Bentley Motors Limited is a British luxury automaker, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the German company Volkswagen AG. Its principal activity is the design, engineering, manufacture and distribution of luxury automobiles sold under the Bentley marque. Based in Crewe, England, Bentley Motors Limited was founded by W. O. Bentley on 18 January 1919 in Cricklewood near London and was acquired by Rolls-Royce in 1931.Bentley Motors Limited is the direct successor of Rolls-Royce Motors, which Volkswagen AG purchased in 1998. The purchase included the vehicle designs, model nameplates, production and administrative facilities, the Spirit of Ecstasy and Rolls-Royce grille shape trademarks, but not the rights to the use of the Rolls-Royce name or logo, which are owned by Rolls-Royce Holdings plc and were later licensed to BMW AG.Bentley vehicles are sold via franchised dealers worldwide, and as of November 2012, China was the largest individual market for Bentley automobiles. Most Bentley cars are assembled at the company's plant in Crewe, with a small number of Continental Flying Spurs assembled at the Transparent Factory in Dresden, Germany. Automobile bodies for the Continental model line are produced in Zwickau, Germany. Bentley cars are largely hand-built.Bentley cars won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930 and 2003. The current Bentley production models are the Continental Flying Spur, Continental GT and Mulsanne. Notable former Bentley production models include the Bentley 4½ Litre, Bentley Speed Six, Bentley Turbo R and Bentley Arnage. Wikipedia.
Bentley Motors | Date: 2015-03-20
A mounting structure for an engine mount (9) for an internal combustion engine. A fitting (19), such as a spigot, having an axis is provided for fitment to the engine mount. A bracket (11) is provided for fitment to the internal combustion engine. The bracket is arranged to receive the fitting in a direction parallel to its axis. The bracket includes an arrangement, such as a clamp, which is operable to cause the bracket to retain or release the fitting and the arrangement is accessible along a direction perpendicular to the direction in which the fitting is received into the bracket. This enables the engine mount to be released from the bracket by accessing the bracket from alongside rather than above.
Bentley Motors | Date: 2017-01-04
A hybrid drive system for a vehicle, such as an automobile (3), includes an internal combustion engine (2) and a drive motor (3) operable to propel the vehicle, an energy storage device (7) for storing energy to power the drive motor, a driver operable accelerator control (10) moveable from a zero to a maximum position to control the drive system and an arrangement (11) for increasing resistance to movement of the accelerator control at at least one selected position in its travel thereby to divide the travel of the control into two or more parts. A controller (8) is arranged to control the internal combustion engine (2) and drive motor 3 in dependence on the position of the drivers control (10). And the controller is arranged to control the internal combustion engine and drive motor according to a respective different mode of operation when the accelerator control is in each part of its travel. The controller may provide different modes of operation for acceleration of the vehicle from rest, including an eco mode where only the drive motor is employed, a max mode where both the internal combustion engine and drive motor are employed to obtain maximum acceleration and an intermediate standard mode where output of the internal combustion engine is limited in order to reduce fuel consumption. A driver can select a desired mode of operation by feeling resistance in movement of the accelerator control.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP-2010-3.4-1 | Award Amount: 7.82M | Year: 2011
The goal of 3D-LightTrans project is to provide groundbreaking, highly flexible and adaptable low-cost technologies for manufacturing of 3D textile reinforced plastic composites (in the following referred to as textile reinforced plastics or TRP), including innovative approaches for the individual processes and its integration in complete manufacturing chains, which will enable to shift them from its current position in cost intensive, small series niche markets, to broadly extended mass product applications, not only in transportation, but also in other key sectors, like health and leisure. To fulfil this goal, 3D-LightTrans manufacturing chains will based on hybrid yarn incorporating thermoplastic matrix material, processed to deep draped multilayer textiles and multifunctional 3D-textile constructions, which will be fixed to dry pre-forms and finally, processed into composites by thermoforming. By integrating these new, innovative process steps with full automation in -nowadays mostly manually performed- complex handling operations, it will be possible to obtain a fully automated and highly adaptable manufacturing chain. 3D-LightTrans will open the way to a totally new concept for the design, manufacturing and application of composites for low-cost mass products in a wide range of sectors. The Consortium brings together multidisciplinary research teams involving five industrial stakeholders from machine tools and machine automation (P-D Glasseiden, Van de Wiele, Lindauer Dornier, Coatema) and several OEM active in the field of processing of flexible materials and composite manufacturing, including Federal Mogul, among others, as well as from the application sector (FIAT and Bentley), and extensive expertise from well known research specialists in the area of materials, production research and technical textiles in particular, like AIT, TU-Dresden and University of Ghent.
