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Bentley Race Car - Reborn after 90 years

Bentley Race Car – Reborn after 90 years

Bentley’s Le Mans Racer since 1929 has become a classic car, among other things, due to its supercharged engine. Hence the name blower.

More than 90 years later, Bentley decided to build a very limited number of the car. This will be done in exactly the same way as in 1929, that is, by hand. To make the cars as original as possible, the original car was completely disassembled and all parts were 3D scanned.

MATCH: The 12 new cars being built will be exact identical to the original from 1929. The entire car is handcrafted and parts are produced with the same tools used in 1929. Photo: Bentley
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The first car has already been built. The manufacture and assembly of 2,000 parts in the car took 40,000 hours. The same tools used in 1929 were also used to build the car that Sir Henry Birkin used in motor racing in the late 1920s.

Now 12 more copies will be created which will go to customers. Despite the price tag of around NOK 18 million, there is no sign of interest. 12 cars have already been sold.

40,000 hours: The original car was disassembled and all parts were 3D scanned so that new parts could be made to match.  The construction of this first car took 40 thousand hours.  Photo: Bentley

40,000 hours: The original car was disassembled and all parts were 3D scanned so that new parts could be made to match. The construction of this first car took 40 thousand hours. Photo: Bentley
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If anyone is wondering if these are just fancy stuff or if they can drive in the real world, Bentley states that this first car will now run 35,000km of road testing and 8,000km on the track, before building customer cars begins. .

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