Bentley will collect 12 replicas of its race car of the last centuryApril 19, 2020
Using the latest laser scanning technology, the British brand is creating a detailed digital model of a race car of the last century. The company plans to collect 12 copies of the old legend.
Bentley is working on the creation of 12 copies of the Blower race car, which used to be driven by legendary Bentley racer Henry Birkin. Needless to say, this car means a lot to the British automaker. Today we have an amazing opportunity to get acquainted with the digital drawings of this legendary car. It is reported that to create a 3D model, the original Bentley Blower, which is located in the company’s museum in the British city of Crewe (the machine belonged to Henry Birkin himself), was scanned using advanced laser scanning technology.
In order to win the race, Mr. Birkin wanted to create a car with a powerful 4.5-liter engine, but Walter Owen Bentley, who is the founder of the British brand, at that time was not too keen on this idea. Only years later was a 4.5-liter supercharged racing car built.
Although the 4.5-liter Bentley won the race at Le Mans in 1928 with Wulf Barnato and Bernard Rubin, who piloted it, the growing competition from competitors prompted Bentley to create a more powerful version of his Le Mans-winning car.
To do this, Bentley turned to supercharger experts from Amherst Villiers, which provided the Bentley with a blower that hung in front of the radiator of the machine. Thanks to this, it was possible to significantly increase power – the 4.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine was now able to produce not 175 horsepower, but all 242.
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