Bristol Cars go back to their roots; could they be in line for an environmentally friendly re-design?

Late last week, the Frazer Nash group announced that it had acquired, via its subsidiary KampKorf Autocraft, the assets and goodwill of Bristol Cars, the UK based luxury car manufacturer, from the receivers who had been in appointed in March.

For those of you who don’t know Bristol Cars let me give you some background. Bristol Cars is a builder of handmade luxury cars, headquartered near Bristol. The company was established after the war in 1946, it has one showroom and annual production numbers are rumored to be around 20 cars, with newer models changing hands for anywhere up to a quarter of a million pounds. So, definitely one of life’s ultimate luxuries for car fanatics.

Bristol’s links with the Frazer Nash group go back to the very beginning of the company, when Fraser Nash was involved in the founding of Bristol Cars along with the Bristol Aeroplane Company.

This is a fascinating tie-up given Fraser Nash’s reputation for being at the forefront of research and development into providing clean and efficient transport, and unlike TVR, the other British independent sports car manufacturer, it remains in British hands.

Hybrid and clean technology cars produced by mass manufacturers are already significantly more expensive than their petrol and diesel peers, so it will be interesting to see how Fraser Nash proceeds with its, as of yet unknown, plan for Bristol Cars. Will it produce the ultimate handmade hybrid or will the acquisition drive R&D for helping to develop the definitive hybrid sports vehicle whose technology can be sold on to other manufacturers?