Bentley to build a new LMP1 car

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 28, 2011

It seems that Bentley has big plans and besides the new variants of Continental and Mulsanne models it could also built an LMP1 car, which will take on other manufacturers from the Volkswagen Group such as Audi and Porsche. In a recent interview with Autocar magazine, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said that an LMP1 car would be a good way to go, but not the only possible way.

Furthermore, Durheimer also said that Bentley could compete in selected world championship events in the United States (where it sells most of its cars) or Asia, where the demand for the luxury British vehicles is quite impressive.

Durheimer also said that Audi, Bentley and Porsche could race in different regions of the world, but they could come together five or six times a year for the sportscar championship and once per year in France, at the Le Mans 24 Hour race.

Still, Durheimer underlined the fact that nothing is decided, but it is possible. What is more interesting is that Bentley is planning to set the headquarters of the race team near firm’s Crewe factory, because in this way it will motivate the people working at the factory.

“I am also keen that people from the road car side sample the racing side – I saw at Porsche that one or two years with the race team can really change how people work. In racing you need discipline and focus, and when people come back to road cars from that environment it really helps them.” said Durheimer.

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