Bentley has introduced a new Styling Specification for the Flying Spur, which is aimed at enhancing the sporting credentials of the world’s fastest production saloon.
The Styling Specification came about after an extensive development programme and is crafted by hand in high-gloss carbon fibre.
The body kit includes a front bumper splitter, side skirts with metallic Bentley badges, rear diffuser and a boot lid spoiler.
STYLING SPECIFICATION: TAKING A PAGE FROM THE INTERIOR
Like the veneer found in the cabin, the carbon fibre exterior components are mirror-matched across the centreline of the car for precise visual appeal.
The carbon fibre weave is a 2×2 twill pattern, woven in the same direction for all components to ensure consistency. It is laid-up in multiple layers, each oriented for optimum strength and durability whilst maintaining minimal weight.
The side skirts include an exquisite detail with the inclusion of a three-dimensional electroformed Bentley badge.
The badge profile was developed specially for the Styling Specification, to minimise the risk of air bubbles forming in the lacquer overcoat.
The Bentley Flying Spur Styling Specification is specifically designed to complement the aerodynamic performance of the car.
The first designs are assessed and refined using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software for aerodynamic performance.
Simulations are also made of the effect on powertrain cooling, brake cooling and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
Electrical testing seeks to minimise any affect that the carbon fibre parts may have on vehicle systems. These include PDC (park distance control), radar systems and antennae for on-board communications and entertainment.
Once these virtual assessments are complete, the first physical prototypes are manufactured and refined in the wind tunnel and on the test track.
The parts are also assessed across all driving conditions for stability, feel and performance under both acceleration and braking. Following this, the components are put through a variety of validation tests, which include durability programmes design to simulate abuse.
Rig testing in Bentley’s Quality lab assesses performance through the rigours of vibration, thermal cycling, point loading and impacts.
The Bentley Flying Spur Styling Specification is now available at Bentley’s network of retailers. It can be specified when a new car is commissioned or retrofitted at a later date.