Mon, 02 January 2023
Two Bentley Baturs have begun real-world road trials across Europe. The first activity for one of the developments Batur’s – Car #0 – is an extensive 2,500-kilometre drive across Europe to simulate real world conditions.
The limited series of just 18 examples are due to begin deliveries mid-2023 after completion and sign-off of an extensive engineering programme. All 18 Batur examples have already been reserved, including several by customers from the Middle East -Bentley’s most successful market anywhere in the world for bespoke vehicles.
More than 120 individual tests in all cover everything from the quality of the surface finish of the gold “organ stop” ventilation controls, to the new W12 engine hardware and software. Over 58 weeks of vehicle validation have been scheduled across the two pre-series cars, supplementing over 100 weeks of vehicle development already completed to validate the increased engine power, making the Batur the most powerful Bentley in history – with at least 740 PS.
At the proving grounds, Batur Car #0 will begin seven weeks of durability work on handling tracks, mixed road conditions, high speed testing and abusive surface conditions. Once complete, another 7,500 kilometres of real-world driving will be undertaken before environmental testing commences. In just under four weeks the car will endure 600 hours of solar loading – equivalent to five years in an Arizona desert. This is particularly important for the new sustainable materials used in the exterior components, as an alternative to carbon fibre.