May 6, 2013
2015 Bristol GT: 200 MPH Electric Super Car
The competition to produce 200 mph sports cars is in full swing. We have at our disposal Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Bugatti, and a slew of other sports cars that can break the 200 mph plain. However, only a few electric cars can boast about this achievement.
Information used is from our friends at Top Speed.
A British car company, Bristol Cars, founded in 1945 has decided to step up to the competition with an electric powered sports car. Bristol Cars has the 2015 Bristol GT concept car in development in hopes of reaching the 200 mph goal. The most famous car produced by Bristol Cars was the Fighter capable of reaching the ever so popular objective of 200 mph.
The cover photo is not the Bristol GT, it is the 2009 Giugiaro Namir concept car. The Bristol GT will be similar in design and will be shown later this year as a concept super car. Bristol Cars only produces 20 units per year and they use either BMW or Chrysler engines.
Statistics on the actual design of the interior and exterior of the Bristol GT have not been released as of yet, but Bristol Cars is known for its high end luxury and design, so the Bristol GT is sure to be pleasing to the eye.
The Giugiaro Namir was a hybrid that produced 400 hp from four electric motors combined with an 814 cc endothermic rotary engine. Expectations of an 800 cc Wankel rotary engine in the Bristol GT will serve as the generator to supply the power for the four electric engines.
The Bristol Cars company hopes to produce several hundred of these electric super cars per year, at a price of around $310,000. A high price tag for an electric car, but compared to other super cars with similar style and performance, the cost is also equivalent.
Other car companies are also in the quest for super fast, electric super cars. The Volar-E is powered by four in wheel electric motors delivering 1,072 hp, but only reaches a top speed of 175 mph. Well short of the 200 mph goal for an electric powered car.
Another super car, the Rimac Concept One, is not a concept car at all. It is currently in production and for sale at a $1 million dollar price tag. But unfortunately, only 88 cars were produced. The drive train is a uniquely designed system with four motors, four inverters, and four reduction gearboxes. The system delivers 1,088 hp, but still falls short of the 200 mph target at 189 mph.
Two electric super cars claim to have reached this bench mark. In 2002, the tzero produced by AC Propulsion reached 200 mph. And Hybrid Technologies, from Las Vegas, showcased the LiX-75 at the New York Auto Show on April 14, 2006. It is electric powered with solar panels on the trunk. The LiX-75 also reaches the 200 mph goal and zips from 0 – 60 in three seconds.
In conclusion, if the Bristol GT can muster up enough power to reach 200 mph, it will be one of only a few electric powered super cars to reach that elusive mark.
Image Credit: Bristol Cars