If you’re outside the U.K., you’ve probably never heard of Bristol Cars, the company that once turned out a Viper V-10-powered grand tourer known as the Fighter. Bristol began as an aircraft manufacturer but in 1945 diversified into car production. However, right up until its demise in 2011, the company remained true to its roots of being a discreet supplier of luxury grand tourers to discerning, well-heeled buyers. In fact, it didn’t even have a network of dealers; all sales were done at a landmark showroom in London.
But the story of Bristol Cars is not over yet. Soon after its bankruptcy, the company’s assets were bought and now Bristol’s new owner plans to launch at least two new cars under the Bristol name. The first will launch in 2015, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Bristol Cars, and the second will be an advanced extended-range electric car we’ve been hearing about for the past several years.
A teaser has been released for the first model, codenamed Project Pinnacle. The car is described as a modern take on the “best of British craftsmanship” and “engineered to excite as a high-performance” car.
As for the second model, it is described as a GT powered by an extended-range electric drivetrain. The technology will come from Frazer-Nash Research, which is owned by the same company that owns Bristol, Kamkorp Group, and in 2009 unveiled the striking Namir electric supercar concept. Bristol has previously promised a top speed of 200 mph.
Plans are also underway to refurbish the landmark Bristol showroom at 368 Kensington High Street in London, with further investment made across the street at number 375 for an additional showroom. In addition, a restoration facility in Brentford, West London was opened this year, and Bristol has also launched a merchandise range including clothing and model cars.
Bristol Cars landmark showroom in London, U.K.