Designed and built by Autotune in 1987 the Gemini is a fine handling sports car that takes its aesthetic influences from the 1950´s Elva Sports racing cars.
Above: Classic Red Gemini Sports Car
The Gemini uses mostly Ford Escort Mk1 or Mk2 components housed in a steel spaceframe chassis. The Escort rear axle is modified on an exchange basis with brackets added to mount the four radius arms and the panhard rod. At the front Ford Cortina uprights are used with fabricated double wishbones. Many engines can be fitted, obviously the easy choice is the Crossflow engine from the Escort donor car, however with enough room for even the Rover V8 there are many possibilities. Engines fitted have included Ford Crossflow, CVH, Pinto, Zetec and 2.8 and 3.0 V6, Vauxhall 8V and 16V, Triumph Dolomite, Lotus Twin Cam, Fiat Twin Cam, Lancia Twin Cam, Rover K-Series and V8, etc, etc. The possibilities are endless!
Above: Classic Yellow Gemini Sports Car
The Gemini has proven its excellent road holding on the circuits of Europe, including dominating the very first European Kit Car race held in treacherous conditions at Zandvoort in Holland, with only a mildly tuned 1600cc Ford Crossflow engine. Similarly, the over 1600cc Class of the 750 Motor Club Kit Car Championship was twice won by a V6 Ford engined Gemini and Class D of the BRSCC Historic Replicar Championship was twice won by a Rover V8 engined example.
Further proving the quality of the Gemini, Autotune joined the SMMT early on in the evolvement of the car, completing most of the criteria required by the current SVA testing back in 1992. TUV (UK) Ltd., on behalf of the
SMMT, tested the Gemini from all aspects including:
Quality of chassis materials
GRP strength and quality
Surface area mouldings
Component fit and accessibility
Continuity of maintenance
Premises, and those of sub contractors
Back-up and service
Above: Gemini with Chassis
It was also necessary to submit a chassis for testing to the EC Directive Regulation 14, for seat belt anchorages, having a pull test to a load of three tons. The Gemini passed first time on the Rig at Manchester Metropolitan University, organised by STATUS.
Designed to suit the budget kit car builder, the Gemini can be built using many of the components from the donor Escort, even including such items as the instruments and wiring loom helping to reduce those build costs. Additionally there are various kit options, all varying in cost.
With 15 years of continuous production and exports in most European countries, New Zealand, Scandanavia, etc., the Gemini has shown itself to be a practical, budget sports car with excellent performance and handling.
Above: Gemini - Winner Ultimate Road Car 1992