Bentley EXP speed 8 n.7 Winner 24 Hours of Le Mans 2003

BENTLEY EXP speed 8 n.7

BENTLEY EXP speed 8 n.7

HISTORY

The Bentley EXP speed 8 n.7 is a prototype of the English manufacturer that participated in the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2003. The Audi owner of the brand, to revive it decided to design a coupe car unlike the Audi R8 with which he participated in that period. The engine was the same as the german car, but with the possibility of having more power allowed by the regulation.

Capello, Smith and Kristensen won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003 with the Bentley EXP speed 8 n.7. The race saw the total domination of the green prototypes that made a stunning double with the twin car driven by the trio Blundell, Brabham and Herbert. After two years of apprenticeship, in which Audi preferred to focus on the R8, in 2003 the efforts were directed to the english car, also lending its pilots.

CHASSIS

Bentley EXP Speed 8
Carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb monocoque, carbon roll hoop integrated with roof structure.
Lenght: 4640 mm
Width: 1990 mm
Height: 1090 mm
Brakes: Carbon Fibre Discs
Tyres: Michelin

ENGINE

Audi 3595 cc V8 90° BI-Turbo, mid engine, longitudinally mounted
Power: 447,4 kW
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive.
Transmission: Bentley Xtrac six speed sequential manual with Megaline pneumatic actuation
Tank Capacity: 90 lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Winner 24 hours of Le Mans 2003 with drivers Tom Kristensen, Rinaldo Capello, Guy Smith

Bentley Speed Six n.4 winner 24 Hours of Le Mans 1930

BENTLEY SPEED SIX n.4

BENTLEY SPEED SIX n.4

HISTORY

The Bentley Speed Six n.4 is the winning car of the 24 Hours of Le Mans of 1930. The English manufacturer is the team to beat, since 1927 dominates the race, and in 1930 presented itself in the starting grid with three Speed ​​Six, a trying to beat them were the American Stutz and the German Mercedes.

Woolf Barnato and Glen Kidston won with the Bentley Speed Six n.4 the 24 hours of Le Mans 1930, for the British manufacturer was the fourth consecutive success and the fifth overall.
The race started with very few members and was always led by the English team that was never attacked by the main opponents who retired halfway through the race due to various problems. In second place came the twin car, the Bentley Speed ​​Six n.2 driven by Clement and Watney with a gap of six laps, while in third place the Talbot AO90 n.15 of Lewis and Eaton with a gap of seventeen laps.

CHASSIS

Bentley Speed Six
Steel ladder frame
Length: ? mm
Width: ? mm
Height: ? mm
Brakes: Drums
Tyres: Goodrich

ENGINE

Bentley 6597 cc S6
Power: 132 kW
Drive Type: Front wheel drive.
Transmission: four speed manual
Tank Capacity: 114 lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Winner 24 hours of Le Mans 1930 with drivers Woolf Barnato, Glen Kidston

Bentley Speed Six n.1 winner 24 Hours of Le Mans 1929

BENTLEY SPEED SIX n.1

BENTLEY SPEED SIX n.1

HISTORY

The Bentley Speed Six n.1 is the winning car of the 24 Hours of Le Mans of 1929. The British manufacturer after the success obtained in 1928 with the Bentley 4.5 Liter, under the vision of Walter Owen Bentley it was decided to add to the engine two cylinders , bringing the displacement to 6500 cc arriving at a power of 132 kw.

Woolf Barnato and Henry Birkin won with the Bentley Speed Six n.1 the 24 hours of Le Mans 1929, for the British manufacturer was the third consecutive success and the fourth total.
The race was a total dominion, not only of the new British car, but of all the cars deployed by the Cricklewood team, which occupied the first four positions. In second place came the Bentley 4.5 Liter n.9 driven by Dunfee and Kidston with a gap of seven laps, while in third place the Bentley 4.5 Liter n.10 of Benjafield and D’Erlanger with a gap of fifteen laps.

CHASSIS

Bentley Speed Six
Steel ladder frame
Length: ? mm
Width: ? mm
Height: ? mm
Brakes: Drums
Tyres: Dunlop

ENGINE

Bentley 6597 cc S6
Power: 132 kW
Drive Type: Front wheel drive.
Transmission: four speed manual
Tank Capacity: 114 lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Winner 24 hours of Le Mans 1929 with drivers Woolf Barnato, Henry Birkin

Bentley 4.5 Litre n.4 winner 24 Hours of Le Mans 1928

BENTLEY 4.5 LITRE n.4

BENTLEY 4.5 LITRE n.4

HISTORY

The Bentley 4.5 Litre n.4 is the winning car of the 24 Hours of Le Mans of 1928. The British manufacturer after the revenge obtained in 1927 with the Bentley 3 Litre ‘Sport’, updated the car by increasing the displacement of the engine to 4.5 liters . The new challenge was with the American team Stutz ready to redeem the defeat at the Indianapolis 500 miles.

Woolf Barnato and Bernard Rubin won with the Bentley 4.5 Litre n.4 the 24 hours of Le Mans 1928, for the builder it was the third success.
The race was initially characterized by the duel Bentley and Stutz, but during the night the American car was slowed by problems with the gearbox, this allowed the English car to lengthen, but a few hours from the end had mechanical problems that reduced the accumulated advantage, with difficulty they crossed the finish line as winners. In second place came the Stutz DV16 Blackhawk n.1 driven by Brisson and Bloch with a gap of one lap, while in third place the Chrysler 72 Six n.8 of Stoffel and Rossignol with a ten laps gap.

CHASSIS

Bentley 4,5 Litre
Steel ladder frame
Length: 4380 mm
Width: 1740 mm
Height: ? mm
Brakes: Drums
Tyres: Dunlop

ENGINE

Bentley 4392 cc S4
Power: 80 kW
Drive Type: Front wheel drive.
Transmission: four speed manual
Tank Capacity: ? lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Winner 24 hours of Le Mans 1928 with drivers Woolf Barnato, Bernard Rubin

Bentley 3 Litre 'Sport' n.3 winner 24 Hours of Le Mans 1927

BENTLEY 3 LITRE ‘SPORT’ n.3

BENTLEY 3 LITRE ‘SPORT’ n.3

HISTORY

The Bentley 3 Litre ‘Sport’ n.3 is the winning car of the 24 Hours of Le Mans of 1927. The English manufacturer after the defeat of the previous year against Lorraine-Dietrich, in 1927 was the absolute favorite, also because the team Franco-German had retired, leaving only private teams to run with their cars. Members were cars with lower performance compared to Bentleys.

Joseph Dudley Benjafield and Sammy Davis won with the Bentley 3 Litre ‘Sport’ n.3 the 24 hours of Le Mans 1927, for the builder it was the second success.
The race was initially dominated by the Bentleys, but an accident at the corners Maison Blanche put out the race all the British cars, only Davis managed to bring the car to the garage is repair it even with the front axle folded, resumed the race and after a long pursuit cut the finish line by winners. In second place came the Salmson n.25 led by De Victor and Hasley with a gap of twenty-one laps, while in third place Salmson n.23 of Casse and Rousseau with a gap of twenty-two laps.

CHASSIS

Bentley 3 Litre ‘Sport’
Steel ladder frame
Length: ? mm
Width: ? mm
Height: ? mm
Brakes: Drums
Tyres: Dunlop

ENGINE

Bentley 2989 cc S4
Power: 52 kW
Drive Type: Front wheel drive.
Transmission: four speed manual
Tank Capacity: ? lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Winner 24 hours of Le Mans 1927 with drivers Joseph Dudley Benjafield, Sammy Davis