September 29, 2023


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1929 Bentley Blower Continuation automobile to race in 2023

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Bentley’s Blower Continuation Sequence will compete in a handful of historic races in 2023.

Bentley is constructing 12 continuation automobiles primarily based on the 1929 Blower that Sir Henry Ralph Stanley “Tim” Birkin made well-known within the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties by racing throughout Europe, together with the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Named after its supercharged 4.5-liter inline-4 engine, the Blower was by no means as profitable as Bentley’s commonplace naturally aspirated automobiles, however it grew to become an icon of the golden age of Bentley racing.

It is solely becoming, then, {that a} Blower will return to the monitor. Bentley plans to make use of for the monitor Automotive Zero, the prototype constructed forward of the 12 buyer automobiles for validation functions, in line with an organization press launch. The schedule features a race on the U.Okay.’s Donington Park circuit April 29-30, adopted by a June 29-July 3 outing on the Circuit de la Sarthe that hosts the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and a race at Spa-Francorchamps Sept. 28-30.

1929 Bentley Blower Continuation Series Car Zero

1929 Bentley Blower Continuation Sequence Automotive Zero

The Le Mans historic race will mark the primary look of a factory-backed Bentley entry since 2003, when the Pace 8 scored the model’s final 24 Hours of Le Mans victory. Granted, historic racing is a bit completely different from a real manufacturing facility racing program. Among the buyer automobiles, eight of which have been accomplished to this point, are additionally anticipated to race there, in line with Bentley.

To construct its first Blowers in virtually a century, Bentley scanned each final a part of “Crew Automotive #2,” in any other case referred to as chassis HB 3403, from its heritage assortment, a automobile the automaker considers to be probably the most well-known Bentley on the planet. A digital mannequin was created from these scans, and specialist companies have been recruited to make new variations of the unique components. Meeting is being dealt with by Bentley’s Mulliner personalization division.

Blower Automotive Zero bought some extra modifications for racing within the twenty first century, together with a rain mild, exterior mirrors, towing factors, a hearth extinguisher, and a battery isolation swap. This certified the automobile for a Historic Technical Passport, which makes it eligible for FIA-sanctioned historic races. Drivers can be a mixture of professionals and journalists with racing expertise, in line with Bentley.

1929 Bentley Blower Continuation Series Car Zero

1929 Bentley Blower Continuation Sequence Automotive Zero

Automotive Zero not too long ago accomplished a six-hour endurance check at Goodwood. Driver Stuart Morley guided it by way of 380 miles at a mean pace of 83 mph. Bentley expects related circumstances in racing, which the automaker goals to make use of to show the standard of its craftsmanship.

“By going racing with Blower Automotive Zero, we are going to show the efficiency, authenticity, and sturdiness of our Continuation Sequence by taking up the unique competitors,” Mulliner CTO Paul Williams mentioned in an announcement, “and provides our clients confidence that they can also take their continuation automobiles to the monitor.”

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