GKD sports cars

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GKD Evolution
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Overview
Manufacturer GKD Sports Cars
Production 2006 - on
Assembly Kent, England
Designer Peter Lathrope and Richard Ashby
Body and chassis
Class Roadster coupe
Body style 2-door convertible coupe
Layout FR (Front Engine / RWD)
Platform Fabricated chassis and double wishbone suspension using BMW E36/E46 donnor items
Powertrain
Engine Various, including:
Nissan RB, Cosworth, BMW Straight 6, Rover V8
Transmission Various
Dimensions
Curb weight 750 kg (1,653 lb)-850 kg (1,874 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Ginetta G27
GKD Legend
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Overview
Manufacturer GKD Sports Cars
Production 2008 - on
Assembly Kent, England
Designer Peter Lathrope
Body and chassis
Class Roadster
Body style seven
Layout FR (Front engine / RWD)
Platform Fabricated chassis and double wishbone suspension using BMW E36/E46 donnor items
Powertrain
Engine BMW 4-cylinder engines
Transmission BMW
Dimensions
Curb weight 585 kg (1,290 lb)-620 kg (1,367 lb)

GKD Sports Cars is a small volume car manufacturer based in Boughton Monchelsea, near Maidstone, Kent, with workshops at Lenham. GKD Sports Cars produce two models, the GKD Evolution and the GKD Legend.

History[edit]

GKD Sports Cars was founded in 2006 when company MD Peter Lathrope purchased the Ginetta G27 project. The car was then modified to improve aerodynamics and styling. The company won car of the year 2006 from Which Kit Car magazine with the Evolution. This included winning 5 out of 7 categories in the competition.

In 2008 the company launched two new models, with the Evolution being upgraded to use BMW 3 Series (E36/E46) running gear and then launching a new model, the GKD Legend at the Exeter Kit Car Show in November. This received a very warm welcome with the press and public[citation needed], as both cars are the first mainstream kit cars to use BMW 3 Series E36/E46 running gear an Indian design firm from Mumbai which is noted for their concept cars and prototypes. The firm, founded in 1993, is headed by designer Dilip Chabria, and under a contract with Ford Motor Company built the first Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage prototype featured at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show.[1] The company also builds custom special order vehicles,[2] such as a modified Porsche Cayenne coupe,[3] and a modified Rolls Royce coupe.[4] In August 2006, the company announced a partnership with Eximstar, an ETA Group company, to build a 500,000-square-foot (46,000 m2) production facility in Dubai.[5] The facility, scheduled to open in 2007, will produce custom luxury cars.

Services[edit]

As well as supplying and building the Evolution and the Legend, GKD also supplies Racelogic traction control, alloy wheels and tuning parts. GKD Sports Cars also completes part build projects, put cars in for the IVA test and tune and complete engine conversions for BMW road cars.

Because of the Evolution's background, GKD launched the first production hard top for the Ginetta G27. GKD also supplies upgrades and parts for the Ginetta G27.

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