Bentley EXP Speed 8

About this car

In 2001 Bentley returned to the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race, after a gap of 68 years, for a planned three-year campaign with the EXP Speed 8 in the closed-cockpit LMGTP class. During its run, the Bentleys were the only cars to run in the LMGTP class. Two cars were entered, with one earning third place behind a pair of Audi R8s. The other car unfortunately retired after a strong run in the rain due to a fire which caused the driver to abandon the car. Bentley returned in 2002, using their new larger engine, now running a lone entry as a testbed for the evolved Speed 8 in 2003. The car managed fourth place, once again behind only R8s.

Infosheet

Year of Manufacturing
2002
 
Drive
LHD
 
Mechanics
Audi R8
 
Gearbox
MANUAL
 
Car Type
tribute
 
Fuel Type
PETROL
 
Horsepower
600 BHP
 
Price
€150.000
 

The Mechanics

The engine from the Audi R8, a 3.6 litre V8 with (Honeywell Turbo Technologies) turbocharger,[1] was used as the initial powerplant in 2001. The six-speed gearbox was also not the typical Ricardo unit from the R8, but instead a custom unit developed by Xtrac.

Collector’s item

We are very proud to offer one of the unique 1 to 1 recreations of this iconic racecar respecting all authentic specifications from chassis, gearbox and engine.

This Track-only race machine was built in 2002 and drove some races on the track with its Belgian owner.

No one will deny this is a collector’s item.

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