Little Automobile Firm returns with child Bentley Blower

The U.Okay.’s Little Automobile Firm has added the long-lasting Bentley Blower to its rising checklist of scaled-down replicas.

Unveiled on Thursday throughout 2023 Monterey Automobile Week, the most recent reproduction is roughly 85% the dimensions of the unique supercharged 4.5-liter inline-4 Bentley of 1929, although it does not run on gasoline.

As a substitute it depends on a 20-hp electrical motor to cart it round, with Little Automobile Firm quoting a variety of 65 miles and a prime pace of 45 mph. The corporate additionally claims the reproduction, dubbed the Blower Jnr, is street-legal within the U.S. however with its prime pace capped at 25 mph as a consequence of laws.

Two individuals can sit within the automobile, in a tandem place, and there is even a devoted house for baggage.

Little Car Company Bentley Blower Jnr

Little Automobile Firm Bentley Blower Jnr

The unique Blowers, nicknamed due to the supercharger the automobiles used, was made well-known by Henry Ralph Stanley “Tim” Birkin, who raced one throughout Europe within the Twenties and early ’30s, together with within the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

To make sure authenticity, Little Automobile Firm labored carefully with Bentley’s heritage division to make sure the design and supplies match the unique. The job was made simpler as Bentley itself created a continuation collection of the unique Blower a couple of years in the past and had all the required scans and detailed drawings on file.

For the Blower Jnr, many of the development was executed by hand. Specs embody a metal body, a leaf-spring suspension, and even scaled-down, period-correct friction dampers. Some trendy components are used, similar to Brembo brakes and the aforementioned electrical powertrain. Carbon fiber can be used for the rear fame as an alternative of wooden like the unique, although a cloth cowl is used, which was additionally the case for the unique.

Little Car Company Bentley Blower Jnr

Little Automobile Firm Bentley Blower Jnr

For the sprint, there’s engine-turned detailing, identical to the unique. Nonetheless, as an alternative of the unique gasoline strain pump, the reproduction has a drive mode selector. Gear choice is dealt with by a lever that appears like the unique’s ignition advance management, whereas different switchgear, similar to for the lights and indicators, are all copies of the unique.

Little Automobile Firm plans to start out manufacturing within the second quarter of 2024. Pricing hasn’t been talked about.