Shown in the picture above is the 1929 Bentley Speed Six Coupe "Blue Train Bentley"
the first car to actually race and beat a train over an extended distance, in
this case from Cannes to CalaisFrance.
The engine powering this beast was a 450bhp version of Bentley's gigantic 6.75-litre
twin-turbocharged V8 engine. With a 0-60mph acceleration of 5.5 seconds and a
top speed of 168mph the Blue Train Bentley forever rewrote the record books.
A twenty-two year old obsessed by speed and its potential for changing the
world. An engineering genius with an intuitive grasp of the dynamics of the
amazing new internal combustion engine. Put those images together with a
precocious visionary who believed nothing was impossible and you have some sense
of W.O. Bentley on the brink of creating a legend in his name. And just one more
thing. He liked to win.
Competitive motorcycle racing at the Isle of Man and the newly-opened
Brooklands circuit gave him his taste for speed but couldn’t satisfy his hunger
for power. That was to come in 1912 when he and his brother, H.M. Bentley,
acquired the UK agency for the French Doriot, Flandrin & Parant (DFP). On
his first run in the Aston-Clinton hill-climb, W.O. broke the class record –
with his wife Leonie in the passenger seat. The DFP was “quick, robust, sporting
in character and of the highest quality”, the very qualities that were to become
the foundations of the cars he went on to produce.
On a trip to the DFP factory in France he noticed an aluminium piston being
used as a paperweight by one of the company directors. He adapted his own DFPs
with this revolutionary material and drove them to one racing triumph after
another. Indeed, these lightweight pistons quickly became the “secret
ingredient” of Bentley success with his conservative competitors continuing to
regard aluminium as too weak to withstand the inferno of the engine block.
The beginning of the Great War brought new challenges. The frivolities of the
DFP era were over. W.O. turned his attention to more serious affairs, creating
the Bentley Rotary I (BR1) following an Admiralty Commission to power the
Sopwith Camel, and with it, Allied dominance of the air.
The BR1 and the subsequent BR2 epitomised Bentley’s ability to transform raw
design ingredients into masterpieces of power and reliability. In his later life
he admitted that nothing had given him more pride than this contribution to the
In 1919, with the war over and British industry booming, W.O. turned his
attention to the dream he’d been cherishing these long seven years, building the
car that would satisfy his own extraordinarily high expectations as a driver, as
an engineer, as a competitor and as a gentleman.
Luck and good judgement helped him to recruit the finest available talent.
Sheer persistence and the will to succeed rewarded him, in October 1919 at his
service shop in New Street Mews, with the deafening bellow of the very first
Bentley engine, the awesome 3-litre.
Bartering is again becoming popular the world over.With the world facing recessionary pressure barter is again gaining acceptance.Is car barter possible ? I think it is a great Idea.How many of you agree with me.please comment on this.
Intelligent vehicles enhance the safety and convenience for both the drivers and passengers. An intelligent vehicle uses various intelligent sensing and control algorithms to assess the vehicle’s environment and assist the driver with safe driving. These algorithms include the collision warning system that allows the driver to avoid a collision. Because of the ability to enhance the safety and convenience, intelligent vehicles becomes a crucial research area for the intelligent transportation system Car headlights are among the most efficient safety measures available. Studies have shown that the accident rate is 1.5 to 2 times higher during night-time than in daylight. The general trend in the Westernized world has been a decrease in road casualties, although the impact that road deaths and injuries have on society is still too great technology can be used to make vehicles that allow
a much greater level of vehicle automation to take place. These changes will also mean a much greater interaction between the driver, the road environment, the vehicle, and other vehicles using the transport system.
All the steps taken towards automation of vehicles, reduces the instances of driver error, which is a contributory factor in at least 9 out of every 10 road accidents. Technology supports a driver in different ways and at different times depending on the vehicle or circumstances, and there are many potential interventions to prevent an accident that can be implemented up until the point at which the accident occurs. There are areas of passive safety in which improvements can be made, such as safer vehicle drive system which has automatic headlights and wipers and anti-collision system and vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility. However, progress in this field is expected to slow and any future work about passive safety is likely to be based around enhancing and developing existing technology rather than new design initiatives.
Findings by Transportation Research Board Business Office,Washington (USA) show that
Driven by concerns related to climate change and the depletion of fossil fuels, there is a renewed interest in electric cars. Because electric cars are more expensive than fossil fuel cars, have a limited range and battery charging facilities are still limited, the question is to what extent they will penetrate the market. This paper reports on a state choice experiment conducted in the Netherlands to examine the car drivers’ trade off among purchase price, range, fuel cost reduction and the availability of slow and fast battery charging facilities. The results indicate that especially purchase price, range and the availability of fast charging facilities influence electric car purchase. The results further indicate that market shares for the typical electric cars now available on the market probably will remain low and the target of 200,000 electric cars in the Netherlands in 2020 will likely not be met without policy measures. The analysis suggests that providing a purchase subsidy of 5000 euro and realizing fast battery facilities at all fuel stations both can stimulate electric car purchase to about the same extent. However, providing fast charging facilities is a cheaper option and therefore may be considered the more cost-effective policy measure.
The F430 Spider joins the F430 as the latest addition to the new generation of Ferrari V8-engined sports cars. The F430 Spider's innovative aerodynamics, honed to generate dynamic air flows to increase down-force and improve cooling, and the F1 gearbox featuring upgraded software, are just two examples of how Ferrari's technological excellence has been transferred from the track to road. The F430 Spider's all-aluminium bodywork and chassis have also been carefully strengthened, to guarantee both occupant safety and the structural rigidity demanded by a car of such high performance. Two very robust steel roll-bars are integrated into the windshield structure to guarantee maximum occupant protection. The electric hood is fully automatic and folds away under its own flush-fitting tonneau cover, allowing Ferrari engineers to hone the aerodynamics of the car with the hood down.
The new Golf Cabriolet has striking front end which provides more than just a hint
of sportiness. A glance at the headlights and turn indicators under the same
clear-glass cover and the door mirrors with integrated turn signals give an
indication of the dynamic character of the new Golf Cabriolet. The same is true
of the streamlined silhouette, which the stylish, fully automatic fabric hood
blends into perfectly. The decorative hood trim strip in chrome rounds off the
overall sporty picture.
It takes less than ten seconds for the fully
automatic, electro-hydraulic fabric hood on the new Golf Cabriolet to open – and
for you to savour the ultimate cabriolet driving experience. The hood is opened
simply and fully automatically at the touch of a button, at a speed of up to 30
km/h. The wind deflector reduces annoying wind noise during the journey and at
the same time protects you from unpleasant draughts around the neck.