Bristol Fighter (automobile)
|Body and chassis|
four-speed automatic transmission
|Wheelbase||2,750 mm (108.3 in)|
|Length||4,420 mm (174.0 in)|
|Width||1,795 mm (70.7 in)|
|Height||1,345 mm (53.0 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,600 kg (3,527 lb) (525 bhp version)|
The Bristol Fighter is a British sports car, manufactured by Bristol Cars in small numbers from 2004 until the cessation of manufacturing by Bristol Cars in 2011. It is generally classed as a supercar.
The car uses a front-mounted V10 engine of 7,996 cc (487.9 ci) based on that of the Dodge Viper and the Dodge Ram SRT-10 pick up (it was originally based on the Chrysler LA engine), but modified by Bristol to produce 525 bhp (391 kW; 532 PS) at 5,600 rpm and 515 lb·ft (698 N·m) of torque at 4,200 rpm. This is in keeping with Bristol's use of Chrysler engines since 1961. In the more powerful Fighter S the engine is tuned to give 628 hp (660 hp at high speed using the ram air effect). The car's weight is 1,600 kg (3,527 lb).
The car has a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, and is rear-wheel drive. It can achieve the 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) sprint in 4.0 seconds (claimed), and enjoys a power-to-weight ratio of 267.8 kW/ton (362 bhp/ton). The car has a claimed top speed of 210 mph (340 km/h) and the driver can be 6 ft 7 in (2.0 m) tall at maximum.
Although sketches and models had been publicised some time before, a complete car was first shown to the press in May 2003. The first drive by a car magazine appears to be that in the April 2005 issue of Evo Magazine.
It is claimed that only 13 Bristol Fighters were manufactured, making it one of the rarest production cars in existence.
In 2006, Bristol announced the Fighter T, a turbocharged version of the Fighter. This had a modified version of the Chrysler V10 producing 1,012 bhp (755 kW; 1,026 PS) and 1,036 lb·ft (1,405 N·m) of torque at 4,500 rpm. This also makes it the first turbocharged petrol-powered V10 production car. The Fighter T also benefited from an improved drag coefficient of 0.27. Bristol claimed that the car was capable of more than 270 mph (430 km/h); however it was be electronically limited to a "more than adequate" 225 mph (362 km/h). When the Fighter T went into production, it was more powerful than Bugatti Veyron, which was advertised as having 1,001 PS (736 kW; 987 bhp), but still less powerful than the SSC Ultimate Aero TT. The first production cars were delivered in September 2007.
|Model||Engine||Displacement||Max power||Max torque||Acceleration 0-60 mph/s||Top speed|
|Fighter||V10||7,994 cc (487.8 cu in)||525 bhp (391 kW; 532 PS) @ 5,500 rpm||525 lb·ft (712 N·m) @ 4,200 rpm||c 4.0||210 mph (340 km/h)|
|Fighter S||V10||7,994 cc (487.8 cu in)||628 bhp (468 kW; 637 PS) @ 5,900 rpm||580 lb·ft (790 N·m) @ 3,900 rpm||4.0||210 mph (340 km/h)|
|Fighter T||V10 turbo||7,994 cc (487.8 cu in)||1,012 bhp (755 kW; 1,026 PS) @ 5,600 rpm||1,036 lb·ft (1,405 N·m) @ 4,500 rpm||3.5||225 mph (362 km/h) limited|
- Richard Porter (2008). "Bristol Fighter". evo.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
- Martin Buckley (2006-01-31). "A very special Bristol: Anyone want to start a Fighter?". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
- "Fighting chance to be an instant classic". Coventry Evening Telegraph. 2006-11-13.
- "Bristol Fighter V10 S". autocar.co.uk. 2005. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
- "Bristol Fighter T Revealed". worldcarfans.com. 2006. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
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