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Bristol hybrid supercar waiting in the wings

Posted Feb 17th 2013 2:00PM


The denouement is happening in geologic time, but it looks like historic British carmaker Bristol will be resurrected with a hybrid supercar courtesy of another historic former British carmaker, Frazer-Nash. Four years ago, Frazer-Nash, now a Swiss company specializing in hybrid and alternative drivetrains, showed off the Namir concept designed by Guigiaro. After Bristol went bankrupt in 2011 it was bought by Kamkorp Autokraft, the parent company of Frazer-Nash, with plans to make a hybrid supercar.

The Namir was a series hybrid with a total of 362 horsepower, a 0-to-100 km/h acceleration time of 3.5 seconds, a claimed top speed of 300 km/h (187 mph). Perhaps most shocking is was its incredible fuel economy of 2.6 L/100km (91.7 US miles per gallon). The new Bristol could employ the same powertrain according to a report in Autocar which states that a "compact rotary" engine will power the lithium ion battery pack which in turn powers the electric motor driving all four wheels.

We might not be close to the finish – Frazer-Nash hasn't said when this new Bristol will arrive, nor who will design it. It has said, though, that it has "firm intentions" to build the car. No word on whether this car will be sold in the Canadian market.

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