Bentley celebrates 70 years of design department – as it prepares to move to new location to make luxury electric limousines
From pen-and-ink sketches and watercolors to the latest immersive virtual reality technology, Bentley is celebrating 70 years of its design department – as it prepares to move to a new location to make luxury electric limousines.
The first Bentley designed by Crewe was the R-Type Continental in 1951. The company’s design department has grown tenfold to 50 in less than three decades.
Innovation: From pen-and-ink sketches and watercolors to the latest immersive virtual reality technology, Bentley celebrates 70 years of design department
Andreas Mindt, Bentley’s design director, said: “This is where iconic Bentleys were made — beautiful cars that have stood the test of time and continue to inspire our styling cues to this day.
“Our team of designers is now working on their next opportunity: creating our first battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV), which should translate and transform these classic shapes and details into a truly forward-looking design.”
Classic cars must embrace the challenge of the ‘green’ agenda
Classic and historic vehicles can still be “green” and must meet the challenge of the environmental agenda, says the new head of the campaign group recently created to promote their future.
Garry Wilson, who becomes the first chief executive of the Historic and ClassicVehicles Alliance, said: “I think we need to embrace the environmental challenge and work with lawmakers to find solutions while clearly demonstrating the environmental qualities of the classic movement. ‘
Saving the planet: classic and historic vehicles can still be ‘green’ and must meet the challenge of the environmental agenda
The classical and heritage sector contributes an estimated £18.3 billion to the economy and £3 billion in tax to the Treasury.
Garry started out as a Rover apprentice in the 1980s and worked his way up. Most recently, he helped establish the Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialization Center and the Advanced Propulsion Centre, based at Warwick University, to promote green projects in the UK.
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