05 May 2003
05 May 2003
The Bristol Fighter, a 200mph British supercar first unveiled in 1999 is now ready.
The chassis, with its Chrysler Viper 8 litre V10 mounted in front, is a strong steel structure to which a body of lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre is fitted. The car weighs about the same as a Ferrari 360 Modena but Bristol says that, with 525bhp, it will be significantly faster. It expects a maximum speed of 210mph and 0 to 60mph acceleration in 4sec.
The Fighter is a compact coupé the size of a Porsche 911. It is functional rather than pretty, but Bristol, which grew out of the aircraft company of the same name, insists aerodynamic efficiency has been put ahead of other considerations.
Bristol is very secretive about sales figures but claims to already have orders for the first year’s production of 20 Fighters at £229,125 apiece.
Thai Flight Training (TFT), a subsidiary of Thai Airways, recently ordered an Airbus A320 door trainer from Spatial Composite Solutions.
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) recently ordered a Boeing 787 door trainer from Spatial Composite Solutions, complete with Spatial’s virtual slide trainer.