Bentley γιορτάζει σήμερα τα 10τα γενέθλια από τη νίκη που είχε πάρει το 2003 στον 24-ωρο αγώνα του Le Mans με το Bentley Speed 8. Έτσι για να μας το θυμίσει ετοίμασε ένα video ενώ το έδωσε και στον Steve Sutcliffe του Βρετανικού Autocar να το οδηγήσει.

Μηχανικά το αγωνιστικό φορά ένα twin-turbo 4.0-λίτρων V8 απόδοσης 615 ίππων, έχοντας τελική ταχύτητα 349 χλμ/ώρα.

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BENTLEY CELEBRATES TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF LE MANS VICTORY 

  • A decade since famous British 1-2 victory
  • Bentley commemorates sixth Le Mans triumph

Tomorrow marks ten years to the day since Bentley’s famous victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. At 16:00 on 15th June 2003, the Number 7 Bentley Speed 8 driven by Guy Smith, Tom Kristensen and Dindo Capello crossed the finish line in first place, closely followed by the Number 8 Bentley of Mark Blundell, David Brabham and Johnny Herbert. The victory was Bentley’s sixth at Le Mans and marked the company’s return to the pinnacle of endurance motorsport after 73 years. The success remains as the most recent outright British win at Le Mans. Completing 3,196 miles (5,146 km) over the course of the event, the two cars recorded an average speed of 133 mph (214 km/h).

The legendary victory followed three years of hard work by a dedicated team of British engineers, led by Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush. Brian comments: “Our domination of the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans was the result that we’d all dared to hope for. Achieving a 1-2 was not easy, but the result is still testament to the skill of the team involved. Spectators love seeing these iconic racers, so we still run both cars to this day – and every time we do, the incredible emotions involved on that Sunday return.”

Bentley celebrates the victory with a number of events over the summer, starting with the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power this weekend (14th-16th June) and the Goodwood Festival of Speed (12th-14th July).