Bentley analyzes building a Hypercar to return to Le Mans
I’m not a fan of Bentley. But is real nice to see them return.
Paul Williams, director of Bentley Motorsport, said he is considering creating a possible Hypercar program to return to the World Endurance Championship. Bentley’s last experience was positive with the Speed 8 and its turbo V8 engine, they came first and second overall in the 2003 edition of The 24 Hours Le Mans, at that time in the Grand Touring Prototype class. Williams admitted that Bentley has plans to manufacture a commercial Hypercar and the most logical thing is to create it from a racing prototype.
Williams explained that such a program must first be approved by the Volkswagen Group, which has Porsche and Lamborghini among its brands, hence several deadlines are established to consider a hypothetical Hypercar program for Bentley. He felt that an internal competition between brands, as happened recently between Audi and Porsche in the WEC, would bring benefits for all those involved in terms of technical advances, because in terms of commercial, each brand has a very clientele specific.
Another detail to consider is that only Toyota and Aston Martin have shown interest in the new rules and as long as other builders do not manifest, there will be many doubts about competing in the Hypercar class. So far many show interest in entering, as well as Bentley, but from there to run a career program in a few months there is a long way. In this case it is preferable to wait to observe how events unfold.
In the words of Paul Williams:
''Bentley's story in Le Mans is very good for us. We are talking about it, thinking about it, but there are no firm plans yet. The interest in making a hypercar is always there, but right now, I would say that creating a prototype is probably more interesting. We have no fixed plans at this time, but we are studying it, we would be crazy if we weren't."