2017 Bristol Bullet
British firm Bristol has just announced it will debut a brand-new sports car at the Salon Prive on September 1. Launched to celebrate the founding of Bristol Cars 70 years ago, it goes by the name Bullet and it’s the company’s first new design in 12 years. Initially announced in 2014 as "Project Pinnacle," the Bullet morphed into a neo-retro speedster with a luxurious interior and BMW power.
For the uninitiated, Bristol Cars Limited was founded in 1945, when the Bristol Aeroplane Company created its very own car division under Frazer Nash. After merging with Bristol Siddeley Engines (which was later purchased by Rolls-Royce), Bristol was purchased by Sir George White, who in 1973 sold his majority shareholding to Tony Crook, who remained in control of the company in 1997.
Crook transfered Bristol Cars ownership to Toby Silverton and the Tavistock group in 2002 and nine years later the company was placed into administration due to financial problems. A month later it was ourchased by Frazer-Nash Research. During its 70-year life, Bristol Cars launched Type 400 to Type 412 (1946 to 1975), but production slowed down to only to only four nameplates between 1993 and 2011. It’s last production model, the Fighter, came to be in 2004. Much like every model since 1961, the Fighter had a Chrysler engine (based on the Dodge Viper’s) under the hood.
Twelve years have passed and the Bristol is back with a promising roadster.
"The Bullet celebrates 70 years of design and innovation at Bristol Cars. This unique speedster sets the tone for the future of Bristol Cars – with a focus on luxury, performance and elegance it really is the ultimate driver’s car," said Julian Ramshaw, general manager of Bristol Cars.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Bristol Bullet.
Bristol being the company that it is, the fact that this brand new video is a review for a car that debuted in 2004 isn’t actually all that surprising. Bristols are rare, very, very rare, even if you go by the official figures, which are widely believed to hilariously optimistic. According to conservative estimates, there are a total of nine Bristol Fighters in existence, and Bristol has never been one to talk to the press. So it would take a while to track down one that you could review even if you devoted all of your time to it.
Even though the car is old, this is not an entirely irrelevant review, as Bristol is supposedly still making them. It does look pretty dated though, and Bristol’s habit of “borrowing” from the Germans is apparent in the big helpings of Mercedes-Benz 300SL slathered all over the bodywork. There are still things to like though, and the reviewer sings the car’s praises right from the start, particularly about the V-10 Viper-sourced engine, which certainly is worthy of praise. What he doesn’t mention is the price, but you can bet that it’s somewhere well above what nearly anyone would be willing to pay.
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.