BULLET is Bristol Cars’ celebration of 70 years of sophisticated luxury motoring. Referencing an historic prototype, BULLET resonates with the visual language of the most iconic Bristol models. With only 70 examples to be built, BULLET will remain the pinnacle of Bristol’s conventionally powered models. Drawing heavily upon the prototype “BULLET” speedster, the wings, front grill and bonnet intake of the BULLET are all visual clues to our roots as an aeroplane manufacturer. The bold and confident design captures attention without the need for ostentation; it is very much a Bristol for the modern age. As befitting of our aerospace heritage, Bristol models traditionally were manufactured from aluminium. However, as aerospace has moved on, so too has Bristol Cars. Much like the newest aircraft, the body of BULLET is manufactured from bespoke carbon fibre composites to achieve high strength, rigidity and a low weight.
Where metals are used, high-grade aluminium is preferred; only the roll-hoop structure is manufactured from high strength steel. Designed to reference the highlights of a heritage steeped in innovation, the traditionally aerodynamic contours are blended with a modern twist. Deep swage lines sit against the smooth and flowing forms of car. From every angle, a visual tension is to be found; BULLET embodies a sophistication that is captured by the aesthetic drama it creates. BULLET’s instrument binnacle references classic Bristols of the past, taking inspiration from the 404, 405, and original Bullet. The dashboard panelling is offered in a classic wood; a modern herringbone carbon-fibre weave; or for ultimate refinement, a unique hand-laid unidirectional carbon-fibre weave.
BULLET is well suited to meet the requirements of the modern age with the very latest in infotainment technology. A capacitive multi-touch information centre embedded into the dashboard provides such conveniences as digital radio and smartphone connectivity.
Car displayed from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 September, courtesy of Bristol Car Limited.
Photography by Martyn Goddard.