Crewe, United Kingdom
Crewe, United Kingdom

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.


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Grant
Agency: Cordis | 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.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 4.22M | Year: 2011

The UK automotive industry is a large and critical sector within the UK economy. It accounts for 820,000 jobs, exports finished goods worth £8.9bn annually and adds value of £10bn to the UK economy each year. However, the UK automotive industry is currently facing great challenges, such as responsibility for a 19% and growing share of UK annual CO2 emissions, strong international competition, declining employment and hollowing-out of the domestic supply chain, and enormous pressure from regulatory bodies for decarbonisation. A solution to these challenges comes from the development and manufacture of low carbon vehicles (LCVs), as identified by the UK government. Vehicle lightweighting is the most effective way to improve fuel economy and to reduce CO2 emissions. This has been demonstrated by many vehicle mass reduction programmes worldwide. Historically vehicle mass reduction has been achieved incrementally by reducing the mass of specific vehicle parts piece-by-piece, with little consideration of the carbon footprint of input materials and closed-loop recycling of end of life vehicles (ELVs). Our vision is that the future low carbon vehicle is achieved by a combination of multi-material concepts with mass-optimised design approaches through the deployment of advanced low carbon input materials, efficient low carbon manufacturing processes and closed-loop recycling of ELVs. To achieve this vision, we have gathered the best UK academic brainpower for vehicle lightweighting and formed the TARF-LCV consortium, whose members include 8 research teams involving 18 academics from Brunel, Coventry, Exeter, Imperial, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford Brookes and Strathclyde. TARF-LCV aims to deliver fundamental solutions to the key challenges faced by future development of LCVs in the strategic areas of advanced materials, enabling manufacturing technologies, holistic vehicle design and closed-loop recycling of ELVs. We have developed a coherent research programme organised 6 work packages. We will develop closed-loop recyclable aluminium (Al) and magnesium (Mg) alloys, metal matrix composites (MMCs) and recyclable polymer matrix composites (PMCs) for body structure and powertrain applications; we will develop advanced low carbon manufacturing technologies for casting, forming and effective vehicle assembly and disassembly; and we will develop mass-optimised design principles and specific life cycle analysis (LCA) methodology for future LCV development. To deliver the 4-year TARF-LCV programme, in addition to the EPSRC funding requested, we have leveraged financial support for 2 post-doctoral research fellows from the EPSRC Centre-LiME at Brunel University and LATEST2 at Manchester University, and for 9 PhD studentships from partner universities. Consequently, the TARF-LCV research team will include 18 academics, 11 post-doctoral research fellows and 18 research students. This not only ensures a successful delivery of the TARF-LCV research programme, but also provides a training ground for the future leaders of low carbon vehicle development in the UK.


Patent
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.


Patent
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.


Patent
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.


Patent
Bentley Motors | Date: 2013-10-02

An adaptive braking system for a motor vehicle includes an assisted braking system and a controller arranged to determine, in response to one or more driving condition parameters and in advance of a brake application, the braking assistance to be provided. Braking assistance is defined by a function which maps a brake actuation parameter to be applied from a detected brake pedal actuation parameter. Each driving condition parameter includes an environmental condition parameter. The controller may also adjust the braking assistance in response to one or more braking response signals.


Patent
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.


Patent
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.


Patent
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.


Patent
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.

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