Bentley Blower Jnr starts 8,000km durability testing with a Christmas mission

LONDON: The Bentley Blower Jnr has begun 8,046km of durability testing across three continents.

The mission started with a seasonal twist – the collection of a Christmas tree from the snowscape of Switzerland, for the joint Christmas party.

Inspired by Team Car No. 2, the most famous, valuable and iconic Bentley in the world, the Bentley Blower Jnr is a collaboration between The Little Car Company and Bentley’s Heritage Collection.

The durability programme will include real world driving and usage at different proving grounds before the start of production in 2024.

The 85 percent scale recreation of 1929 4½-litre Supercharged Bentley will be put through extensive testing, including seatbelts ensuring road legality for the EU L7e Type Approval.


The Bentley Blower Jnr is built around a 48V electric powertrain with a 15 kW (20 bhp) motor, meaning a top speed of 72 kph in the UK and EU (40kph in the USA due to legislation) and an expected range of around 104km, with tandem seating for two adults.

Made by hand, from materials to match the original, the Bentley Blower Jnr consists of over 700 parts.

The bodywork is constructed in two sections, and while the rear body structure is created in carbon fibre rather than being an ash frame, it’s covered in impregnated fabric, just as the original.

The bonnet, with its multiple cooling louvres, is hand-crafted in aluminium using traditional techniques and fastened with leather buckled bonnet straps.

The Bentley Blower Jnr includes an authentic specification chassis using leaf springs and scaled-down period-correct friction dampers.


Brembo brakes at the front and drums at the rear, provide all of the stopping power necessary.

The electric motor is mounted across the rear axle, while the batteries and drive electronics are all housed in a hidden undertray.

Bringing the legendary 1930s period car to life in modern times has presented challenges, specifically lighting, occupant restraints and the reduction of non-compliant edges.

However, there are now five prototype Bentley Blower Jnrs undertaking activities globally for durability and retailer activations, with a special homage Bentley Blower Jnr in the making.

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