Bristol Cars Will Carry On!

A few weeks ago, I had a note on this website that Bristol Cars had filed for bankruptcy.  I am now pleased to report that Bristol Cars has been rescued.  Last week, Kamkorp Autokraft, part of the Frazer-Nash group, announced that it has acquired the assets and goodwill of Bristol Cars from its administrators. 

Kamkorp is a Swiss manufacturer of the Frazer-Nash brand of electric vehicles. In 2009, Frazer-Nash produced the Giugiaro-styled Namir, claimed to be the “fastest range-extended electric car in the world with a top speed of over 187mph and acceleration from 0 to 62mph in 3.5 seconds”.

Bristol Cars currently makes the Bristol Fighter, a very high performance sports car.


The Bristol Fighter made by Bristol Cars

According to William Chia, the group’s Director of Operations: “Bristol Cars is a British institution and an important part of our national motoring heritage.  Over the next few months we will start to reveal the details of our plans to combine Bristol Cars’ tradition and iconic marque with Frazer-Nash’s pioneering technology to showcase our cutting-edge electric and range-extended powertrains.”

“British engineers are globally recognized for their inventions and the quality of their innovation – and these attributes are inherent in all our systems and products.  Mindful of Bristol Cars’ rich heritage and our responsibility as custodians of the brand, we are certain that our technology will blend seamlessly and successfully with the Bristol Cars tradition of engineering integrity”.


 The Bristol Fighter has a nice aerodynamic shape

The Bristol Cars Fighter is quite a sports car with very high performance:

  • All-aluminium V-10 engine with a power output of 525 bhp increases to 550 bhp at very high speed due to aerodynamically induced supercharging effect.
  • Maximum speed approximately 210 mph.
  • 0-60 mph in less than 4 secs.
  • High gearing and low drag to enhance fuel economy. Average fuel consumption 25-30 mpUSg.
  • Engine idles on five cylinders at rest.
  • 6-speed, close ratio manual gearbox allows 60 mph in first gear, 100 mph cruising at 2,450 rpm in 6th.
  • Peak torque of 525 lb.ft is achieved at 4,200 rpm.
  • Optional normally aspirated ‘S’ version offers 628/660 bhp and 590 lb.ft of torque.
  • Optional twin turbocharged ‘T’ version produces 1012 bhp and 1036 lb.ft of torque.


 The Gull Wing Doors on the Bristol Cars Fighter are a nice feature

 The names ‘Bristol’ and ‘Frazer Nash’ were closely associated in the immediate post-War period, with the Bristol Cars’ BMW-based straight-six deployed in both company’s cars.


Frazer Nash LeMans Replica

Frazer Nash, along with many other racers, used the Bristol (BMW designed) 6-cylinder engine in their cars.  An excellent example of this is the 1953 Frazer Nash Targa Florio car.

1953 Frazer Nash Targa Florio car

The 6-cylinder Bristol engine was one of the most popular engines of the post war period.

The Bristol 6-cylinder engine in the 1953 Frazer Nash Targa Florio

I hope that this renewed relationship between Bristol Cars and Frazer-Nash will be successful for both companies.

1953 Frazer Nash Targa Florio

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