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Bentley EXP Speed 8 Le Mans prototype
2003



Number manufactured

4

First and last chassis number

First chassis number: nb (2003).
Last chassis number: nb (2003).

Dimensions, kerb weight, performance

Length, width, height

463, 199, 99 cm

Kerb weight

899,9 kg

Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h

2.3 seconds

Top speed

215 mph, 346 km/h

Characteristics and peculiarities

Backgrounds of this model
- Bentley went into racing again when it was not under Rolls-Royce anymore. Rolls-Royce was convinced that racing had ruined Bentley in the WO era (1930s). Bentley's profile was to return to racing, and specifically to Le Mans.
- Two cars were entered at the Le Mans race of 2003. Car no 7 retired after 5 hours when water got into the gearshift electronics. Car no 8 finished in third place headed only by the Audi R8s.

General characteristics
- The Bentley EXP Speed 8 Le Mans has a 3600 cc V8 Audi-engine with twin turbo and six sequential gears specially developed by Xtrax. 600 bhp at 7000 rpm and 650 Nm at 7000 rpm.
- The tyres are 295/65-18 inch (front) and 31/71-18 inch (rear).
- Carbon fibre tub.


"The new Bentley boys" from left to right: Andy Wallace, James Weaver, Butch Leitzinger, Guy Smith, Martin Brundle, Stéphane Ortelli.


















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