Flying Spur – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:49:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.11 Flying Spur In Detail, Bringing Bentley Design Values To The Screen https://tiresandparts.net/news/flying-spur-in-detail-bringing-bentley-design-values-to-the-screen/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/flying-spur-in-detail-bringing-bentley-design-values-to-the-screen/#respond Thu, 05 Nov 2020 10:20:56 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=32791 When you sit in the driving seat of a Continental GT or Flying Spur, the dials in your field of view are a model of clarity and characterful design. It’s easy to forget that the hint of 3D knurling on the dial inners and the subtle shadowing beneath the elegant needles are all generated digitally […]

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When you sit in the driving seat of a Continental GT or Flying Spur, the dials in your field of view are a model of clarity and characterful design. It’s easy to forget that the hint of 3D knurling on the dial inners and the subtle shadowing beneath the elegant needles are all generated digitally on an active matrix Thin Film Transistor whose thickness is measured in millimetres. That’s the work of the Human Machine Interface (HMI) team, led by Graeme Smith – the specialists responsible for Bentley’s infotainment systems.

State-of-the-art technology with enduring design values

Think of Bentleys past, and it’s often the interior details that come to mind – the brass lap counter on the dash of Tim Birkin’s 1929 4½ Litre supercharged ‘Blower’ Bentley (adapted from a billiard table score counter), or the assured simplicity of a patinated 1952 R-Type Continental, its analogue dials deep set within a simple walnut dash. Bentley interiors speak of craftsmanship and a very British design aesthetic that’s a powerful part of their appeal.

Digital technology must be integrated throughout a Bentley’s interior. The ability to connect with smartphones, view 3D digital mapping, summon up music, movies (for the passengers) and control the cabin ambience at the touch of a finger all comes from pixels and microprocessors rather than cables and gears.

Giving those flat glass screens the same design ethos as the handcrafted wood and crisply knurled metals that surround them is a challenge, but it’s one that Graeme Smith and his team of Human Machine Interface (HMI) designers at Bentley have taken on with great success.

The skeuomorphism debate; Bentley’s philosophy

Working with the styling team in Crewe, Graeme and his team of graphic designers create a mood board of icons, colours and images that will appear in a new model. A key decision is whether to make the graphics skeuomorphic – a 3D graphic representation of a physical object – or flat digital design. Smith explains Bentley’s approach:

“A Bentley isn’t a smartphone; it’s going to be used and cherished for generations. So we chose a skeuomorphic approach that will age with the car. Look at pure digital instrument graphics from ten years ago – they’ve dated faster than the car they were part of.”

Night mode – a moment of magic

One of Bentley’s latest digital design innovations is the new dim screen mode, for those times when you don’t need any navigation or infotainment to distract you from the road ahead. Like the simple veneered panel on the central rotating display, it offers the appealing prospect of a ‘digital detox’ moment. A bare minimum of information is displayed; fuel gauge and engine temperature, time, speed and outdoor temperature. Even the speedometer and rev counter dials are in darkness – except for a soft pool of light around the point of each needle.

Subtle differentiation for Flying Spur

Both the Continental GT and Flying Spur have the same driver instrumentation, but there are subtle differences in the design. Working with Bentley designers Brett Boydell and David Leary, Graeme’s team introduced a new element for the Flying Spur in the form of a bronze chapter ring around both the speedometer and the rev counter. As Brett explains, “We introduced the bronze chaplets to give a consistent feel between the physical and digital detailing. The design reflects the refinement and luxury of the Flying Spur, whilst still being a precision instrument appropriate to such a high-performance vehicle.”

Where the Continental GT’s dials feature a 3D-effect to the background knurling, reflecting the design of that model’s distinctive gear lever, the Flying Spur’s dial has an outer ‘machined’ disc where the numerals sit. Both designs complement tangible design elements within the cabin; the Continental GT’s design is clearly performance focused, while the dials of the Flying Spur convey a hint more formality.

