For their 2003 ambush on Le Mans, the majority of the Volkswagen-Audi Group’s endeavors were centered around the Bentleys which profited from the same ability that acquired Audi to triumph years past. This incorporated the exceptionally competent Team Joest and star Audi drivers, for example, Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen.
The outcome was a resonating 1-2 at Le Mans with the triumphant #7 auto driven by Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Guy Smith. Simply behind them was the #8 Bentley of Mark Blundell, David Brabham and Johnny Herbert. Subsequent to winning Le Mans the Bentley project was stopped.
Despite the fact that the past two eras of Speed 8 performed terrifically well, returning Bentley to the Le Mans platform in 2003, it was felt that for the last year of the three-year program, a new approach was required.Clearly the auto still elements encased bodywork meaning it stays in its very own class and the motor holds its essential design, 4-liter limit, direct fuel infusion and twin turbochargers. In all other noteworthy regards it is another configuration starting from the earliest stage.
The idea behind the configuration was to guarantee much better misuse of the wind stream over the body and especially to the back wing. To accomplish this, the outer cockpit territory has been quite decreased – however the auto is entirely roomy inside – making a littler opening noticeable all around and permitting the auto to utilize a much littler, more streamlined motor spread.
Furthermore, the air-allow that had sat on top of the auto in past era Speed 8s has been erased for ‘snorkel’- sort admissions on the sides of the auto. This not just further builds the effectiveness of the wind current over the auto, it likewise brings down the tallness of the auto, loaning it an a great deal more smooth, forceful appearance. Early testing results have shown that not just does the 2003 Speed 8 have a more ideal downforce to drag proportion than its ancestor, it likewise offers a great deal more predictable streamlined execution in all conditions making the auto both snappier and less demanding to drive.
Underneath the new skin the 4-liter motor has been re-designed around the new controls for 2003 that directed a ten for each penny diminishment in motor restrictor size over all classes contending at Le Mans. It has been important to overhaul numerous inward motor segments too develop another hardware methodology for the motor to minimize the deficiency in force that the new directions will convey to all contending groups.
The suspension has been altogether upgraded too, somewhat to enhance encourage its conduct, additionally so it can be adjusted to suit its new Michelin tires. All the geometry has been changed even the mounting purposes of the back suspension on the gearbox.
Only this has required another gearbox packaging for the Speed 8. As in past eras of Speed 8, the internals are supplied by Xtrac and keep on operating with their standard unwavering quality.
The testing program has continued apace. The harvest time was spent doing broad tire testing, benchmarking the new Michelin tires and deciding how best to misuse their execution. These tests were led with a 2002-determination EXP Speed 8. Right on time in the New Year, the first of the 2003 Speed 8s was shaken down effectively at Snetterton before taking off to the circuits of Europe for a broad test program preceding Sebring.
Bentley Speed 8 2003 Design Interior Exterior