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.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.