Bentleys Great Eight The Astonishing 50 Year Saga Of Historys Greatest V8 Engines


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  • ISBN: 9781854432414
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  • Publ Date: 2010-04-15
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  • Binding: HardBack
  • Pages: 208
  • Imprint: DALTON WATSON
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  • ID - 42017


This book by prize-winning author Karl Ludvigsen offers auto enthusiasts a time-travelling adventure in its description of the evolution of the V-8 engine. It begins more than a century ago when Rolls-Royce built one of the worldÆs first V-8 engines. The saga races through decades of engineering experiment and creativity as Bentley, famed for its racing exploits at Le Mans, exploited the exotic potential of supercharging. When the fortunes of Rolls-Royce and Bentley combined in the 1950s, both needed a new engine, and hitherto-secret reports and exclusive interviews take the reader behind the scenes of the new V-8Æs creation.

Further evolution came with BentleyÆs need for a sporting engine, leading to the development of turbo-supercharging and the introduction of the 300-horsepower Mulsanne Turbo in 1982, the first big high-performance saloon. Here too the reader rides with the engineers as they make this significant advance in car design.

At the end of the twentieth century, after a tug-of-war with BMW, Bentley found itself part of the Volkswagen Group, and the resources of its new owner helped bring BentleyÆs new Great Eight to heights of performance and perfection.

Lavishly illustrated, the book portrays some of the worldÆs greatest cars from the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Corniche to BentleyÆs Continental, Azure, Arnage, Brooklands and Mulsanne. It introduces the reader to the engineers and executives whose enthusiasm for the V-8 engine has not only prolonged the half-century lifetime of one of the worldÆs most accomplished engines but also endowed it with the advanced technologies of the twenty-first century. Bringing its unique perspective to the world of the automobile, BentleyÆs Great Eight will appeal to all lovers of the history of technology.



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