Bristol Cars has revealed a first teaser image of the 70th anniversary Project Pinnacle car it will launch in 2015 to revive the famous brand.
The first new Bristol in over a decade – and the first major product announcement since the firm was saved from administration by Kamkrop group in 2011 – the firm hasn’t revealed any firm details of Project Pinnacle but the fascinating teaser shot has certainly roused interest.
The image seems to suggest a classically-styled machine, possibly with heavily sculpted surfaces similar to those of the famous 1948 Bristol 401; the image has been purposefully darkened in this area so it’s possible that plenty more is being hidden from view.
The firm describes the new Bristol Project Pinnacle as “a modern take on the best of British craftsmanship and engineered to excite as a high performance Bristol car”.
Bristol revealed its latest news at the Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance in London today, where spokesman Sir George White said: “2015 will mark Bristol Cars’ 70th year, and these announcements underline today’s very exciting times at the company. Project Pinnacle signifies the re-birth of the brand with a design and character respectful of the company’s rich heritage in Great Britain – in aviation, commercial and luxury automotive – delivered with a modern approach to performance and comfort.”
The new Bristol pair
It’s not just the Project Pinnacle car that’s in development either: Bristol also today confirmed it is working on a new range-topping flagship grand tourer – using, remarkably, the same sort of range extender technology featured in cars such as the BMW i8.
Underpinned by Frazer-Nash Research technology – another Kamkorp business – little more has been said about the new Bristol EREV GT but it’s a fascinating proposition. As, indeed, is the all-new Project Pinnacle car due next year.
Bristol Cars’ General Manager, Julian Ramshaw, said: “Today’s announcements signify that we are nearing the completion of ‘Bristol is Reborn’ – phase 1. Investments in our new products and facilities spearhead our modern philosophy for the Bristol marque.
“This is just the start, and there is a lot more to come from us.”