The logistics of language

Once the design is approved, next comes the task of translating it into every menu, operation and screen. For the central display in the Flying Spur, that meant designing around 600 different icons and over 1,500 menu screens. There were the different alphabets and page orientations of English, Russian, Arabic and Chinese to incorporate, and text for 27 different languages to translate and accommodate within the screen layout

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40,000 examples of the ultimate grand touring luxury sedan https://tiresandparts.net/news/40000-examples-of-the-ultimate-grand-touring-luxury-sedan/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/40000-examples-of-the-ultimate-grand-touring-luxury-sedan/#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 13:26:54 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=31815 Bentley Motors has handcrafted the 40,000th example of the world’s most successful luxury sports sedan, the Bentley Flying Spur. Now represented by an all-new third generation, the only thing that remains since the original launch in 2005 is its global popularity. Even the name has changed. Originally christened the Continental Flying Spur, evolved to Flying […]

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Bentley Motors has handcrafted the 40,000th example of the world’s most successful luxury sports sedan, the Bentley Flying Spur. Now represented by an all-new third generation, the only thing that remains since the original launch in 2005 is its global popularity. Even the name has changed.

Originally christened the Continental Flying Spur, evolved to Flying Spur to further distinguish the car from the Continental GT, the model has consistently delivered a perfect fusion of performance-orientated agility and exclusive four-door, limousine-style comfort.

With a bold and exciting road presence that is unmistakably Bentley, plus a luxurious cabin offering unrivalled levels of comfort and refinement, the Flying Spur has satisfied both driver and passengers alike in a manner that no other car can. Seamlessly integrating the very best in British craftsmanship with cutting-edge, innovative technology, the third-generation Flying Spur has become the new Bentley flagship and proudly been hailed as “the best new car in world”.

All three generations of Flying Spur have been designed, engineered, developed and manufactured at Bentley’s home in Crewe, where the production milestone is being celebrated by the skilled workforce of designers, engineers and craftspeople. Each one of the 40,000 cars manufactured has spent more than 100 hours on a dedicated production line where a 250-strong team meticulously assemble every Flying Spur by hand.

With 40,000 Flying Spurs manufactured in 15 years, approximately 50 per cent have been commissioned by customers in Bentley’s two biggest markets, split evenly between the China and Americas regions. In Bentley’s home market, the UK, the unwavering desirability of the benchmark luxury grand touring sedan has seen approximately 10 per cent Flying not too far from the nest. While proving the model’s truly international appeal, the remaining 40 per cent of cars are being enjoyed by customers in Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Flying Spur – The History of the Benchmark Luxury Grand Tourer                                   

The illustrious history of the Bentley Flying Spur dates back to 1952, when Chief Designer, J.P. Blatchley, and engineer, Ivan Evernden, collaborated on an unofficial project to restore Bentley to the pinnacle of Grand Touring. Their design was based around the marque’s 180 bhp 4.9-litre straight six engine that would be replaced in 1959 with a 6320cc V8.

Their R-Type Continental coupe was met with widespread acclaim, thanks to sleek bodywork designed by H.J. Mulliner and the ability to cruise all day at 100mph. It was followed by the S1 coupe, which shared many of the R-Type’s components, and it was clear that an S1 sedan should follow. Bentley offered a standard four-door sedan body for the S1, of which nearly 3,000 were built. An uprated Continental version, using lighter coachbuilt bodies, followed six months after the launch of the S1.

The arrival of Bentley’s more powerful all-aluminium V8 engine in 1959 also marked the launch of the S2, replacing the S1. At the same time, HJ Mulliner was bought by Bentley Motors to become the in-house bespoking division. Available from the factory with a standard four-door sedan body as the fastest four-door car in the world at the time, the S2 Continental also had the option of a coachbuilt HJ Mulliner Flying Spur body, or indeed a two-door coupe or drophead version. Of the 2,308 S2s built, 128 were completed as Continental Flying Spurs, each one representing a new era of luxurious, high performance motoring which transformed the British-built car into the ultimate Grand Tourer.

