Bentley Hunaudières

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The Bentley Hunaudières is a concept car built by Bentley for the 1999 Geneva Salon International de l'Auto. It is powered by a Volkswagen 8.0-litre, naturally aspirated, W16 engine that generates 623 brake horsepower (465 kW; 632 PS) of power at 6,000 revolutions per minute and 760 newton metres (560 lb·ft) of torque at 4,000 revolutions per minute in conjunction with a five-speed manual transmission.[1] It is capable of a 350 kilometres per hour (220 mph) top speed.[1]

Name[edit]

The Hunaudières' name pays homage to the famous straight of Circuit de la Sarthe where Sir Tim Birkin in a "Blower Bentley" overtook Rudolf Carraciola in a Mercedes-Benz SSK at 125 miles per hour (201 km/h) with one wheel on the grass down the Hunaudières straight.[2]

Production[edit]

The concept, along with the similar Audi Rosemeyer, lead to the production of the Bugatti Veyron by parent Volkswagen.

Video game[edit]

The Bentley Hunaudieres was featured in 2000 video game TOCA World Touring Cars as an unlockable car.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1999 Bentley Hunaudieres". Ultimatecarpage.com. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Bentley Hunaudieres". Diseno-art.com. Retrieved 2008-05-07.