Bentley Hunaudieres prototype was launched at the 1999 Geneva
motorshow. The Hunaudieres, which was based on a modified Lamborghini
Diablo VT chassis was powered by a W16 Volkswagen engine making
620 bhp driving all four wheels.
The Hunaudieres concept was intended to test the water to see
how close to an all out sports car Bentley could feasibly create,
without compromising the brand's identity.
The Hunaudieres was Bentley's first go at
a modern sports car
The awkward 'Hunaudieres' name pays homage to the famous straight
on the Le Mans Circuit. It was here that the legend of Bentley
was born with five wins at the track in the 1920's. Sir Tim
Birkin in his 4.5 litre 'Blower' Bentley, undertook a risky
overtaking of Rudolf Carraciola's Mercedes SSK at 125mph with
one wheel on the grass down the Hunaudières straight.