Extended-Range Bristol GT Shooting for 200 MPH Top Speed and 100 MPG; Concept to Debut in Late 2013
MAY 8 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY
Later this year, a UK automaker by the name of Bristol will wheel out a concept extended-range electric vehicle, called the GT, that promises to wow the world.
The Bristol GT, which is currently under development at Frazer-Nash Research, has some lofty targets attached to it that will make it a stand out automobile, if successfully executed.
Those targets, which include a top speed of 200 mph and a city fuel-efficiency rating of 100 mpg (Bristol doesn’t detail how it’ll arrive at this 100-mpg mark), will likely make the four-seat Bristol the only vehicle in the world to boast those two targets simultaneously.
Though no images of the Bristol GT exist, we do know it’ll borrow the Frazer-Nash -supplied powertrain setup found in the 2009 Giugiaro-styled Namir supercar concept (displayed throughout this post), which means it’ll employ separate drive motors for all four wheels, plus an 800-cc Wankel rotary engine powering a generator to feed its bank of lithium-ion batteries.
The Bristol GT is claimed to be roughly the size of a Bentley Continental and is expected to carry a price tag of “under £200,000” or under $311,280 US.
Fitting of its price tag, the Bristol GT will be a limited vehicle. According to the automaker, only “several hundred a year” will be built.
Though the GT will be badged a Bristol, it’s really a showcase for Frazer-Nash’ efficiency-based technologies, designed and developed in house since 1989. The Frazer-Nash team consists of 100 engineering types who have built 150-plus advanced powertrain vehicles, concept, show car and so on over the years.
Amazingly, Frazer-Nash doesn’t rely on outside suppliers for any of the essential components. Frazzer-Nash says all of its hardware, algorithms, software, battery packs and multiplexing is its own.
And for Frazer-Nash, it’s hard to argue against its motto: “Our goal, in all we do, is efficiency.”
Look for more details on the Birstol GT when it debuts near the end of 2013.