Bentley Mariner, Bentley’s bespoke division, has completed the first of the 1929 race car ” Blower ” continuation models. This is a master prototype that precedes the official model produced in all 12 units and is called “Car Zero”.
The continuation model of the blower uses the design drawings of that time and the molds and jigs of that time, and one of the rare original models (HB 3403) is disassembled into each of about 2000 parts, 3D laser. Scan and make everything new. The Car Zero is the first Bentley Mariner skilled technician to manually assemble the parts over a daunting amount of about 40,000 hours.
The Bentley Blower is a famous car manufactured by Sir Henry “‘Tim” Birkin and has participated in many races, and there are only four original “Team Blowers” made for the race. Among them, the second car (registration number UU 5872) driven by Birkin himself participated in the 1930 Le Mans 24-hour endurance race and showed an overwhelming speed with the fastest lap time of 6 minutes 48 seconds (race is). Retired due to crankshaft problem).
This new car production for the first time in 90 years was announced as a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bentley at the Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance held at Blenheim Palace in the UK in September 2019.
At the time, Bentley Chairman and CEO Adrian Hallmark said, “We are trying to create something very good with the latest digital technology while faithfully comparing the past. Four team blowers are in the world. We will respond to the desire for a reprint model that is the most valuable Bentley and that you can actually enjoy and love driving without damaging your precious original. “
The 12 reprinted blowers will be produced so that the appearance and mechanism as well as the “original spirit” will be inherited as much as possible. However, in line with the modern 2020, safety changes will be slightly less noticeable.
Blowers are manufactured by companies and engineers with the world’s highest technology for each part. For example, the chassis is made of extra-thick steel plate and is manually molded and hot riveted by experts from Israel Newton & Sons, who have worked on boilers such as steam locomotives. The Vintage Car Radiator Company has also recreated some of its key components, including a mirror-polished radiator shell in pure nickel silver and a fuel tank made of steel and copper.
On the other hand, the leaf springs (layered leaf springs) and shackles (metal fittings that act as links) that serve as suspensions are handled by Jones Springs, which operated as a blacksmith about 75 years ago. It was manufactured with the original specifications. And the distinctive headlamps that can be said to be the individuality of the blower are newly made by Vintage Headlamp Restoration International in Sheffield with silver work on the original specifications.
From the perfect mesh of the grille to the engine that shines with fresh metal, the thick leather seats stuffed with 10 kg of natural horsehair, and the lively meters of the dash panel, the artistic presence of the car at the time. It gives off a feeling.
The 4398cc 4-cylinder engine has four valves per cylinder and is equipped with an aluminum crankcase, cast iron cylinder liner and cast iron cylinder head. The supercharger uses an elaborate replica of the Amhurst Villiers roots Mk IV, which produces 240bhp at 4200rpm.
All of the 12 blowers to be produced have been sold, but the prototype Car Zero will be subject to a variety of testing and endurance programs, including the fastest challenges. The 8,000km truck will be tested for durability equivalent to about 35,000km and will simulate well-known classic car rallies such as the Beijing-Paris Motor Challenge and the Mille Miglia. In particular, a brave driver is required for the fastest challenge, but Bentley says that Hallmark is already at the top of the line