Revived British sports car company Bristol Cars has chosen to equip its new model with a BMW powerplant. The car Bristol first announced late last year and referred to as “Project Pinnacle” is set to launch sometime this year.

Bristol only built a handful of cars during the 2000s which included the Viper V-10-powered Fighter before it went into bankruptcy in March 2011. Just a month later, the company was purchased by Kamkorp which also holds the rights to fellow British sports car brand Frazer-Nash. At present, Bristol has plans for two new sports cars.

Bristol is going back to its roots by using the BMW engines, as the first Bristol cars that were built shortly after World War II were based on BMW models.  The Bristol 400 was introduced in 1947 and was largely derived from the BMW 326 and 328 of the time.

The new car to be released by Bristol later this year will feature the BMW engine and coincide with the 70th anniversary of the company.  The second model that’s in development is set to feature a powertrain from the Fraser-Nash division and will likely be a hybrid-electric setup.

No details are available yet on the exact engine to be used but Bristol has stated the car will be a "modern take on the best of British craftsmanship".  The only teaser image that was released last year shows part of an aircraft-inspired body constructed from aluminum.  Retro British car companies are no stranger to BMW engines as Morgan uses one of the German automaker’s V-8s in its Aero 8 as well.  More details are due to be released on Project Pinnacle as we draw closer to its reveal.

Written by Bozi Tatarevic.


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