Lot 314 - 1990 12858 Turbo R “The Crondall Bentley Boys” Race Car
|Odometer reading||108,822 miles|
|Result||Sold - £16,800|
It is perhaps best to dispense with a preamble regarding a
Bentley Turbo R as this special racing version bears little
resemblance to the original model. This highly modified Bentley was
built upon a 1990 Bentley Turbo R by the renowned specialists,
Phantom Motors of Crondall, Surrey and raced by the proprietors,
brothers Simon and Stuart Worthington. Bentley '248' has an
extraordinary specification that includes a replacement, detuned to
530bhp (recorded on rolling road and 700bhp claimed possible), twin
turbo 6.75 litre, V8 engine mated to a manual change 'Raptor' GM
4L80E sequential shift gearbox with the final drive via a viscous
control differential. The handling is provided by a Harvey Bailey
set up with stiffened springs and uprated shock absorbers with rear
alloy splitters improving the handling still further. Alcon brakes
provide the stopping power while racing seats, harnesses and a full
safety devices roll cage protect the occupants and an array of
instruments keeps the pilot well informed. Despite being lightened
and losing half a ton during the build, the car, incredibly, still
weighs in at 1.8 tonnes! The aluminium bonnet is easily removed and
has rubber pads incorporated so that it may sit on the roof of the
Bentley for engine checks.
Such is the fabulous specification and quality of the build that a successful racing history ensued; in fact, history was made at Silverstone in 2004 when Simon took the Bentley to what is believed to be the first worldwide win by a Turbo R. Only a handful of such cars are known to exist; the others being in America and New Zealand. The car has several race wins under its belt since that inaugural event but the most impressive result must have been the handicap race at Silverstone at the annual Bentley Drivers Club Meeting when, after attaining fast practice laps, 248 was handicapped by 180 seconds - some two and a half laps behind the slowest car in only an eight lap race - and still managed to achieve 4th place. Further wins were achieved and all the records are secured within the extensive history file along with many press cuttings including the report of the bizarre sight of the Turbo R racing against, and beating, the 1929 24 litre Napier Bentley; a race which has gone down in legend within the Bentley Drivers Club.
Road registered with a UK V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate, this Bentley Turbo R conforms to Bentley Drivers Club rules and regulations for club racing. An inspection of the history file will uncover the full story of this most astonishing motorcar and with such a tempting estimate, must represent an ideal opportunity to own a special piece of legendary Bentley racing history.
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