Gibson Technology

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Gibson Technology is an automotive and motorsport company based at Repton, Derbyshire, England. It was founded by Bill Gibson as "Zytek Engineering" in 1981.

Ownership History[edit]

In 1981 Gibson founded the Zytech Group with two main divisions: Zytek Automotive, based at Fradley, Staffordshire; and Zytek Engineering, based at Repton, Derbyshire.

In 2000, Motorola procured 19% of the Zytek Automotive and in 2006 this passed to Continental AG, a German engineering company, who purchased all of Motorola's automotive divisions & subsequently started raising their stock-holding of Zytek Automotive to 50%. Since 2014, Zytek Automotive has been part of Continental AG after they purchased the whole business. [1] [2] [3]

Zytek Engineering, the other part of the Zytek Group, remained under Gibson's leadership and was renamed Gibson Technology on 1 October 2014 [4][5] [6]

Motorsport History[edit]

Zytek Motorsport is the brand name used for the Zytek Groups motorsport product range and applications.

In 1987, Zytek bought the British Alan Smith Racing outfit in order to expand its motorsports involvement. The team initially supported the Jordan Grand Prix team in Formula 3000 before the team eventually chose to concentrate on engine development.

Zytek would return to running a motorsports team in 2004 when the company entered the Le Mans Endurance Series with their first sports car, the Zytek 04S, which was able to finish second in the team championship in 2005 due to two overall victories. Zytek Engineering continues to campaign in the Le Mans Series as well as in the American Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans.


In 2002, Zytek bought some of the remains of the defunct Reynard Motorsport from International Racing Management (IRM). These assets included the rights to the Reynard 02S Le Mans Prototype, of which only one had been completed since the company's demise. Zytek already supplied an engine to the existing chassis, and would therefore built further copies under the name Zytek 04S, offering both the chassis and engine as a complete package.

Due to changes in the prototype regulations in 2006, Zytek upgraded one of their existing 04S chassis while building a third all-new car, named the 06S. Further regulation changes in 2007 required the team to build an entirely new car, the Zytek-07s, which campaigned in both the LMP1 and LMP2 classes of the Le Mans Series.

Zytek's GZ09S proved an immediate success in 2009, taking the LMP2 Le Mans Series Team Championship with Quifel-ASM and the Driver's Championship with Miguel Amaral and Olivier Pla.

In 2009 Zytek Engineering became the first manufacturer to score a podium with a hybrid LMP. The car, run by Corsa Motorsports, finished on the podium on its debut at Lime Rock. The Zytek Q10 Hybrid is a non-invasive parallel hybrid system, consisting of a motor-generator, battery and inverter. Its purpose is to recover energy normally wasted during deceleration and subsequently use this energy to assist the internal combustion engine during acceleration.

2010's as Zyktek[edit]

The Z11SN has also won the LMP2 category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in both 2011 and 2014, and the Le Mans Series in 2011, in the hands of Greaves Motorsport (2011) and Team Jota (2014).[7][8]

2010's as Gibson[edit]

Gibson Technology GL458

In 2017 the rebranded company became the supplier of a 4.2-litre, naturally-aspirated V8 engine, producing approximately 600 hp, for the LMP2 Class for the European Le Mans Series, FIA World Endurance Championship and WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Two of the many LMP2 cars powered by Gibson engines finished on the overall podium, and one had led the race overall for some time until a recovering factory Porsche reclaimed the lead.

In 2018, Gibson's new LMP1 engine, the 4.5 litre naturally aspirated GL458, was installed into Rebellion Racing's pair of Rebellion R13s and DragonSpeeds BR Engineering BR1. The engine brought Rebellion's R13s to a 3-4 finish (1-2 among privateer teams) at Le Mans, behind the Toyota TS050 Hybrids. In February 2019, ByKolles Racing announced that they would be switching to the Gibson GL458, dropping the Nissan Nismo VRX30A 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6, for their CLM P1/01.

Zytek Automotive[edit]

Gordon Murray Design T.27

Zytek Automotive is a specialist powertrain and vehicle engineering enterprise, which has been part of Continental AG, a German engineering company, since 2014. [9] [10] It designs, develops, and integrates electric motors into a range of cars and commercial vehicles.

Gordon Murray Design and Zytek Automotive developed an all-electric three-seater city car, the T.27, made possible through a £4.5 million (US$7.2 million in June 2010) investment from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board.[11][12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Zytek Automotive Acquired by Continental". 10 April 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  2. ^ "CONTINENTAL TAKES FULL STAKE IN ZYTEK AUTOMOTIVE". Insider Media. Midlands. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  3. ^ "Continental buys remaining 50 pct stake in Zytek Automotive". Reuters. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  4. ^ "BRIEF-Continental buys remaining 50 pct stake in Zytek Automotive". Reuters. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2022.
  5. ^ Caat, Marcel ten. "Zytek Engineering Changes Name to Gibson Technology – Sportscar365". Retrieved 3 October 2022.
  6. ^ Marcel ten Caat (10 September 2014). "Zytek Engineering Changes Name to Gibson Technology". Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Greaves Motorsport". The Grid. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Dunlop Fills 2014 Le Mans LMP2 Podium With Jota Sport Taking Win". Dunlop Motorsport. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Zytek Automotive Acquired by Continental". 10 April 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  10. ^ "CONTINENTAL TAKES FULL STAKE IN ZYTEK AUTOMOTIVE". Insider Media. Midlands. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  11. ^ "Gordon Murray Design releases specification for T.27 electric city car". The Independent. 1 June 2010. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  12. ^ "Gordon Murray T.27 unveiled; Zytek provides more details on 25 kW EV powertrain". Green Car Congress. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011.

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