Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery

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  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
    Bristol started out as an airplane manufacturer during WW1 and WW2
    The first Bristol cars came in the 1940s and were based on BMW models like the 326, 327, and 328. They also featured numerous mechanical improvements compared to their Bavarian counterparts
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
    Second-generation Bristol cars (1960s) utilized Chrysler engines
    Chrysler's V-8 engines were used in the 1960s, but their last car - the Fighter - was powered by the Dodge Viper's 8.0-liter V-10, which produced 525 hp and 525 lb/ft
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
    There were 4 different versions
    Aside from the regular version, there was a more powerful Fighter S. A turbocharged version was in the works with over 1,000 hp, and a GT race car that would use the same turbocharged V-10
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
    Very few were made
    The main reason for the car's rarity is considered to be the price of £229,000, when new. Only 13 Fighters were sold and only one of them is the more powerful S version. There was also an additional GT2 race car that never raced
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
    Bristol Fighter was one of the most aerodynamic cars of its day
    The regular version of the car had a drag coefficient of 0.28. The turbocharged Fighter T aimed to drop the figure to 0.27. Downforce was still a feature, considered predominantly in motorsports
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
    The story of the Bristol Fighter is not over yet
    While the car was conceived in the 1990s, the company closed down in 2020. A year prior, SLG Hackett bought the remaining Fighter inventory, and 6 more cars are on the way. The Fighter T is also, said, to happen, under the new ownership
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
    It had motorsports know-how behind its development
    Designer Max Bostrom had a few successful race cars on his CV. He is responsible for the Fighter's bespoke chassis and double-wishbone suspension. Composite, aluminum, and carbon fiber were used for the body
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
    Bristol Fighter is a mix of Dodge Viper, Mercedes 300 SL, and other European sports cars
    The interior is surprisingly luxurious. The seats look like they come out of an old Mercedes S-Class, and are very well-padded There's also a surprising amount of cargo space
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
    Airplane-inspired interior
    The steering wheel spokes are styled after an airplane's yoke. The steering wheel design has not changed since Bristol started making cars in the 1940s. The shifter for the 6-speed manual is tilted towards the driver
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
    Unlimited customization options
    Bristol never offered specific colors or material options. It's whatever the customer chose. The interior, in particular, can be finished in a wide variety of materials, including aluminum or wood. This one features lots of carbon fiber
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
    All 13 road-going Fighters still survive
    With only 13 made, the Bristol Fighter is a true rarity. While some of the cars are "garage queens", the majority are being used and are fully operational. Thanks to SLG Hackett, all Fighters can be kept that way
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
    Swipe up to learn more about the Bristol Fighter
    One of the rarest British sports cars can easily be confused for a forgotten, 1990s successor of the Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing. What do you think of the Bristol Fighter?
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
  • Blast From The Past: The Bristol Fighter Is a Viper V-10-powered Unicorn With Gull-wing Doors - gallery
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