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Thursday, December 30, 2021

If not under the Volkswagen Group banner, the Hunaudières might have made in production version

~One-Off~ Bentley is one of the British automotive manufacturers based in Crewe and is famous for its distinctive luxury cars with an exclusive impression, while the car that we will discuss was produced by the British marque has a more sporty impression and is the beginning of the sporty car designs that came after.
The Bentley Hunaudières' name pays homage to the famous straight of Circuit de la Sarthe where Sir Tim Birkin in a "Blower Bentley" overtook Rudolf Caracciola in a Mercedes-Benz SSK at 125 mph (201 km/h) with one wheel on the grass down the Hunaudières straight. (Picture from: Intersport.id)
Most people probably have never heard of and know the Bentley model called the Bentley Hunaudières Concept, because the mentioned model was never released into production version. What makes this car very special is its bold design.
The Bentley Hunaudières is a concept car built by Bentley for the 1999 Geneva Salon International de l'Auto. (Picture from: Pedal2TheMetal)
The name of Hunaudières itself comes from the name of famous straight of the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans France, where the legendary Bentley racing driver of the 1920s, Sir Tim Birkin behind the wheel of the Bentley Blower raced at 201 kph with one wheel on the grass while overtaking Rudolf Carraciola who drove a Mercedes-Benz SSK at the 24 Heures du Mans (24 Hours of Le Mans).
1929 Bentley Blower racing car driven by Sir Tim Birkin and raced at the 24 Heures du Mans (24 Hours of Le Mans). (Picture from: Intersport.id)
Indeed, Bentley Hunaudières is the company special program to change its image, that those British auto marque can also built modern supercars, without changing its identity as a legendary aristocratic brand. The Bentley Hunaudières is a concept car made by the Crewe-based automaker in 1999, and exhibited at the Geneva Salon International de l'Auto (Geneva International Auto Show) in the same year.
The Bentley Hunaudières Concept is actually the work of Ferdinand Piëch, who is none other than the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of the Porsche brand. (Picture from: Pedal2TheMetal)
This concept car is actually the work of Ferdinand Piëch, who is none other than the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of the Porsche brand. The Bentley Hunaudières was built using a modified Lamborghini Diablo VT chassis to be able to carry the Volkswagen's W16 engine coupled with 4-wheel drive technology.
The Bentley Hunaudières features luxurious interior with a cabin swathed in Nubuck and Connolly leather. (Picture from: AllCarIndex)
This Volkswagen W16 engine has a capacity of 8,000 cc, naturally-aspirated which is capable of producing 623 hp at 6,000 rpm and 760 nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Those numbers are more than enough to make the Hunaudières able to reach a top speed of 350 kph.
The Bentley Hunaudières Concept is powered by a Volkswagen W16 engine has a capacity of 8,000 cc, naturally-aspirated which is capable of producing 623 hp at 6,000 rpm and 760 nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. (Picture from: Otosia)
Unfortunately, the Bentley Hunaudières never continued even though many were enthusiastic and waiting for the production version.😢 Instead, the car was reborn in 2005 under the name of Bugatti Veyron with increased power up to 1,000 hp. How come? As the saying goes, nothing is impossible in this world. Especially if you see that currently the Bentley and Bugatti brands are under the banner of the Volkswagen Group, so something like that is likely could be happened.
To become a Veyron, in addition to changing its bodyworks, the 5-speed manual transmission of Bentley Hunaudières was also replaced by a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission unit, so that which was originally estimated to be able to penetrate the speed of 350 kph, but the Veyron overtouched those speed figures, as the result the speedometer needle stable in the numbers of 430 kph. Wow!

For your info, the Bentley Hunaudières is a secret car from the TOCA World Touring Cars game for Sony PlayStation and Game Boy Advance consoles, and the only racing game that has Hunaudières. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ULTIMATECARPAGE ]
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