Bristol Cars, the recently rescued manufacturer of quintessential English luxury GT cars, will “definitely build new Bristols designed and built in Britain”.
So says its new owner, the British-Swiss technology entrepreneur, Kamal Siddiqui, whose Frazer-Nash Research company last week acquired Bristol’s assets and goodwill for a consideration believed to be around £3 million.
Indian-born Siddiqui is a qualified engineer who employs around 80 people in the UK and operates from headquarters in a Surrey stately home. He concentrates mainly on developing hybrid and pure electric vehicle powertrains.
Frazer-Nash, flagship technology company for Siddiqui’s Kamkorp Group, built the 190mph Namir electric supercar seen at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, and designed and produced an extended-range electric powertrain used to power a Proton in the recent Brighton-London Future Car Challenge.
Siddiqui says he won’t announce any details of the revived Bristol model line-up until at least mid-year, preferring to wait until his new products can “start to do the talking”.
However, he is keen to re-establish the 65-year-old link between the Bristol and Frazer-Nash marques, which was forged just after the war, when for a time the marques had owners in common and used the same BMW 328-derived 2.0-litre straight six engine.
William Chia, Kamkorp’s operations director, says that over the next few months his company will reveal plans to combine Bristol’s heritage with Frazer-Nash’s “cutting-edge electric and range-extended powertrains”.