Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation Lecture - The History of Another Dimension - 50 Years of Bentley's V8 Engine

22 January 2009

Dr Ulrich Eichhorn's lecture covers the original design and development of the Bentley V8 engine, from its introduction in 1959, in their S2 model, through to its present day form in the newly launched Bentley Brooklands coupe.

With contributions from several senior figures involved with the engine's evolution over the last 50 years, the talk describes how a well thought out concept and its careful execution have carried the design through to 2009, while other contemporaries have long since fallen by the wayside.

The talk details how this iconic design continues to power its 4th generation of flagship luxury motorcars half a century on, having gained power and torque increases of over 150% through a combination of displacement increases, fuel injection, turbocharging and intercooling whilst simultaneously remaining compliant with the latest European and US emissions limits.

Meet the Speaker

Dr Eichhorn is Engineering Member of the Board for Bentley Motors Limited. Originating from Obenburg, Germany Dr Eichhorn began his career at Ford in 1993 where he worked up from Development Engineer to Manager of Vehicle and Chassis Engineering. In 2000 he moved to Volkswagen AG where as Executive Director Research his main project was alternative powertrains and fuels, including “SunFuel”, the W12 Sportscar and 24-hour world-record; “1-litre-car”. Dr Eichhorn joined Bentley in 2003 where he has worked on the launch of the Continental GT, design and development of Flying Spur, the concept, design and development of Continental GTC, Azure, Brooklands and Continental Speed models.



: Dr Ulrich Eichhorn, Engineering Member of the Board for Bentley Motors Limited

Duration: 1 hr 19 mins