Here’s an interesting fact you may not know about Bentley’s Speed Six Continuation Series- every single car in this collection of vintage automobiles is 92 years old or older. A bit surprising, right? Well, what’s even more surprising is that this priceless collection of extremely rare automobiles has been recreated as a continuation series run by a group of skilled craftsmen, in the UK, at Bentley Motors Limited.
The Speed Six: An Important Race Car in Bentley’s History
The Speed Six was a vital race car in Bentley’s history. With it, the brand proved it could compete and showcased a new type of design: the Grand Tourer. Before, if you wanted speed, you had to sacrifice comfort, and vice versa. The Speed Six won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1929 and 1930 and set several speed records. Now, 92 years later, Bentley is creating a new series of continuation cars. These cars will be identical to the original Speed Sixes, right down to the hand-crafted aluminum bodywork. The same 6.5-liter I-6 engines will power them to make roughly 200 hp. They’re mated to a four-speed manual gearbox, and the cars have a top speed of around 125 mph.
Contemporary Tools Used in the Recreation
When Bentley set out to create a continuation series of their iconic Speed Six cars, they knew they had to use modern tools and techniques to create a product that would meet the high standards of today’s luxury car market. With that in mind, they employed state-of-the-art laser scanning technology to capture every intricate detail of the original cars. They then used 3D printing to create prototypes of the new cars, which were put through rigorous testing before being given the green light for production. The result is a stunning recreation of a classic car that’s sure to turn heads wherever it goes.
Lando Norris Makes British Formula 1 History in Return of the Motorsport
Lando Norris made his country proud when he broke a record on Formula 1’s return to the track in July. The British driver made an impressive run for the podium, and in doing so, managed to break a record held by the legendary Lewis Hamilton.
Kicking Things Off in Style
Formula 1 kicked off its 2020 season with a bang thanks to an exciting race in Austria. We are just one race in, and there is already a new British record as Lando Norris became the youngest Brit to secure a podium finish at 24 years old. He beat Lewis Hamilton’s record, setting up what appears to be an exciting future for the young driver.
Fighting for the Podium
Things weren’t easy for Norris to make it onto the podium, and he had to drive his car to its limits. Norris entered the hunt for a podium place late in the race when it was clear that Hamilton was getting a five-second penalty. The penalty would be awarded at the end of the race, so the chasing pack knew they needed to be within five seconds to leapfrog Hamilton. That’s when Norris put the pedal to the metal, earning the fastest lap of the race and securing his podium spot by just 0.2 seconds.
Norris acknowledged a podium place was better than McLaren had expected. McLaren has been a struggling team for many years, but the team knew it had a fast car for the beginning of the 2020 F1 season. Norris said it was an unexpected bonus to finish on the podium, but he’d gladly take it.
This is just the beginning for Norris and McLaren as the driver and team look to make an impact at the championship end of the standings. McLaren might have been down and out for years, but it seems like the iconic racing team has found its groove once more.