Baby Bentley Blower

arrives as EV

Bentley Blower Junior, 2023, front
Bentley Blower Junior, 2023, side
Bentley Blower Junior, 2023, rear
Bentley Blower Junior with original Bentley Blower, 2023, front, action
Bentley Blower Junior with original Bentley Blower, 2023, front, static
Bentley Blower Junior with original Bentley Blower, 2023, side
Bentley Blower Junior, 2023, interior
Bentley Blower Junior, 2023, charging
Bentley Blower Junior, 2023, instrument panel

MINATURE car specialists The Little Car Company have teamed up with Bentley to produce a road legal 85 per cent scale recreation of the most famous Bentley in the world.

Powered by an electric motor and with a top speed of 45mph, the Blower Junior will be priced from £108,000 and has a range of 65 miles.

The baby Bentley was inspired by the Team Car No. 2 which is the most valuable and iconic Bentley in the world and insured for £25 million.

The original Team Car from 1929 was used by The Little Car Company, based in Bicester in Oxfordshire, to master the design of Blower Junior, with details recreated at a sizeable 85 per cent scale.

The result is a two-seat vehicle that will have even experts looking twice - with the car measuring 3.7 metres long and 1.5 metres wide.

At the front of the car, the supercharger now houses the charging port that connects the onboard charger to any Type 1 or Type 2 socket. It's surrounded by the famous Bentley mesh grille, in an authentic nickel-plated radiator housing.

The frame is painted steel, to which an authentic chassis specification is attached.

Leaf springs and scaled-down, period-correct friction dampers are fitted while Brembo disc brakes at the front and drums at the rear provide the stopping power.

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

The bodywork is crafted in two sections, and while the rear body structure is crafted 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 two-person cockpit is in a 1+1 layout, with a central adjustable driving position and the passenger travelling behind in the rear seat. An optional bespoke weekend bag fits behind, in the scaled down and repurposed fuel tank complete with lockable latch.

At first glance the dashboard looks like a scaled-down replica of the original, with engine turned aluminium forming the dashboard itself. The fuel pressure pump has been repurposed as the drive mode selector, with a choice of Comfort (2 kW), Bentley (8 kW) or Sport for maximum power of 15 kW.

Forward, neutral and reverse are selected via a lever that looks and feels like the ignition advance control from the original Blower.

Other switchgear for the headlights and indicators copies the form of the magneto switches from the Team Car, while the battery charge gauge recreates the original ammeter.

In a nod to modernity, a USB charging point is discreetly concealed until required, and a dual-function display that serves as a Garmin satellite navigation screen and reversing camera completes the cabin.

The first 99 examples of the Blower Junior will be a special run and feature First Edition badging on the hood, door sill plate and dash as well as an engraved and numbered ‘1 of 99' plaque.

All First Edition models will be finished in Blower Green, with matching painted chassis and wheels, and a Union flag hand-painted on both sides of the body as per the original, while the seats and interior are upholstered in the Dark Green Lustrana Hide used by Mulliner for the Blower Continuation Series.

The side panel and radiator carry the period-correct racing number, while the steering wheel is rope-bound in classic fashion.

The original Team Car No. 2 was restored in the 1960s, preserving much of its original patina.

Owned by Bentley Motors since 2000, it has had only minor cosmetic maintenance, and has competed in the modern Mille Miglia five times, has driven to Le Mans on several occasions and has also appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as well as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Team Car No. 2 inspired a highly exclusive edition of twelve Continuation Cars, each one an exact recreation handcrafted in the Mulliner Classic workshops using traditional techniques passed down through generations.

The Blower Continuation Series is the world's first pre-war continuation, and the final car is in the final stages of build now.

A second Continuation Series of 12 Bentley Speed Six models is currently in development.

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