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Bentley heads towards an eco-friendly future with new Flying Spur Hybrid

Movie stars and moguls strolling through sunny Los Angeles this week may have spotted a new luxury Bentley Flying Spur in traditional British racing green.

It’s just one of many colors on display to shoppers on Rodeo Drive and in Santa Barbara as Bentley launches the new car in California.

Green is arguably the most important new color from the British luxury car maker, which builds the sporty limousines some 5,000 miles away in wintry Crewe.

The clue is in the color: a Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid in British racing green with a petrol-electric, plug-in hybrid powertrain

The clue is in the color: a Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid in British racing green with a petrol-electric, plug-in hybrid powertrain

And the Flying Spur Hybrid in question is also ‘green’ by design.

It’s a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid that marks an important first step in the automaker’s move toward electrification — and an all-electric lineup within the decade.

After celebrating record sales in 2021, Bentley is committed to 2022 with its green agenda, including the imminent announcement of a multi-million pound investment to support its ambitious zero-emissions plans at the Crewe plant, which already employs 4,000 people. has to accelerate.

Progress

Bentley Motors was founded in 1919 by English engineer Walter Owen ‘WO’ Bentley, whose motto was ‘To build a good car, a fast car, the best in class’.

The company built a strong racing pedigree, boosted by the ‘Bentley Boys’ of the 1920s led by Woolf Barnato, a three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

After a bidding war with rival BMW in 1998, the German Volkswagen Group struck a deal to acquire Bentley from then owners Vickers, taking full control from 2003 and keeping the Crewe factory.

The Flying Spur Hybrid is powered by a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine combined with an advanced electric motor for a total of 544 hp

The Flying Spur Hybrid is powered by a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine combined with an advanced electric motor for a total of 544 hp

The Flying Spur Hybrid is powered by a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine combined with an advanced electric motor for a total of 544 hp

The Flying Spur's electric motor is powered by a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in two and a half hours

The Flying Spur's electric motor is powered by a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in two and a half hours

The Flying Spur’s electric motor is powered by a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in two and a half hours

Now, as part of its ambitious ‘Beyond100’ strategy, Bentley aims to offer an electric hybrid option to its entire range by 2024, with the first all-electric car to be launched in 2025, exclusively plug-in hybrid or battery-electric. vehicles by 2026, and by 2030, when the government bans the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles, will use only fully electric battery vehicles.

Next in showrooms is the Flying Spur Hybrid, unveiled last summer at the eco-friendly Macallan Distillery in Speyside in the Highlands with which the company has partnered.

Brisk: the Flying Spur Hybrid goes from rest to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds (0-62 km/h 4.3 sec) to a top speed of 270 km/h

Brisk: the Flying Spur Hybrid goes from rest to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds (0-62 km/h 4.3 sec) to a top speed of 270 km/h

Brisk: the Flying Spur Hybrid goes from rest to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds (0-62 km/h 4.3 sec) to a top speed of 270 km/h

Costing around £170,000, the Flying Spur Hybrid is powered by a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine combined with an advanced electric motor to deliver a total of 544 horsepower.

This propels the car from rest to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 270 km/h. It has an electric range of 25 miles.

The electric motor is powered by a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in two and a half hours.

It is Bentley’s second hybrid, after the Bentayga Hybrid SUV, which exceeds power by 95 hp.

Sleek appearance: The luxurious interior of the car.  Bentley aims to offer an electric hybrid option to its entire range by 2024

Sleek appearance: The luxurious interior of the car.  Bentley aims to offer an electric hybrid option to its entire range by 2024

Sleek appearance: The luxurious interior of the car. Bentley aims to offer an electric hybrid option to its entire range by 2024

The Flying Spur Hybrid is Bentley's second hybrid, after the Bentayga SUV, which exceeds power by 95 hp

The Flying Spur Hybrid is Bentley's second hybrid, after the Bentayga SUV, which exceeds power by 95 hp

The Flying Spur Hybrid is Bentley’s second hybrid, after the Bentayga SUV, which exceeds power by 95 hp

Green references

A hint to Bentley’s electrified future was given during the company’s celebration of the company’s centenary in 2019 with the unveiling of the all-electric EXP 100 GT concept car, which used green materials, including a leather-like textile covering made from a by-product of winemaking.

Wider green moves are underway as Bentley continues to evolve from the world’s largest producer of 12-cylinder petrol engines to a company that will stop producing internal combustion engines within a decade.

