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GDT Speedster

GDT Speedster

GDT Speedster

GDT Speedster interior

Year 2006
Engine 5.7 litre , GM V8
Transmission 4 speed automatic RWD
Max speed 170 mph (claimed)
0-60 mph 5.7 seconds
Horsepower 300 bhp @ 5000 rpm
weight 1471 kgs / 3244 lbs

The GDT (Gene Dickirson Team) Speedster was a one off sportscar built by a group of automotive proffessionals as a private project. The team was comprised of designers, modellers, engineers and fabricators. Powered by a Chevrolet LT1 V8 engine from the Chevrolet Corvette, the GDT Speedster is capable of 170 mph and a 0-60 time under 6 seconds. In fact most of the drivetrain including transmission, differential, suspension, steering and brakes comes from the Corvette.

The design of the GDT Speedster, while no doubt original, is not to everyones taste. The smiling front end with a hint of Studebaker Avanti is more suited to American taste than European. And the sweeping pronounced door line looks dated and unattractive. However the construction and quality of fabrication is high, and the interior trimmed in Light Oak leather has a Spartan yet classy appearance.

The GDT Speedsters strong fabricated frame is made from rectangular steel tubing with a wall thickness of 3.1 mm (.12 inches). The main side rails are 51 mm wide and 152 mm high (2 inches x 6 inches). The under body and dash panel are fabricated from steel sheet fully welded to the frame rails. And to top it off, all welding was done by aerospace/military certified welders.

The one of a kind GDT Speedster will be going up for auction late in 2006. Minimum bid is $350,000 USD (£200,000).

GDT Speedster specifications:
Overall length 4110 mm (161.8 inches)
Overall height 1068 mm (42.0 inches)
Overall width 1897 mm (74.6 inches)
Front track 1502 mm (59.1 inches)
Rear track 1550 mm (61.0 inches)
Weight 1471 Kg (3244 lb)
Fuel tank capacity 60 L (16 gal US)
Leg room 1067 mm (42.0 inches)
Shoulder room 1460 mm (57.5 inches)
Engine Chevrolet Corvette LT1
Engine Displacement 5.7 liters (350 cubic inches)
Engine power output 224 Kw (300 HP) @5000 RPM
Engine output/displacement 39.3 Kw/l, 52.6 HP/l (.86 HP/cubic inch)
Engine torque 461 Nm (340 ft lb) @ 3600 RPM
Transmission Hydra-Matic 4L-60 E
Rear axel ratio 2.59:1
Transmission ratios 1st gear 3.06:1, 2nd gear 1.63:1, 3rd gear 1.0: 1, 4th gear 0.70:1

GDT Speedster performance:
The following performance data is estimated based upon published data for Chevrolet Corvettes equipped with LT 1 engines. The actual performance of the GDT Speedster has not been determined under controlled, normally accepted testing procedures.

Acceleration 5.7 seconds 0 to 96 km/h (0 to 60 mph)
Braking distance 37.4 m from 96 km/h (123 ft from 60 mph)
Fuel Mileage 6.8 km/l (16 mpg)
Mile 14.5 sec, 161 km/h (100 mph)
Top Speed 273 km/h (170 mph)

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