2008 Bentley Continental DC Racing Green review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 1 May 2008 , 10:05:21 byVeronica

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Bentley Continental DC Racing Green

A team from Bentley Motors managed to win a special Sprint of Greenpower award for its performance in the Greenpower Corporate Challenge which took place at Goodwood race circuit yesterday. This team has designed, engineered and built the electric powered car. The model is called Continental DC and it runs off a 24-volt motor supplied by two 12-volt batteries. It was designed for lightness and maximum power efficiency the one-seat car and has a carbon fiber chassis and low resistance tires. The 2008 edition of the Greenpower held yesterday was the first race of the season. 25 teams have entered. The award was given in recognition of their excellent team spirit which they showed in overcoming these initial technical challenges. The Bentley team includes nine apprentices of the company who are all following a three or four year apprenticeship scheme at the factory in Crewe. Having taken the initiative themselves to complete in the Greenpower challenge, the apprentices have devoted weekends and evenings for the past ten months taking full responsibility for all aspects of the development of the car. In fact, three team members acted as drivers on race day, the rest of the team provided essential back-up support in the pits. The entire process was a very exciting one especially that the project started from the idea to race-day. The support from sponsors offered a lot of help. In terms of specifications, know that its 24v motor produces 0.5 BHP and 5.1 lb. ft. of torque. This output enables the car to accelerate and reach a top speed of 40 mph. it has 0 CO2 emissions. The model uses fixed carbon fiber suspension wishbones for maximum strength and minimum weight, excellent road holding and superior grip from unique 1 x 16-inch carbon fiber wheels covered in bespoke Michelin low resistance tires. More information on the entire project can be found on their official web site.