Bristol Fighter T
Described as a supercar, the Bristol Fighter T was the special turbocharged version of the Bristol Fighter. In 2004, the Bristol Fighter was manufactured as a 2-seater coupe with 2 doors. Max Boxstrom, a Formula One engineer for Brabham, has been credited for its design. A lot of publicity had been generated in the press with release of its sketches and drawings. But the car was first unveiled in May 2003. The Fighter Turbo debuted in 2006. While the exteriors remained the same more of less, the powerhouse had been totally revamped and upgraded. The car proved to be a real wild performer and the improvement of the drag coefficient from a Cd 0.28 to Cd 0.27 paid off big time. In fact, the car was famed to be more powerful than the famous Bugatti Veyron. Its cost too crossed the half million mark at US $550,000.
A suitably modified Chrysler V10 engine has been fitted into the Fighter T. Therefore, the engine becomes the first petrol-powered V10 to be turbocharged. The engine comes along with a twin turbo system with a nearly 8,000 cc capacity. This produces a tremendous power of 1012 bhp or 755 kW at 5,600 rpm. The torque generated is equally impressive - 1,405 Nm at 4,500 rpm. Bristol claims that the top speed capacity of the Fighter T exceeds 430 kmh. We may never get to check that out since the speed has been electronically limited to 362 km/h. What can definitely be tested is the terrific acceleration that the car is capable of which makes it zip from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.
One look at the interiors of the Fighter T and one will realize that this car is not made for luxury. With a beast of an engine in its belly, the car's interiors have been designed to be functional without adding any extra weight. However, there is no trade-off in the roominess of the interiors. The seats look modular in appearance but are comfortably hard in their feel. With safety seatbelts, they have been upholstered with great care. The leather used is soft and durable, being of the highest quality. A small steering wheel houses behind it all the different dials and gauges in this right-hand drive car. The floors have been cushioned and carpeted. Power windows fill both the doors while an excellent climate-control system is easily accessible from the central console. The dashboard is otherwise clean and uncluttered.
The most striking features of the Bristol Fighter T are its gull-wing opening doors and the extra long bonnet or hood. The hood almost seems to twist like a long and powerful anaconda snake. The curves and slope have been carved to ensure least air-resistance and maximum aerodynamic stability. The length of the bonnet is such that the two doors on the sides are almost located at the rear-end. Dual headlamps have been deeply set in the front and a small grille is located at the lower end. The wheels have venous-branching rims which add to the 'speed-feel' when the car is racing. The rear-view mirrors appear to be placed on a short podium. The overall height of the car is just above 1.3 meters and it has been kept low to improve stability. At 1,600 kg, the car is quite heavy for its size.