As Bentley lifts the lid on its new Flying Spur luxurious saloon, we chat to the automotive’s designer, Stefan Sielaff, concerning the difficulties of working with aluminium, the mannequin’s similarities with the Continental, and Bentley’s upcoming cenetenary idea.
How related is the Flying Spur to the Continental GT?
“The Continental, GTC and Flying Spur have been developed in parallel. There must be a household feeling however we’re not speaking about twins right here. The one design carry-over are the door handles and mirrors. Inside, the Flying Spur is clearly from the identical Bentley household however the inside is a little more wealthy. The GT’s focus is on sportiness and efficiency, whereas the Flying Spur is for patrons who need extra ornament.”
Do you will have a favorite Flying Spur element?
“It’s at all times troublesome to reply that but it surely was such an extended course of to develop the brand new Flying B [emblem], and it’s such a narrative for the model and never simply Flying Spur. The air vent inside with the 5331 diamond [shapes] is one other stand-out for me.”
What was the most important design problem?
“Three-dimensional surfaces in aluminium are arduous to attain – it’s not very design-friendly in contrast with metal. The superforming expertise we developed is just doable due to our low-production volumes. The rotating show was additionally a problem. There are legal guidelines the place a reverse digital camera has to indicate in a single second as soon as the automotive is in reverse – that’s arduous if the show is just not already on the touchscreen.”
What are you able to inform us about Bentley’s centenary idea being revealed in July?
“It’s a manifesto for a way we see Bentley sooner or later. We don’t need to present a spaceship. It must be one thing that everybody is aware of is a Bentley and that the expertise we present [is credible]. It’s not solely a design assertion however a press release for the corporate.
“It’s about sustainability, social accountability, native sourcing, supplies. It’s an enormous change in our pondering as a result of society is altering.”
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