Bentley, surprise, surprise, will celebrate its centenary year at Geneva with something inspired by its Le Mans history. The English carmaker’s teaser video contains a number of historical elements that we don’t know how to line up with the grille of the modern Bentley featuring a “9” graphic. The narrator detailing the early Le Mans race mentions 60 entries, but Le Mans never fielded exactly sixty entries during Bentley’s fame-making days. The closest we could get was the 1925 race, the year after Bentley’s first win, which saw 55 cars line up. But in 1925, the No. 9 Bentley had to retire after 13 hours when it caught on fire during a fuel stop.
Instead, Bentley could be referring to the next evolution of its race cars. The brand won Le Mans with the Speed 6, and used the Speed 8 to win the 2003 race.
Italdesign has gone even more cryptic with its teaser. The styling house most recently known for the Lamborghini Huracán-based Zerouno in 2017, and the Zerouno Duerte and Nissan GT-R50 in 2018, is promoting something else with serious wing. We’ll guess it isn’t another Zerouno derivative because of the wing stanchion. Freezing a few of the frames reveals background lines that make whatever’s coming look highly racy.
We’ll get answers in the city by the lake. And most likely, a few more teasers before then.