Bristol Cars will launch remastered versions of the Fighter and 411 along with an all-new model.
There's a good chance you've never heard of Bristol Cars. Founded in 1945 and based in Bristol, UK, the British marque was best known for its hand-built luxury grand tourers sports cars like the Blenheim and the Fighter. In 2011, the company went into administration but was revived the same year by Kamkorp.
A few years later, Bristol Cars revealed a new roadster called the Bullet, but the project never got off the ground. Bristol Cars then entered liquidation last year, but Autocar reports the historic British brand is being revived once again, this time by British entrepreneur Jason Wharton. It's believed Wharton is keen to restart manufacturing of British cars very soon and build an "atelier-style" division that will sell, restore and support Bristol models built throughout the company's history.
Wharton also plans to launch "remastered" versions of the Fighter two-seater sports car, and the 411 four-seater in 2022, before revealing an all-new model called the Buccaneer GT. Speaking with Autocar, Wharton revealed the new car will be a four-seater "very much in the traditional Bristol mold" updated with modern technology and materials.
Wharton has already purchased the intellectual property rights to start making improved versions of the existing Fighter and 411 and is hoping to gain access to the Bristol company archive. The remastered models will be hand-built in batches of eight with some re-engineered components. The 411's outdated live rear axle, for example, will be replaced by an independent rear suspension.
While the original Bristol Fighter borrowed an 8.0-liter V10 engine from a Dodge Viper tuned to produce around 525 hp, both remastered models will use a version of Fiat Chrysler's 6.4-liter Hemi V8, paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. In the Dodge Challenger Scat Pack and Charger Scat Pack, this unit produces 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque.
Given the company's history, we won't be surprised if the reborn Bristol Cars extract more power from Chrysler's Hemi V8. The Buccaneer GT will also be powered by a Fiat Chrysler powertrain. If all goes well, the prototypes of each remastered model will be unleashed by the end of the year. With TVR also still planning to launch the all-new Griffith and Lotus launching its first all-new sports car in over a decade, we could see a resurgence of new British-built sports cars in the next few years.