Bentley’s Crewe factory has been certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust since 2018.

There is a water recycling system in the paint shop, local trees planted, 30,000 solar panels and only renewable electricity sources.

And business is flourishing. Earlier this month, Bentley announced record sales of 14,659 cars worldwide in 2021 – a 31 percent increase from the previous record year in 2020.

Bentley highlighted ‘unprecedented’ demand for its petrol-electric hybrid models – led by the Bentayga SUV priced from £157,800 and the new Flying Spur limousine from £164,000.

Six Monumental Bentleys

The original 3.0 liter Bentley: designed by founder Walter Owen 'WO' Bentley in 1919, the 3.0 liter sold from 1921-29 as a fast continental touring car and race car, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924 and 1927

The original 3.0 liter Bentley: designed by founder Walter Owen 'WO' Bentley in 1919, the 3.0 liter sold from 1921-29 as a fast continental touring car and race car, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924 and 1927

The original 3.0 liter Bentley: designed by founder Walter Owen ‘WO’ Bentley in 1919, the 3.0 liter sold from 1921-29 as a fast continental touring car and race car, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924 and 1927

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1642716278 488 Bentley heads towards an eco friendly future with new Flying Spur

‘Blower’ Bentley: The imposing 4.5 liter ‘Blower’ Bentley, with a supercharger developed by engineer Amherst Villiers, is the iconic pre-war ‘Bentley Boys’ racer and still on the road

Bentley R-Type: Only 208 built between 1952 and 1955, powered by a 4.5 liter 6-cylinder engine (later 4.9 liters).  Price from £6,928 (15 times average income)

Bentley R-Type: Only 208 built between 1952 and 1955, powered by a 4.5 liter 6-cylinder engine (later 4.9 liters).  Price from £6,928 (15 times average income)

Bentley R-Type: Only 208 built between 1952 and 1955, powered by a 4.5 liter 6-cylinder engine (later 4.9 liters). Price from £6,928 (15 times average income)

Continental GT: The 2003 GT has reinvented grand touring - and Bentley - and is still one of the biggest sellers, priced from £158,000

Continental GT: The 2003 GT has reinvented grand touring - and Bentley - and is still one of the biggest sellers, priced from £158,000

Continental GT: The 2003 GT has reinvented grand touring – and Bentley – and is still one of the biggest sellers, priced from £158,000

Bentley Bentayga: It broke the mold as the first Bentley SUV and later the first hybrid.  Now the company's biggest seller, priced from £157,800

Bentley Bentayga: It broke the mold as the first Bentley SUV and later the first hybrid.  Now the company's biggest seller, priced from £157,800

Bentley Bentayga: It broke the mold as the first Bentley SUV and later the first hybrid. Now the company’s biggest seller, priced from £157,800

EXP 100GT: Futuristic EXP 100GT concept car was unveiled in 2019 to mark Bentley's centenary - and the next 100 years - as a statement of intent on Bentley's plans for electrification

EXP 100GT: Futuristic EXP 100GT concept car was unveiled in 2019 to mark Bentley's centenary - and the next 100 years - as a statement of intent on Bentley's plans for electrification

EXP 100GT: Futuristic EXP 100GT concept car was unveiled in 2019 to mark Bentley’s centenary – and the next 100 years – as a statement of intent on Bentley’s plans for electrification

Get on

Bosses say the results are a testament to the workforce and measures taken to continue production despite Covid, logistical difficulties, global shortages of key computer chips and increasing demand for hybridized models.

Buoyed by its hybrid option, the Bentayga SUV was the biggest seller, with a 40 percent market share, while the Continental GT luxury grand tourer (from £170,000) accounted for 33 percent.

Earlier this month, Bentley announced record sales of 14,659 cars worldwide in 2021 – a 31% increase from the previous record year in 2020

Earlier this month, Bentley announced record sales of 14,659 cars worldwide in 2021 – a 31% increase from the previous record year in 2020

Earlier this month, Bentley announced record sales of 14,659 cars worldwide in 2021 – a 31% increase from the previous record year in 2020

In October, Bentley announced a record third quarter profit of EUR 275 million (£229 million), putting it on track for a full record year.

Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, said: “The original Bentley boys were pioneers and leaders.

Now that we look beyond 100, we will continue to lead by reinventing the company.” He has also suggested that hydrogen fuel cells — using the gas in combination with oxygen in a chemical reaction to produce electrical current, with only water coming out of the exhaust pipe — are a longer-term goal.

Now that would really go on the green gas.

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