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Offline mondi

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I posted a photo of this in the cool other car thread without knowing much about it, so did some looking.

It's from 1999 - wow.

The Hunaudieres was Bentley's first go at a modern sports car.

The Bentley Hunaudieres prototype was launched at the 1999 Geneva motorshow. The Hunaudieres, which was based on a modified Lamborghini Diablo VT chassis was powered by a W16 Volkswagen engine making 620 bhp driving all four wheels.

The Hunaudieres concept was intended to test the water to see how close to an all out sports car Bentley could feasibly create, without compromising the brand's identity.
The awkward 'Hunaudieres' name pays homage to the famous straight on the Le Mans Circuit. It was here that the legend of Bentley was born with five wins at the track in the 1920's. Sir Tim Birkin in his 4.5 litre 'Blower' Bentley, undertook a risky overtaking of Rudolf Carraciola's Mercedes SSK at 125mph with one wheel on the grass down the Hunaudières straight.

Bentley Motor Cars revealed a dramatic concept car the Hunaudieres at 1999 Geneva Motor Show, one year after Volkswagen became the owner of Bentley company. This supercar project provides the debut of a new 16 cylinder engine developed to a specific brief to provide a technologically advanced power plant with unique Bentley characteristics.

It is powered by a W-16 engine, developed by VW, who actually combined two V-8 engines together at an angle of 72 degrees, a displacement of 8 litres and a total of 64 valves produced 623 Bhp at 6000 Rpm on all four-wheels. Each V-8 engine held two banks of 4 cylinders at 15 degrees, this way the massive engine was still quite compact considering the power output and a torque of 561 Lbs.Ft at only 4000 Rpm.

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Love the side badge styling.  Very unique.

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