Great British Sports Cars and Witham Group join forces to build the “first car in the world to be made and run on lubricants from the same manufacturer” as public offered the chance to design its livery for The Classic at Silverstone

The Witham Group – famous for its Motul lubricants  – and bespoke manufacturer Great British Sports Cars have announced a partnership to create what is described as “the first car in the world to be made and run on lubricants from the same manufacturer”.

The lightweight hand-built car is currently in production ahead of its unveiling at The Classic at Silverstone in July and is set to be made using Motul lubricants exclusively. From its metal billet machining to turning, drilling and assembly, the manufacturing process will use only Motul products, finishing up with the engine’s final top-up of fluids.

The GBS Zero is a Lotus Seven-alike usually sold either as a self-build kit or factory-finished car. The car is built to accept a range of popular engines, including Ford Zetec, Pinto and twin-cam units, plus Vauxhall redtop, Honda VTEC and Mazda rotary engines.

The Zero Motul Edition is set to use a 2.5-litre Ford Duratec engine built by Neil Brown Engineering – the firm responsible for supplying the FIA Formula 4 championship. Power sits at 240bhp, while a set of throttle bodies and a dry sump system add to the racy specification. The car’s 500kg kerbweight means a power-to-weight ratio of almost 500bhp per tonne.

Motul’s involvement in the project will be seen across the bespoke car, with the brand’s logo etched or sculpted on brake calipers, headlights, upholstery and even the chassis. To really push the point home, however, Motul owner Witham Group is running a competition to design the car’s livery for its unveiling in July.

The competition runs until May 31st 2021 and will be judged across two categories: under 16 and over 16. Winners of each category will win family tickets to The Classic at Silverstone, along with a range of Motul merchandise, while the overall winner will get a behind-the-scenes tour of GBS’s factory – and their design will be used on the car.

See here for full details on how to enter the GBS Zero Motul Edition livery design competition.