Craft / September 2019

Bentley's elemental vision

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Bentley eschewed nostalgia for a slice of futurism when it unveiled the EXP 100 GT, the reality of which might not be too far away…

On 10 July 2019, the carmaker Bentley celebrated its Centenary. From the very first prototype created in a London mews to the phenomenally powerful and exquisitely crafted cars driven across the world today, Bentley has transformed the face of motoring. Birthdays tend to catalyse a certain sense of nostalgia, or at the very least some introspection. One looks back at the journey so far, proudly with any luck, dissecting those major moments that all corroborated to produce the you in the now. When Bentley reached this laudable milestone this year, the brand chose not to peer over its shoulder, but rather to look forward and observe the future. The movement of people around the world is at a pivotal moment in time. We are on the cusp of an enormous paradigm shift, one that might just relegate the combustion engine to the dusty annals of history, and so with this leap to electric and autonomy, Bentley conceived a futuristic concept car that would test the limits of engineering, reality, and imagination. W.O. Bentley founded Bentley Motors in order to “build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”. That desire has remained at the heart of Bentley’s vision ever since - and is now manifested  in the frankly jaw-dropping EXP 100 GT.

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Ryan Thompson

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