Bristol started back in 1945 as a manufacturer of luxury and sports cars, but its history dates back further with the Bristol Aeroplane Company. In 2011, the company underwent serious financial issues and went into administration (bankruptcy). Since its 2011 Bankruptcy, it was bought out by Kamkorp and has yet to release another vehicle.
Bristol Cars is a British-based company founded in 1945 that specializes in developing hand-built luxury cars. The company produces only 20 units per year, but even so, it manages to maintain loyal clientele.
One of the most famous cars developed by Bristol was the Fighter - a sports car that can hit a top speed of about 200 mph. Along with that beast, the company has developed lots of other models and all of them used either BMW or Chrysler engines to power them.
Now Bristol wants to hit that 200 mph mark one more time, but this time in a new extended-range electric GT supercar. The model is still in its development process and will be shown in concept form at the end of this year.
It will use the same design language we saw on the 2009 Giugiaro-styled Namir supercar concept and will be offered with technology developed by Surrey-based technology group Frazer-Nash Research.
Note: pictures shown here are of the Giugiaro Namir Concept, not the Bristol GT.
Click past the jump to read more about the future Bristol GT.
If in case all the news and rumors surrounding electric supercars have become a little too much for our gas-guzzling friends, it is worth pointing out there is a future for these type of cars. The only caveat, as has always been the case, is that someone actually builds something that could be considered as such.
The latest automaker to have their names attached to building ’e-exotics’ is British automaker, Bristol. You might remember these guys for their storied history in aviation manufacturing and their crossover into the automotive industry with the 200-mph Fighter sports car. However, now it appears as if the British company is looking at breaking into the electric segment.
According to EVO, Bristol wants to build an electric supercar that can hit up to 200 mph. Ambitious as it sounds - and it does sound very ambitious - the British automaker is serious enough to already have plans for putting in two separate electric powertrains for the front and rear wheels. These dual drivetrains will each have two motors, allowing for each wheel to have its own more, which could very well make for a very interesting car.
While the hope and dream for the car’s realization is still years away - if it ever gets there - Bristol at least has an important ally by its side in the form of its parent company, Frazer-Nash, which has been spending a lot of its time working with and helping develop range-extending powertrain systems for other manufacturers.
If Bristol manages to achieve producing a 200-mph electric super car with all the luxury bells and whistles that come with it, who knows, they might end up being a trail blazer in their own right.