Britain's Bristol Fighter T
by Stephen Walker
8th November, 2006
Bristol Fighter T
Bristol, the exclusive car manufacturer, has been operating
in England for 60 years. An expansion of their product line-up is planned for late next year when they
introduce a new version of the high performance Fighter model. Due to ever increasing requests for even
more performance, the company has decided to add more get up and go to the already high performing Fighter
models. Currently, there exists the Fighter and Fighter S amongst others in the Bristol range.
From September 2007, the Fighter T will be added to the exclusive line-up. It will feature unbelievable
performance from its twin-turbocharged 8-litre V10 engine. Interestingly, Bristol was Britain's first
manufacturer to introduce a turbocharged car, when they introduced the Beaufighter in 1980.
Responding to the needs of some exacting customers Bristol developed the very special Fighter variant
which, as ever, remains a compact and enjoyable car to drive around town or as an exhilarating track car.
Yet it takes two people and their luggage in great luxury and ease for transcontinental travel.
Bristol is unique amongst car manufacturers. They operate just one sales outlet. It is located in
Kensington High Street, London (England).
Bristol began as an aircraft manufacturer in 1946 (*) and, interestingly, seem
to possess one very highly prized attribute .... no compromises! Therefore, the super car that arrives in
their showroom next year will be positioned well above the high-end of the traditional new car market.
* Correction (9/11/06):
The company began building cars in 1946. Aircraft manufacture began in 1910 when the company was known
as Bristol and Colonial Aircraft Company.
Brief details of the new Bristol Fighter T:
- Twin turbocharged and intercooled 8 litre V10 engine
- 1,012 bhp at 5,600 rpm
- 1,036 lb.ft of torque at 4,500 rpm
- Functional exterior styling changes and mechanical alterations to suit the extra performance
- Light weight sports interior
- At 3,500 rpm the standard Fighter produces an impressive 525 lb.ft of torque. The Fighter T delivers
more than 900 lb.ft at the same rpm and continues to do so all the way up to the rev limit of 6,000 rpm.
- Drag factor reduced to 0.27 by a new rear wake diffuser.
- A potential maximum speed of more than 270 mph has been electronically limited to a more than
sufficient 225 mph at 4,500 rpm.
- 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds.
Brief Specifications - Bristol Fighter T
All aluminium 8 litre V10. 9.3:1 compression ratio. Two ball bearing water cooled turbochargers with
intercooling, uprated engine internals. High flow cylinder heads with high lift camshaft. High capacity
cooling system and catalysts. Free flow exhaust with side of car exits. Output 127 bhp per litre. 1,012
bhp at 5,600 rpm. 1,036 lb.ft of torque at 4,500 rpm.
6 speed manual gearbox with increased torque capacity. Revised gear ratios to suit torque
Structure 30% stiffer in torsion. Firmer springs. 10 mm lower ride height. 25% stiffer front
anti-roll bar. Firmer sports dampers. Revised wishbone geometry front and rear. 40% increased castor.
Ball jointed rear torque bushings. 285 x 19 inch front tyres. 335 x 19 inch rear tyres. 5 spoke 19 inch
aluminium alloy light weight wheels.
Radiused intake grille. Side exit exhaust pipes. Polished stainless steel outlets. Rear wake
Engine turned aluminium instrument and centre console. Faces with coloured varnish to match leather.
Turned aluminium switch gear. Turbo boost gauge. Light weight ‘racing style’ seats. Light weight steering