Bentley revived the Continental Flying Spur name in 2005, as a four-door version of the Continental GT coupe in the true spirit of the name. The new model was available with a W12 engine and all-wheel drive and could reach a top speed of 194mph (312km/h) – combining luxury and performance in ways never seen before.

In 2013, the second generation Flying Spur was launched, as a distinct separate model line and so dropping the Continental moniker.

The third iteration of the Flying Spur is writing a completely new chapter in the history of Bentley four-door Grand Touring. Not content with simply building on the two-door Continental GT, Bentley has redesigned the all-new Flying Spur from the ground up so that it stands alone as the ultimate embodiment of luxury, refinement and performance.

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Flying spur in detail Specifying the ultimate rear cabin https://tiresandparts.net/news/flying-spur-in-detail-specifying-the-ultimate-rear-cabin/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/flying-spur-in-detail-specifying-the-ultimate-rear-cabin/#respond Mon, 24 Aug 2020 09:46:59 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=31732 A range of rear cabin options for the all new Flying Spur showcases Bentley’s expertise in creating a modern cabin of unrivalled luxury and innovation. From the very start of development, the focus was on ensuring that passengers in the rear experience the same standard and quality as those in the front. Customers have the […]

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A range of rear cabin options for the all new Flying Spur showcases Bentley’s expertise in creating a modern cabin of unrivalled luxury and innovation. From the very start of development, the focus was on ensuring that passengers in the rear experience the same standard and quality as those in the front. Customers have the ability to select unique configurations tailoring the rear cabin to suit their desires and requirements.

Through a range of optional equipment including Rear Seat Entertainment tablets, audio options up to the industry-leading Naim for Bentley system and even the luxury of an onboard two-bottle drinks cooler, the rear cabin of the Flying Spur is the ultimate place to work or relax while on the road.

The new refrigerated bottle cooler can be found between the rear seats behind the centre armrest. With two levels of cooling from +6°C to -6°C and the ability to accommodate six 330ml soft drinks, four 500ml bottles or two full sized (750ml) sparkling beverage bottles, the cooler can be stocked to suit any journey. A completely new design means that the cooler is packaged into a much smaller space than the previous generation Flying Spur, meaning less intrusion into the vast 420 litre boot space.

“The interior of the Flying Spur is a striking combination of the very latest integrated technology, beautiful materials and design prowess. It is progressive but retains a timeless quality that will still be stylish and appealing for decades to come” comments Brett Boydell, Head of Interior Design for the Flying Spur.

Integrated Technology for Work or Relaxation

As the most advanced Bentley ever built, the Flying Spur is a fusion of cutting-edge electronics and artisan craftsmanship. It represents the very latest in Bentley’s forward-looking approach to technology; blending ease of use with exquisite design and functionality.

At the centre of the rear cabin, the multi-functional five-inch colour Touch Screen Remote can be found mounted in the rear of the centre console. At a press of a button the Touch Screen Remote glides from the console and allows the rear occupants to control many features including rear seat functionality, climate control, window blinds and even the movement of the Flying B bonnet mascot.

The rear seats offer 14-way adjustment and five massage modes, with key adjustments being made via door mounted switches. The rear outer seats are both ventilated and heated with electrically controlled headrests accommodating each individual’s personal preference.

Customers can specify the ultimate in-car audio experience by specifying the pinnacle Naim for Bentley sound system. A 2,200 Watt 21-channel amplifier feeds a system of 19 speakers (including Super Tweeters) and two seat-mounted bass transducers, with eight DSP sound modes and illuminated speaker grilles.

Complementing the Naim For Bentley audio system, customers can also specify Rear Seat Entertainment, consisting of a pair of tablets located on the back of the front seats to give access to the Bentley Multimedia System. The removable 10.2” Android tablets have 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth connections for effortless, high-speed on-board connectivity and facilitate access to the Google Play store whilst having their own internal memory for media, downloads and the full range of apps.

