“Automobile Zero” is what Bentley is looking the just-completed prototype for its Blower Continuation Sequence of 12 such automobiles to be produced, and the primary “Blower Bentleys” constructed by the manufacturing unit since 1930.
“After 40,000 hours of labor, Bentley Mulliner has at the moment accomplished the primary new Bentley Blower in 90 years, with the supply of Automobile Zero – the prototype automobile for the Blower Continuation Sequence,” the corporate stated in its announcement.
“This extremely unique run of 12 buyer vehicles – all pre-sold — will likely be crafted from the design drawings and tooling jigs used for the unique 4 Blowers constructed and raced by Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin within the late Nineteen Twenties. Particularly, Bentley’s personal Staff Automobile (Chassis HB 3403, engine SM 3902, registration UU 5872 – Staff Automobile #2) has supplied the grasp mannequin for the Continuation Sequence, with each single element laser-scanned as a part of a wheels-up, sympathetic restoration.”
Bentley stated 1,846 components, together with 230 full assemblies, such because the engine, needed to be hand-crafted for the primary continuation automobile, which is able to bear “an in depth check and sturdiness program — together with a run to high velocity” earlier than the beginning of the construct of the 12 buyer vehicles.
“Blower Automobile Zero is a devoted check and growth prototype, constructed upfront of the 12 buyer vehicles, and will likely be subjected to months of sturdiness and efficiency testing,” the corporate stated after Bentley chairman and chief govt Adrian Hallmark drove the automobile down Pyms Lane in Crewe.
“At present was a very exceptional day, not simply as a milestone within the Blower Continuation Sequence undertaking but in addition for Bentley Motors,” Hallmark stated. “To drive the primary new Blower in 90 years was a privilege, and the standard of the automobile would make Sir Tim Birkin himself proud. The craftsmanship is beautiful, and I’m happy to report that the automobile drives simply as fantastically as our authentic Staff Automobile.
“It was additionally vital that I might drive the brand new Blower down Pyms Lane, now a part of our major web site as we increase to create the brand new Bentley campus. Investing in our headquarters is significant each for Bentley’s future and for Crewe, and our new developments and buildings are a bodily manifestation of the thrilling future earlier than us as we begin our journey to turn into the world chief in sustainable luxurious mobility.”
Bentley added that the Blower Continuation Sequence is the primary “customer-facing undertaking delivered by the brand new Bentley Mulliner Traditional portfolio, certainly one of three new divisions of Mulliner alongside Coachbuilt (presently creating the equally unique Bacalar) and Collections (accountable for the Continental GT Mulliner).
For extra info, go to the Bentley Mulliner web site.