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Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Hunaudiéres Disguise.

In 1999 There was a concept Bentley Supercar. More than 'just' a Supersports'... 
I have just come upon some real life (not internet) literature on it...
I will scan what I have - sometime.
Here it is from 'Google':
These are all from the internet....
The Hunaudiéres...
Named after a  straight on the Mulsanne racetrack, I do believe.
It looks somewhat familiar.

The Bentley Hunaudiéres is a concept car built by Bentley for the 1999 Geneva Salon International de l'Auto. It is powered by a Volkswagen 8.0-litre, naturally aspirated W16 engine that generates 623 brake horsepower (465 kW; 632 PS) of power at 6,000 revolutions per minute and 760 nm (560 ft lb) of torque at 4,000 rpm in conjunction with a five-speed manual transmission. It is capable of a 350 kilometres per hour (220 mph) top speed.

Sound familiar..?
It seems to have evolved into the (then) new Veyron (in drag).
Good disguise.
Here's a quote I found:
"Look too quickly and you'd swear that these two exotics are the same car. Anything longer than a glance and you start to notice the differences. Even then, the silhouette of the Bugatti and the Bentley are quite similar. Both brands are under Volkswagen's corporate umbrella, and both cars were touched by the design fingerprint of Hartmut Warkuss. The shape of these two cars seemingly represents what VW's design folks thought of as a supercar eight years ago. We think it still works pretty well."
Hey, what the heck. You have to fool the press when you are testing a production car.
Look at this month's shots of the new Continental Flying Spur disguised as a 'Benz....
Very clever, but this works just as well:
(Posted by David Irvine)


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