Bentley Speed Six Continuation: Almost Ready to Roll

The Brand’s Second Continuation Series Project

Having reached the completion of its 12th and ultimate 4½-Liter Blower Continuation Series buyer automobile, Bentley is now changing its focus to the manufacturing of the Speed Six Continuation Series. Every exemplar will necessitate 10 months to construct, with supply projected for 2025. Likewise to the Blower, merely a dozen examples of the Speed Six will be manufactured.

The Speed Six is to be brought back as part of the British luxury car maker’s second reconstruction endeavor. Rather than a 4-liter engine, this vehicle features a 6½-liter inline-six that can generate up to 200 horsepower. That may appear deficient in comparison to the standard Bentley Bentayga which creates 443 hp; however, this power unit allowed Bentley to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans competition during 1929 and 1930 with drivers Woolf Barnato, Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin, and Glen Kidston.

at an average speed of 77 mph.The motor vehicles were also quite elegant as they ended the French enduro race, creating novel milestones. Bentley dialed up a renegade time of just 7 minutes and 21 seconds, bettering the top mark by an impressive 46 seconds whilst driving at an impressive average speed of 83mph. Furthermore, the cars manufactured an astonishing stretch of 2,844 km (1,767 miles) at an outstanding avg velocity of 77mph too.

Mulliner, the oldest coachbuilder in existence, has been assigned the responsibility of completing the continuation task. The venture will include two new automobiles, Car Zero and Factory Works, each offering customers unique customizations. Experiments in durability will be done on this reissued model first presented at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed. An element of these tests entails a vigorous 8,000 km (4,971 miles) drive to ensure the car can maintain its strength and performance.

Bentley reported that greater than 600 highly unique sections will be utilized in producing the second sequel of the project, including an all-fresh engine block casting. Early mechanical testing indicated the new contraption had the potential to yield up to 205 horsepower, although the capabilities of this motor could be increased with a bit of tweaking. The aim is to create a representation of both the look and operation of the 1930 variation.

Despite the usage of period-accurate tools, fixings, and techniques, it is improbable that the models will precisely replicate those created before World War II because particular aspects must be adjusted to satisfy current regulations. The exemplars on which this task is based are the Speed Six, GU409, and ‘Old Number 3,’ all belonging to a company’s single Speed Six that participated in the 1930 24 Hours of Le Mans with drivers Sammy Davis and Clive Dunfee.

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