Classic Prototype: Hunaudières Bentley (1999), the other “Veyron”

There are few super-projects that were building up in the late 90s in the Volkswagen Group to develop some of the most powerful and fast machines of all time, but as you can imagine all of them the only one who ended up materializing and becoming the fastest sport on the face of the earth was the Bugatti Veyron. The Audi Project Rosemeyer is a good example of my statement, and so is the prototype Bentley Hunaudières rumors that these weeks we have known about the possibility of launching a brand new Bentley supercar, is again in the news.

The 1999 Geneva Motor lifted the curtain of a sports and evocative as exotic as its name, the Bentley Hunaudières. Any lover of racing know for a fact that Hunaudières is one of the world’s most famous lines from the competition, also known as Mulsanne (which also gives its name to one of the latest Bentley models) for the area on which it runs, is one of the most important sections of the Circuit de la Sarthe in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Its more than 6 kilometers of myocardial velocities have led over the past decades and the introduction of several chicanes that would avoid.

The Bentley Hunaudières could exceed 350 km / h without breaking a sweat
The Bentley mechanics Hunaudières 1999 and would later intuiting what we would see in the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. A parent engine Volkswagen 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder vee twin, in this case atmospheric, developed 623 hp at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 760 Nm at 4,000 rpm. This beast was coupled to a five-speed sequential gearbox and was capable of reaching 350 km / h top speed. Therefore it seems that the name Hunaudières made sense, given that one of the most important and the prelude of what would happen later with Bugatti was no further than the desire to achieve a top speed unprecedented in any production model.

Besides its pristine beauty, the interior was coated materials worthy of any Bentley, with luxury, comfort and a lot of technology. For example dispensed with external mirrors, that could break your line, replaced by tiny hidden cameras in the front wheel arches showing what went on behind screens installed in the dashboard.

Bugatti Veyron was launched, but never Hunaudières Bentley
But Bentley Hunaudières beyond the prototype you see in these pictures, he never occur, not even in a limited series. The only movement was about was the preparation of a prototype racing to compete in Le Mans years later.

Precisely why we wonder if Bentley understood that it was time to leave us speechless with a building of this caliber, a movement that does not seem so far-fetched when you consider that for a while now have not done anything wrong and that the future awaits looks even better with the pace of sales of Bentley Continental GT saga and the probable introduction of a large luxury SUV.

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