[YesAuto Race] British luxury car brand Bentley recently revealed that it will use the Continental GT as a prototype to build a car to participate in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours.
Before competing in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours, Bentley will take part in the GT races in the UK and some GT3-level races to test the true competitiveness of the car.
Although Bentley gives a traditional impression of luxury, nobility and elegance, the blood of passion flows in the bones. As far as the 24 Hours of Le Mans is concerned, Bentley is no stranger. Participated in the first competition as early as 1923, and achieved a good 4th record. In the following period of time, Bentley invested heavily in motor sports, and the return was of course immediate. Bentley won the 24 Hours of Le Mans six times in 1924, 1927-1930 and 2003.
In 1929, Bentley took the top four in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The participating model Blower was famous for a while. In addition, it was one of the British royal cars. Bentley is often referred to as the “Royal Athlete” in the stadium.
For various reasons, Bentley did not appear in the Le Mans endurance race for a long time. It was not until the high-profile return of Speed 8 in 2001 that he finished third in the first game. 2003 became a crucial year when Bentley changed its tire supplier, and Michelin's actual results were obviously better than Dunlop. Sure enough, the two Speed 8 won the championship and runner-up of the year. Bentley once again won the highest honor of the 24 Hours of Le Mans after 73 years.
The Bentley Speed 8 is equipped with an Audi 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbocharged engine, equipped with a Bentley Xtra 6-speed sequential gearbox, the cockpit uses a honeycomb monocoque structure, and the vehicle is made of a mixture of carbon fiber and aluminum. Dunlop tires were used from 2001 to 2002, and Michelin tires were used in 2003.
Monocoque (monocoque) refers to a structure of the driver's cabin. It is made of high-temperature baking carbon fiber shell. The strength of this material is twice that of steel, but the mass is much lighter than that of metal. It is self-evident that lightweight means for racing. In addition, in an accident, a single The protective effect of the shell on the driver is even more obvious.
In 2007, Kubica, who represented BMW in F1 Canada, suffered a vicious accident. The car that was hit hard was fragmented. The whole car was only left with a monocoque cockpit and a rear wheel. But Kubica just injured his ankle and was separated by one stop. Return to the arena. It can be seen how strong the monocoque cockpit is and how important it is to protect the rider.
Editor's note: In order to prevent the return of 2014 from becoming a formality, Bentley has hired Graham Humphries as a team consultant this time. The 61-year-old Englishman has extensive experience in endurance racing. He once helped BMW win the 1999 Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. It can be seen that Bentley's return is to compete for the championship, but whether it can reproduce the “royal athlete” of the year. Brilliant, let us wait and see.