Beautiful Materials and Contemporary Design

Utilising the extensive specification offering, customers can choose between a selection of fifteen hide colours and eight different veneers to create an individual specification. Stitching and emblems can also be specified in blind or contrast colours, as well as the option of contrast piping to the seat covers – reminiscent of the original Flying Spur from the 1950s.

Building on the company’s heritage, Bentley’s craftsmanship also continues to evolve, delivering new contemporary features such as 3D leather door panels and lofted diamond quilting to the seats (included in the Mulliner Driving Specification).

“We wanted to take our tradition of quilting and push the envelope by moving the game on to the next level. The introduction of 3D leather quilting was a ground-breaking process – a totally fresh idea that had never been seen before” says Boydell.

To maximise the visual impact of the materials used throughout the cabin, an optional panoramic glass sunroof can be specified, flooding the interior with light and emphasising the design lines that flow from the new fascia connecting the front and rear passenger area.

The Next Stage

The new Flying Spur already offers the most customisable, comfortable and technology-driven cabin of any Bentley. The process of pushing the boundary never stops, and to ensure customers’ expectations are continually exceeded, more options to enhance the rear cabin even further are in development and will be revealed soon.

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The new flying spur in detail https://tiresandparts.net/news/the-new-flying-spur-in-detail-touch-screen-remote-brings-luxury-to-your-fingertips/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/the-new-flying-spur-in-detail-touch-screen-remote-brings-luxury-to-your-fingertips/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 15:50:00 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=31472 The new Flying Spur’s multi-functional Touch Screen Remote affords rear seat occupants unprecedented control over the car’s extensive range of luxury features, redefining precision control over passenger comfort. Encapsulating the remarkable attention to detail and use of latest generation technology that defines the user experience of the Flying Spur’s handcrafted cabin, the Touch Screen Remote […]

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The new Flying Spur’s multi-functional Touch Screen Remote affords rear seat occupants unprecedented control over the car’s extensive range of luxury features, redefining precision control over passenger comfort.

Encapsulating the remarkable attention to detail and use of latest generation technology that defines the user experience of the Flying Spur’s handcrafted cabin, the Touch Screen Remote (TSR) is as intuitive as it is beautiful, finished in polished metal embellished with diamond knurling.

At the touch of a button, the Remote deploys itself from atop the rear centre console, held in place by integrated magnets, ready to be utilised by the rear seat passengers.

The handheld Remote is a powerful computing device in its own right, with performance driven by a four-core processor and 1GB of onboard RAM. A pin-sharp 1280 x 720 pixel display forms the interface, and an integrated array of cutting-edge sensors including a three-axis accelerometer and a proximity sensor combine with haptic feedback to make the TSR easy and intuitive to use. A 3200mAh Lithium-Polymer battery guarantees continual operation for even the longest journeys without regular requirement for recharging.

From the class-leading comfort of their seat, passengers are able to configure their 14-way adjustable backrest and cushion, control six-setting seat heating and ventilation, five massage functions and armrest heating from a single screen, ensuring an exceptional level of personalised comfort.

The TSR grants passengers full control of air conditioning functions individually for both sides of the rear passenger compartment, including fan speed, temperature, air distribution and ionisers to enhance cabin air purity and passenger wellbeing.

Cabin lighting can be controlled either by day or by night. The TSR controls the Flying Spur’s glass-to-glass panoramic sunroof and windows to allow natural light to flood into the environment if passengers so wish. Alternatively, for a more subdued setting and for greater privacy, the Panoramic Sunshade and Rear Window Blinds are just a touch away. With optional Mood Lighting, rear seat occupants can tailor the ambient colour and intensity to their personal choice, whilst storing preferred setting as favourites.

The 2,200W and 18 speakers of the optional Naim for Bentley audio system are also at the fingertip control of the rear occupants via the TSR, alongside the Flying Spur’s full multimedia arsenal, all of which is conveyed to the user by a contemporary and intuitive graphical interface.

Rear seat passengers can access a variety of driver information via the TSR, traditionally only accessible to those in the driver’s seat. Current speed, journey information, outside temperature alongside a complete navigation interface allows the passenger to stay connected with their journey in the palm of their hand.

