Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S (2009)
|Suspension (front)||Independent double wishbone pushrod system with horizontal spring/damper unit|
|Suspension (rear)||Independent double wishbone pushrod system with horizontal spring/damper unit|
|Length||4,561 mm (180 in)|
|Axle track||1,618 mm (64 in)/1,556 mm (61 in) front/rear|
|Wheelbase||2,815 mm (111 in)|
|Engine||Zytek ZJ458 4,500 cc (274.6 cu in) V8 naturally aspirated mid-mounted, longitudinally mounted|
|Transmission||Ricardo 6-speed semi-automatic|
|Weight||900 kg (1,984.2 lb)|
The GZ09S used a 4.5 litre, 635 hp Zytek ZJ458 naturally-aspirated V8 engine.It was designed for the new LMP1 regulations that were announced for the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, and it was an evolutionary update of the Zytek 07S. For 2009, it was announced that Strakka Racing would be moving up into the LMP1 class for the first time, entering a GZ09S, at both that year's Le Mans Series, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.Danny Watts gained his first pole at the 1000 km of Catalunya, the first event of the season, and the car's debut event. before eventually finishing fifth.The team managed to finish 14th in class at Le Mans, but the Team LNT entry failed to finish due to a fuel line rupturing. ALMS team Corsa Motorsports entered a hybrid version of the GZ09S at the 2009 Northeast Grand Prix, the first time a hybrid car had ever been run in the series.The hybrid's debut proved to be a successful one: the team finished third overall, running reliably throughout the race, to the surprise of its drivers Johnny Mowlem and Stefan Johansson. Corsa Motorsports entered four other events that season with the team being the only ALMS team to utilize the GZ09S. The list of Ginetta-Zyteks was further expanded when former Formula 1 world champion Nigel Mansell announced he was entering the 1000 km of Silverstone, the final race of the 2009 LMS season. It would not prove to be a successful event for Mansell, as his team finished 28th overall, last of the LMP1 cars to be classified.
For 2010, Beechdean-Mansell Motorsport and LNT were the only teams to enter the GZ09S in the Le Mans Series. Mansell took a class victory, and seventh overall, at the 1000 km of Hungaroring, a race notable for the top six places being filled solely with LMP2 cars, due to the top category's entrants (including the Mansell team) experiencing a variety of misfortunes. Mansell, partnered by his sons Leo and Greg, was the only GZ09S entry in the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Nigel making his debut at the event. It would not, however, prove to be a successful one: Nigel lasted just 17 minutes, before a puncture caused him to crash heavily at Mulsanne corner, and the first father-and-son team in Le Mans history was forced to withdraw.The team folded soon after the end of the season.Although still technically eligible to compete, the car was essentially made obsolete by the new LMP1 regulations for 2011, and thus did not appear again.