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Bristol Developing A 200-MPH Hybrid For 2013

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On: Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 4:31PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bristol Developing A 200-MPH Hybrid For 2013

Cars like the Jaguar CX-75 and Porsche 918 Spyder have us pretty excited for the next-generation uses of "green" technology. These cars highlight that hybrids can compete with any car on the track, and can do it while offering a bit more efficiency. According to Edmunds, there's another hybrid supercar coming within the next few years, and it's coming from tiny specialty British automaker Bristol Cars.

Bristol Cars is a British automaker that specializes in obscure, low-volume luxury and sports cars like the V-10-powered 'Fighter.' Thanks to an acquisition Kamkorp Autokraft of the Frazer-Nash Group earlier this year, the automaker is now turning its attention to something a little greener. Bristol will build upon Frazer-Nash's expertise in hybrid-electric vehicle technology. According to Evo magazine, it is working on an all-wheel-drive hybrid with capabilities of 200 mph. The car will use front- and rear-mounted electric motors for primary motivation, with a rotary engine aboard as a generator.

Production could begin as early as 2013.

Additional details such as output figures and vehicle construction remain a mystery. Edmunds speculates that Bristol could build the hybrid upon the Fighter's platform, or may choose to seek an external platform.

The Fighter boasts up to 210 mph of speed and less than 4 seconds to 60 mph, thanks to its 525-hp modified Chrysler V-10 engine and aerodynamic build. The distinctive car features a rounded cabin, sharply cut flat rear fascia, and tapered tail to increase aerodynamics. The even more obscene Fighter T features 1,012 horsepower worth of twin-turbo 8.0-liter V-10 engine. Bristol claims that the car is capable of up to 270 mph, but has limited the top speed to 225 mph.

The hybrid supercar will be the first project since Kampkorp acquired Bristol in April. Frazer-Nash has previously developed range-extending powertrains for cars such as the Proton Exora.



Gfautoshopper | 7:28AM (Tue, Aug 16, 2011)

Sounds great! But the price will probably be scary too :(

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