Bentley Motors | Date: 2013-01-18
A balancer for a wheel and tyre assembly includes one or more tubes 101 containing a movable mass 104. The tube or tubes is/are mounted to a resiliently deformable support 102 with an outer dimension that substantially matches an inner dimension of the tyre. the support being arranged to position and support the or each tube within the tyre. The/or each tube may be annular. The support may be formed from a plastics mesh 102.
Bentley Motors | Date: 2013-02-28
A braking system for a vehicle includes a regenerative braking system and a friction braking system. The friction braking system includes one or more conventional friction brakes, and a cooling device operable to cool the one or more friction brakes. The regenerative braking system includes an electric motor that is configurable to operate as an electric generator. The electric motor is connected to the vehicles road wheels and is operable to decelerate the vehicle by using the wheels to drive electric motor to generate electric energy. The regenerative braking system is operable to direct at least part of the recovered energy to the cooling device and/or the battery. The regenerative braking system preferentially directs the recovered energy to battery. When the battery is at substantially full capacity, the regenerative braking system directs the recovered energy to the cooling device.
Bentley Motors | Date: 2014-03-21
A seat structure 6 for mounting to the load space 3 of an automobile 1 includes a seat cushion 9 which, in use, may be positioned to extend out an opening to the load space to provide a seat for a person outside the automobile. The structure is particularly intended to provide a seat to the rear of an estate car, SUV or other automobile fitted with tailgate 4. The seat structure may be removably mountable to the load space of an automobile. The seat structure may comprise mounting assemblies 8 arranged to mount the structure to points at opposite sides of the load space of an automobile. A divider assembly 7 may be pivotally mounted to the mounting assemblies 8 for movement between upright and flat positions. The seat cushion 9 may be movably mounted to the divider assembly for movement between storage and deployed positions.
Bentley Motors | Date: 2014-10-24
A tyre cavity noise absorber comprising a body 1 of sound absorbing material with an outer protective cover 3. The body of sound absorbing material is intended to be mounted to a wheel 2 of a wheel and tyre 6 assembly so that a surface of the body is exposed in a tyre cavity of the wheel and tyre assembly. The outer protective cover only partially covers said surface of the body of sound absorbing material such that the cover protects the body of sound absorbing material from a bead 7 of a tyre as a tyre is fitted to, or removed from, the wheel and the uncovered parts of the body of sound absorbing material are free to absorb sound.
Bentley Motors | Date: 2014-04-15
The invention provides an electrically driven stowable and deployable table mounted on a support structure, wherein the table comprises a switch mechanism operable by a user to select between a first, automatic, operation for stowing and deployment of the table, and a second, user adjustable operation for user adjustment of the deployed position of the table.
Bentley Motors | Date: 2014-04-15
A display screen surface-mounting structure (100) comprising a display screen connector (111, 113), a surface connector (115, 117) for connecting the structure to a surface in use, and further comprising a rotational movement mechanism for axial rotation of an attached display screen (400) in use, wherein the rotational movement mechanism comprises an electric drive (109) and an manual rotational adjustment mechanism, and wherein the rotational movement mechanism comprises first and second dampers (105, 109), arranged to be connected either side of a connected display screen (400), in use.
Bentley Motors | Date: 2014-04-23
A brake shield 4 includes a labyrinth ventilation material 5 though which air may pass, but which resists the passage of debris. The labyrinth ventilation material may be a sheet material and may define on or more tortuous paths through the material.