As a final feature, the Flying Spur’s Flying B mascot that adorns the bonnet can be retracted or deployed via the Touch Screen Remote, allowing the user to modify the front face of their car on demand.

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Bentley Unveils Gigapixel Image https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/bentley-unveils-gigapixel-image/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/bentley-unveils-gigapixel-image/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:18:12 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=20171 Bentley Motors has unveiled its ground-breaking new Gigapixel photograph, which is one of the most detailed landscape images in the world. A Bentley Flying Spur W12 S takes centerstage in the image against the backdrop of the luxurious Dubai Marina. When the image is zoomed out, the groundbreaking technology of the Gigapixel image which borrows […]

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Bentley Motors has unveiled its ground-breaking new Gigapixel photograph, which is one of the most detailed landscape images in the world. A Bentley Flying Spur W12 S takes centerstage in the image against the backdrop of the luxurious Dubai Marina. When the image is zoomed out, the groundbreaking technology of the Gigapixel image which borrows technology used by NASA allows viewers to explore Dubai to their heart’s content. Even the curvature of the earth can be seen beyond the image.

The new Gigapixel image showcases Bentley’s renowned attention to detail. The image also allows viewers to explore the Flying Spur W12 S  inside and out with a 360-degree film. The voice over for the film has been done John Paul Gregory, Bentley’s Head of Exterior Design. He explains the intricacies of the Bentley Flying Spur, the stunning Bentley Suite in the Dubai St Regis hotel and the new flagship Bentley retailer on the Sheikh Zayed road to the audience.

The one of its kind Gigapixel image was created with the same attention to detail that is seen in the production of every Bentley Flying Spur, which takes 130 man-hours to build.

Bentley captured this detailed image of Dubai by suspending a camera 264 metres up the Cayan Tower, which is one of the tallest buildings in Dubai. The camera used innovative technology to tolerate 40-degree heat that created a haze and 25 km/h winds which created unstable conditions. The Bentley team carefully stitched together an astounding 57.7 billion pixels to make a single composite image, with light levels also being painstakingly balanced across each pixel. The entire process took 48 hours and 1,825 frames to create. Saving the image to a disk took another 18 hours.

Unrivalled Attention to Detail – the Flying Spur W12 S

The Bentley Flying Spur W12 S is the star of the Gigapixel image. The model, like the image, demands immense attention to smallest detail from the craftsmen who make it. The Flying Spur W12 S is powered by a powerful 6.0-liter, twin-turbo W12 engine. Precise calibration and tuning is used to raise the engine power from 625 PS to 635 PS (626 bhp) and torque from 800 Nm to 820 Nm (605 lb. ft.) for a more dynamic drive. As full torque is available from just 2,000 rpm, driving the car is a totally effortless experience.

The Bentley Flying Spur W12 S can achieve a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph) and is the first four-door Bentley to exceed the 200 mph performance barrier. The car can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds). The new responsive suspension for the Flying Spur W12 S improves handling and enhances traction, and as an optional feature carbon ceramic brakes are available with red or black painted calipers. The new flagship Flying Spur W12 S has specific damper and stability control calibrations for a more engaging drive while its clever suspension set-up provides motorists who prefer comfort with a refined ride.

When it comes to exterior design, the car has an athletic stance due to its sharp feature lines and muscular rear haunches. The LED daytime running lights, subtle blackware elements and a choice of stylish alloy wheels giv eht emodel a modern, contemporary look.

The bolder design is reflected in the new gloss-black detailing on the bodywork, the unique leather stitching, and the exterior and interior styling. There is full exterior gloss blackware for the radiator and window surrounds, lights, rear bumper, door handle inserts and headlight washer caps. A new W12 S badge on the D-pillar features a black ‘S’, while the sporting front-bumper design, Beluga gloss rear diffuser and door mirrors, and gloss-black front radiator matrix are elements that have been borrowed from the Flying Spur V8 S.

 

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