Bristol Cars are set to return with a four wheel drive range extender EV, reports Evo magazine.
New owners Frazer-Nash plan to use a system they have developed with Proton, owners of Lotus, to produce a new Bristol capable of 200mph and the equivalent of 100mpg.
The as yet unnames new car will get separate twin motor electric powetrains on each axle, making the car four wheel drive,. The 14kW/h battery pack will be charged from the mains, via brake regeneration or by a petrol Wankel engine which works exclusively as a generatorm poerting thr batteries — it will never power the wheels directly. All this technology has already proven itself via a Proton Progen using the same set up which Frazer-Nash has been running for months.
All very promising. But we were worried when we read in Evo that FN seems unlikely to fit all this to an existing Bristol model, preferring to look for a partner that can provide a donor model. We’re saddened they are not using the Fighter or Blenheim as a base and hope whatever platform gets chosen enables Bristol to stand out as a manufacturer of eccentric English automobiles.
FN is reporting the new car will launch in 2013.
Image credit to British design student Amarpreet Gill, who has created a model of how such a car could look. You can find more of Amarpreet’s work on his blog at http://amoconda.blogspot.com.