Bentley Team Director John Wickham commented: ‘The new car clearly has great potential, the drivers are very happy with the progress we are making, particularly its aerodynamic balance. As with all Bentleys we have run in the last two seasons, reliability appears to have been ‘designed in’. It’s early days but so far we have had no reliability issues with the car whatsoever.’
Andy Pope, speaking for Michelin, said: ‘The first few weeks of our association with Bentley have been extremely encouraging. We have not recently made tyres in the sizes dictated by the LM GTP class, but we appear to have found our feet very quickly and are able to supply Team Bentley with tyres that are quick, consistent and durable.’
|2003 Speed 8||1923 3-Litre|
|Chassis||Carbon-fibre monocoque||Pressed steel, ladder frame|
|Body||Stressed carbon-fibre by Race Technology Norfolk||Aluminium and canvas by Vanden Plas|
|Engine||90 degree V8, four valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts, twin turbochargers||In line, 4 cylinders, four valves per cylinder, single overhead camshaft, normally aspirated|
|Ignition||Bosch 2.8 engine management||Twin ML magnetos|
|Fuel delivery||Bosch 2.8 engine management||Zenith RA carburettors|
|Lubrication||Dry sump||Wet sump|
|Power output||In excess of 600bhp||86bhp|
|Gearbox||Bentley casing with Xtrac 6-speed sequential internals, Megaline pneumatic actuation||Bentley ‘A’-type 4-speed, non-syncromesh|
|Clutch||AP Racing multi-plate||Cone-type|
|Suspension||Double unequal length wishbones all round, torsion bar springs (front and rear), telescopic dampers||Beam axle front, semi-floating live rear axle, semi-elliptic springs all round, Hartford lever arm dampers|
|Steering||Kayaba EPS Power assisted rack and pinion||Unassisted worm and wheel|
|Brakes||Front: 14.8in ventilated discs, six piston AP Racing callipers. Rear: 14.0in ventilated discs, six piston AP Racing callipers||Front: none Rear: 15.7in cast iron drums, Halo linings|
|Wheels||OZ forged magnesium 18in||Rudge-Whitworth wire, 21in|
|Tyres||Michelin slicks and wets||Dunlop treaded|
|Weight||900kg||990kg (without body)|
|Top speed||In excess of 215mph||95mph|
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