The New Bristol Fighter

The New Bristol Fighter Chassis


Bristol Cars (The Company)

Bristol Cars Ltd. was created in 1946 as a sub-division of one of the world’s most successful aviation manufacturers, The Bristol Aeroplane Company Ltd. Today, our staff is still drawn from an aviation background to ensure that they are steeped in the traditions of superior engineering, unimpeachable quality and a total devotion to safety.

As a company, we do not worry ourselves with the fleeting automotive fashions which govern other manufacturers’ designs. We crave instead integrity of purpose and an unmatched level of engineering perfection. We pursue a mindset that designs and builds our cars with a useful life of many decades in mind. As a result, we continue to enjoy absolute customer confidence and loyalty allowing Bristol to thrive where others have failed. We are particularly proud of the fact that our ownership is British and privately held which provides the absolute independence of thought and action which is central to our purpose.

All New

We draw your attention to the fact that the Fighter is an entirely new car. The V-10 engine and transmission have been specially developed to suit Bristol requirements. The rest of the vehicle has been designed "with a clean sheet of paper", to meet the uniquely demanding requirements of a sports car capable of more than 200 miles an hour. There is no carry over of parts from any previous Bristol design. We have made the most of this opportunity to design the most exciting car we can imagine using all the advances of modern technology.


Fighter is one of the very few cars ever designed where aerodynamic efficiency has been placed ahead of all other considerations. Innovative design features are shared with aircraft, high speed missiles and even submarines. The curvaceous aircraft style canopy may look exciting but it is actually used because it vastly reduces lift and drag. It also offers uninterrupted all round vision while the dramatic gull wing doors are the intelligent solution on a low built car to ensure easy entry and exit even in confined spaces. Supremely elegant but with a steely hint of aggression, the Fighter is a perfect example of the beauty that results when form exactly follows function.

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Published 25 March 2003 Melanie Carter

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