The all new Bentley SUV model is spotted under heavy disguise
The first engineering simulator of the brand new 200 mile per hour SUV from Bentley has been spied being tested, ahead of it's sales for late 2015. Disguised inside the bodywork of the Audi Q7 is the running gear, electrical system and the power train of the brand new Bentley model.SUV models have become quite popular over the recent number of years with companie such as Nissan and BMW having success in that particular field so what has gone into this brand new model that helps Bentley burst onto the SUV market with a bang?
Features and selling points of the new Bentley SUV
Due to the production tools for the Bentleys body not being available as of yet, engineers are using the structural base of the Audi to start work on the new running gear of the SUV, which in particular calibrates the rather complex electrical system, which will be featuring way over 50 ECU control brains.
With the vital functions of the model being electronically controlled engineers can fine tune key items such as steering, transmission, damping, traction and stability control and air conditioning from inside the car by a laptop.
What else should you look out for with the Bentley SUV?
The mule appears to have had a role to evaluate the cooling of the engine due to the front end of the Audi model being modified, with generous vents also being below each headlight. The Bentley is likely to be equipped with a W12 twin turbo engine and the inter cooler will have to be fed cooling air on the test prototype of the car. Other details at the front of the model will also be appearing to be related to airflow management and cooling into the engine bay and under the floor of the SUV.
One of the main jobs with regards to engineering on the new Bentley model will be the evaluation of aerodynamic performance, tyre longevity and engine cooling at the planned 200 mile per hour top speed, which allegedly was written into the technical specification of the model in 2013.
The air suspension will have to be electronically controlled in order to lower itself as the speed rises automatically.
Whilst the engineering work is set so that the optimum height can be done in the design lab then to prove that performance matches calculations then the engineering simulator is needed.
Due to today's vehicles having so many ECU control units along with monitoring systems the hard drive that is mounted on the boot collects information from the production electrical system via the diagnostic plug.