Bentley celebrates its 100th year anniversary by honouring its legendary Blower
The late Sir Tim Birkin a driver and engineer for Bentley‘s racing division in 1920-1930s had an idea to supercharge Bentley’s 4.5-litre engine at the time. He told his boss W.O Bentley about this idea and he didn’t like the idea at first as he believed this would taint their beautifully crafted 4.5liter engine and ruin its performance. W.O Bentley was overruled by Bentley chairman Woolf Barnato and in 1929 Tim Burkin commissioned the production of the supercharged Bentley Blower. Supercharging the Blower increased its Power from 110bp to 175bp. Tim Burkin raced the Blower at the 1930 Le Mans Race. The supercharged captured fans hearts at the Le Mans as Burkin set a new lap time record. It had its moment of honour when it finished 2nd place at The French Grand Prix.
To celebrate its 100th year Bentley Motors honours its legendary Bentley Blower by releasing a Blower inspired Bentley Continental GT named the number 9 edition by Mulliner. In the exterior The beautifully crafted Bentley GT number 9 edition has a green coloured exterior paint which Mulliner calls Viridian and resembles that of the Burkin’s No.9 Blower Burkin. You can also get the Bentley Continental GT in black with complementing 21inch painted alloys wheels which match the cars paint as well as an 18-carat gold plated No.9 badge.
In the interior, The number 9 edition by Mulliner makes use of special green leather upholstery with gold stitching and has gold trims on the steering wheel.
This Bentley Continental GT No.9 is powered by 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged w12 engine which produces 467kW of power, 900Nm of torque and is coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This massive 6.0-litre engine propels the Bentley from 0-100km/h in just 3.6 seconds.
The Bentley Continental GT number 9 by Mulliner embodies Bentley’s rich racing heritage, pays tribute to a legend in a form of a beautifully crafted, stylish and luxurious car. Only 100 of these will be made and each car has a fragment of wood from the No.9 blower’s seat displayed in the Bentley’s Rotating display.Pricing is yet to be confirmed