The first decade of the 24-Hours of Le Mans was virtually dominated by Bentley. The famed cars from Crewe won the French classic in 1924 and 1927-1930 before retiring from motorsport. Now after a 70-year hiatus, Bentley has announced that it will return with a radical, all carbon-fiber prototype known as the Bentley EXP Speed 8. Secretly under development for more than a year, the new Bentley racer is powered by parent company Audi’s Le Mans-proven V8 and will be driven by accomplished endurance racers Andy Wallace, James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger.
According to Bentley CEO Tony Gott, “…the whole team at Crewe is thrilled to have the opportunity to take Bentley back into motorsport, especially to an event which is so much an integral part of Bentley’s history.”