge, delivery is via a low pressure lift pump and high pressure regulated injector pump with by-pas circulation.




Dimensions


Wheelbase: 2400mm (95″) Length: 4026mm (159″) Width: 1740mm (67″) Height: 1092mm (43″)




Weight - Typical kerb weights


880kg to 1020kg depending on spec.




Power - From 400bhp - 700bhp


Preferred engine choice is the GMLS family all alloy fuel injected small block V8′s from 6.0Ltr. to 7.0ltr.




Performance capabilties


0-60mph in 2.6secs and a top speed of 190+mph. Recorded figures for with 520bhp LS3. Fuel consumption up to 30mpg and 300 mile range based on stock LS3





GD T70 Spyder