Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne pen gets the ‘Most Exciting Motorsport Pen’ award

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 21, 2011

Bentley’s pen partner Tibaldi has won the Most Exciting Motorsport Pen at Pen World’s 17th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne pen was chosen by readers because it was inspired by the roaring engines associated with the historic straight and corner at the Le Mans circuit. The Readers’ Choice awards were presented in New York City. A complete list of the awards was published in Pen World.

The Bentley Mulsanne exemplifies the challenges that shaped the brand’s reputation. The flagship model reflects the masterpiece 1930 8-litre vehicle owned by W.O. Bentley himself.

The 8-litre defines the heart and soul of the Mulsanne, which was engineered, designed and built completely in the company’s headquarters in Crewe. The Mulsanne, which is a true grand tourer just like its ancestor, is the pinnacle of Bentley motoring.

As interpreted by Tibaldi, the Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne pens combines two traditions, two aesthetics. The pens were fashioned by the Italian maker for the leading maker of premier vehicles in the world.

As established family of writing instruments for connoisseurs, these pens employ the patented technologies and proportions of Tibaldi, with the details and forms prescribed by the vehicles they honor. Tibaldi CEO Giuseppe Aquila shared that the greatest challenge when developing the “extraordinary” pens has been producing the wood components that were given designs that match the new car’s interior.

The new Bentley Mulsanne is a visual tribute to earlier Bentley classics while also having a design that puts it at par with the best designed British luxury cars.

The latest Bentley Mulsanne was engineered and designed at its Crewe facilities. The design reinforces the brand’s push to have a new flagship car that features better performance and top-of the line luxury using the best craftsmanship.

And if you are wondering why Bentley has once again used the Mulsanne name, it is because this new car has a lot of similar characteristics seen in the brand’s models, and would be able to continue its history and reputation as being sporty, powerful and fast. The Mulsanne name comes from the Le Mans 24 Hours race, which the British carmaker has won six times in the past.

The Mulsanne mirrors the Bentley design

The new Bentley Mulsanne sports a design that may be described as athletic, solid and elegant. It is a throwback to the Bentley S-Type, which came out in the 1950s, in terms of appearances. It features the same bold design at the front where you could find the signature Bentley grille and the prominent and familiar round inner headlights framed by chrome. The headlights are flanked by a pair of smaller lamp clusters. All of the lighting in the new Bentley Mulsanne features the latest lighting technologies. And to top it all off, you can opt to have the flying B radiator mascot installed, as well.

The long bonnet features a short overhang while the rear end has a long overhang, giving the car a sense of movement and power. That image is reinforced by sharp lines and athletic haunches that flow from the front wings to the back portion of the car. It also comes with standard 20-inch wheels that give it a more powerful stance. You can trade these in for slightly bigger 21-inch wheels.

Bentley’s design director, Dirk van Braeckel, says that the design team for the Mulsanne wanted to use sculpted lines that bring together the classic Bentley look with modern lines that give it a future-proof look for the 21st century. Van Braeckel also says that the opportunity to design the look of a new flagship Bentley is an honor that only a select few designers can have.

The Bentley’s body is manufactured inside a new facility within the carmaker’s British headquarters. It makes use of traditional metalworking and craftsmanship that was developed over the past 60 years. The body is built over nine weeks, and certainly does not conform to the high-volume manufacturing schedule that other carmakers are known for. And this is the mark of Bentley.

The rear screen is embedded in the coachwork, giving the rear a flawless and seamless line, complementing the D-pillars nicely. Spot welds are performed manually while the panel joints are brazed by hand. Overall, these handcrafted elements give the Bentley that 'hewn from solid' look and the more solid appearance.

The aluminium front wings have a complex form factor, something that is not possible when you use normal pressing techniques. Instead, Bentley designers resorted to superforming, an aerospace technology to help get the shape that they want. The process also leaves the wings lighter and stronger while also giving it smooth surfaces. Bentley also made use of other light materials to make it lighter without sacrificing quality.

The designers also made use of new construction techniques in order to include details such as the elliptical LED tail lamps that look like they are floating and also mimic the shape of the tailpipers.

The new Mulsanne also uses brightware for its stainless elements, such as the matrix grille and the sill treadplates. The high polish makes the Mulsanne’s bodywork even more beautiful. The British carmaker is the first to use brightware in the world. Additionally, the door handles, also made of stainless steel, has that signature Bentley knurling for a steadier grip. You can just imagine the attention to details that goes into the design of the Mulsanne!

Other elements such as the wide diameter of the tailpipe finisher and the front wing vents help make the Bentley Mulsanne look more athletic. Plus they help the carmaker to offer a wide range of choices for customizing their cars. You can choose from 114 paint colors or you can opt for satin or pearl finishes. Then you can also select to have duo-tone combinations for that elegant and personalized feel.

Press Release

The Tibaldi For Bentley Pen Awarded

Bentley has announced that pen partner Tibaldi has been won the Most Exciting Motorsport Pen at Pen World's 17th Annual Readers' Choice Awards. Readers chose the Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne pen due to its inspiration from the roaring engines associated with the straight and corner at the Le Mans circuit. The Readers' Choice awards were presented in New York City.

The pens fashioned by the Italian maker for Bentley employ the proportions and patented technologies of Tibaldi, with the forms and details prescribed by the cars they honour.

Giuseppe Aquila, Tibaldi CEO, says: "The greatest challenge when developing these extraordinary pens has been the production of the wood components, which were designed to match the interior of this outstanding new car."

Inspired by the Bentley Mulsanne, Tibaldi fashioned a series of writing instruments which communicate the feel of the car in a functional hand-held sculpture. Features include knurled bands for the finger grip, matched on the pocket clip and echoing the design of Bentley switchgear. The pen is topped with a Bentley emblem which recalls the vehicle's starter button. The ratio between the pen's cap and the visible portion of the barrel when the pen is closed equals the ratio of 1.618.

Sterling silver and 18k rose gold versions are both available, with a limited number of 90 fountain pens and 90 roller balls per finish in sterling silver and 9 fountain pens and 9 roller balls per finish in the solid 18k rose gold.

There are three finishes with caps and barrels accented in one of the three woods as found in the Bentley Mulsanne: Dark Stained Vavona, Burr Oak and Burr Walnut.

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