Luxury car makers Bentley are celebrating their centenary by launching a new car. This model aims to push boundaries.
Words by Sophia Charalambous
The Bentley EXP 100 GT both nods to nostalgia and paints a picture of sustainable future luxury.
Made with sustainable materials, it includes emotionally intelligent Artificial Intelligence, known as the Bentley Personal Assistant.
The new model from the classic car brand is a zero emissions power train and has a range of up to 700km.
Made of lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre, it measures 5.8 metres long and is almost 2.4 metres wide.
Materials include 5,000-year-old copper infused riverwood and compass exterior paint made from recycled rice husks.
The car also features 100% organic leather-like textile from wine making.
Plus there are British-farmed wool carpets and embroidered cotton interior surfaces.
Reducing the carbon footprint
Stefan Sielaff, the director of design, says: “Sustainability and taking note of a neutral carbon footprint are both going to play a big role in future customer behaviour and demands.”
He added: “The way we used the riverwood and sealed it with copper is a wonderful detail, which generates a new creative look and feel and is very inspiring and surprising.
“I love the matrix grille at the front of our Bentleys. It contains our attitude of drive and be driven.”
Bentleys – the first James Bond cars
Bentley is written into the pages of history in such a variety of ways.
The very first James Bond cars, from the Ian Fleming-penned novels, were Bentleys – a Bentley 4.5-litre Blower and a Mark VI.
Jack Barclay Bentley, the UK’s largest and oldest Bentley dealer takes its name as the man was one of the original Bentley Boys who drove a Bentley 4.5-litre to victory in the 1929 Brooklands 500.
Born from Bentley DNA, there is no doubt the Bentley EXP 100 GT will be driven into the history books.
100 years of Bentley
The company has a fascinating history.
Before the First World War, Walter Owen Bentley and his brother Horace Millner Bentley sold French DFP cars in Cricklewood.
But Walter’s dream was to make his own motor vehicles.
So, when in 1913 he spied an aluminium paperweight in the factory, he thought it would make a good replacement for cast iron
pistons. He knew he had to test his theory.
After six years, Walter, known as W.O., registered Bentley Motors Ltd, designing noted models including the sports racing Bentley 4.5L and Bentley Speed Six. There was also the Bentley R Type, Bentley Turbo R, and Bentley Arnage.
Fast-forward 100 years and the luxury motoring company now employs 4,000 people. It is constantly on the search for pursuing greater heights in motor engineering.
CEO Adrian Hallmark said: “Bentley has, and will continue to, enhance and enrich every single journey and the lives of every single person who travels in, or has the honour to be a part of creating, our extraordinary products.”