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Franz-Josef Paefgen Sending Bentley Green

Posted: March 5th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Bentley, biofuel | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Franz-Josef Paefgen Sending Bentley Green

Rumors of gas-electric or diesel Bentleys – despite the marque’s love for huge torque curves – are unfounded. A few supercars run on ethanol, like the upcoming Saleen S5S Raptor, the 1018 horsepower Koenigsegg CCXR, and a concept Ferrari F430. We won’t delve into the pros and cons of ethanol, but added horsepower from the fuel’s higher octane is always nice. The British marque will introduce it’s first Flex-Fuel motor this year and by 2012 every vehicle they produce will be Biofuel capable in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions by 15% by 2012.

The Bentley Biofuel concept is based on the Continental GT Speed. The Biofuel sports blacked-out headlight bezels and a pair of bonnet vents. The existing Continental GT Speed serves up beefy outputs of 449kW and 750Nm, so we reckon the biofuelled Bentley will ramp up peak power closer to the 500kW.
“Bentley is Bentley and will stay Bentley in the future, no matter what the crisis will bring. We have a clear vision of where we should be, in the upper part of the market and building exclusive cars for exclusive customers.
In the short term we have three stages until 2012: to be in line with 15% reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions, then 40% improvement, and then by 2012 all Bentleys will be capable of running on biofuels. This new engine represents the first step.
A small electric city car in London has a carbon-dioxide emission from 135 to 150 grams of CO2 per mile. That is probably 50% more than a good engine has, and the reason for that is that the electricity generation is so inefficient, creating so much CO2” The consumer is actually clear in what he wants. He wants a car with a good performance, which is CO2-friendly and affordable. One thing you can’t forget is that if you look at car battery technology, the battery prices are totally unacceptable. It’s probably only acceptable for a very small number of cars. With current batteries you have a range of something like 35 miles or so and you pay about 5,000 euros ($6,274.03) for the battery. And charging takes the whole time. I don’t think you’ll experience that in your lifetime. But what you will see is cars running mainly on batteries and also having a petrol or diesel engine.

Our view on the Bailout Theory is no secret (ThriftStimulationBailout?we reckon the world leaders have got it all wrong, who the hell are we – nobody – thats the point though, we’ve been listening and talking to a lot of people who are somebody’s (other than world leaders) our somebody’s reckon we’re right. apparently so Does Dr Paefgen! Of course you could take another angle, All-Out, get on your skates and build the biggest, best and most beastly: A Droptop!

The effects of the car crisis are that everyone’s sales are going down and money is becoming more and more of an issue. We have not cut our engineering program at all, but we try to be more efficient and try to do everything a bit quicker.
The answer is very simple. In a free economy going into crisis, the worst-performing companies will disappear and the best will survive. As long as the government does what it should do and doesn’t start to buy companies. What is the alternative? There is no state in the world that can avoid an inefficient company going bankrupt. If they try to do that they will go bankrupt. This seems to be the case in France. Don’t misunderstand me, I understand there are huge numbers of people who need to be employed. Governments should be responsible and try to help them. But a company that is not capable of surviving, if it survives another five years it will be in the same situation again.
How many billions are they eating every quarter? Giving taxpayers’ billions to a dying company? The answer is consolidation, there must be consolidation because that’s the way the economy works.
Oh, and the of course, there’s the automobile . . .
Based on the Bentley Continental, the new supercar will need to have more than 600hp to take the crown as the fastest and most powerful – most reports are indicating that around 630hp (470kW) will be on tap.  According to Bentley, “This new model is very much the extreme Bentley,” and will feature a much lower kerb weight that any other model in the range. When coupled with the Biofuel drive train, the new ride will represent the first stage of Bentley’s environmental efforts. With Bentley’s current title holder, the Bentley Continental GT Speed, capable of the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of over 320km/h, the Biofuel supercar is going to be one hell of an environmentally conscious ride. Stay tuned for more details closer to Geneva and be sure to check out the video below.
Assembly Crewe, England
Body style 2-door 2+2 coupé
2-door 2+2 convertible
Layout Longitudinal front-engine,
Torsen permanent four-wheel drive[1]
Platform Volkswagen Group D1
Engine 6.0 L W12 twin-turbo[1]
Transmission 6-speed ZF 6HP26A tiptronicautomatic
Wheelbase 2,746 mm (108.1 in)
Length 4,808 mm (189.3 in): 2003-05
4,804 mm (189.1 in):[1] 2006-present
Width 1,918 mm (75.5 in): 2003-05 & GTC
1,946 mm (76.6 in): Supersports
75.4 in (1,915 mm): 2009-present Coupe
77.4 in (1,966 mm): 2009-present Convertible
Height 1,390 mm (54.7 in)[1]
1,380 mm (54.3 in): Speed
1,398 mm (55.0 in):[2] GTC
Kerb weight 2,350 kg (5,181 lb)[1]
2,485 kg (5,478 lb):[2] GTC
Related Bentley Continental Flying Spur
Volkswagen Phaeton
Designer Dirk van Braeckel
Bentley’s Official : Bentley_and_the_future_of_biofuels

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