Bentley Motors and The Little Car Company have teamed up to create an 85 percent scale version of the iconic 1929 4½-litre Supercharged Bentley, dubbed 'Blower Jnr'. The car is inspired by Team Car No. 2, the most famous and valuable vehicle in Bentley's heritage collection, and the result - although we would of course prefer to see a real engine in it - is quite good.
The Blower Jnr is equipped with a 15 kW electric motor and a 48V electrical system, enabling it to reach a top speed of 45 mph (72 km/h) in the UK and EU and 25 mph (40 km/h) in the US due to legislation. The expected range is approximately 65 miles, with room for two adults in a tandem seat. It is The Little Car Company's first fully street-legal vehicle and the most advanced city car ever built.
The craftsmanship and attention to detail are breathtaking. Every part of the car is handcrafted from authentic materials to get as close to the original as possible. The body is divided into two parts, with the rear half made of carbon fiber, but covered with impregnated fabric, just like the original. The bonnet, with multiple cooling louvres, is handcrafted from aluminum and fastened with beautiful leather straps with buckles.
The driver and passenger sit in a 1+1 arrangement, with a centrally adjustable driver's seat and the passenger sitting in the back. Behind the seats is a specially designed duffel bag that fits into the downsized and redesigned fuel tank, complete with locking latch.
The charging port is ingeniously hidden in the 'supercharger' housing, and the dashboard is an exact replica of the original, made from Engine Turned Aluminium. The fuel pressure pump has been converted into a drive mode selector, with a choice of Comfort (2 kW), Bentley (8 kW) or Sport for a maximum power of 15 kW.
The first 99 units of the Blower Jnr will be First Edition models, featuring First Edition badging on the bonnet, scuff plate and dashboard, as well as an engraved and numbered '1 of 99' plaque. All First Edition models are finished in Blower Green with matching painted chassis and wheels, and a Union Jack hand painted on both sides of the body.
The Blower Jnr will make its world debut at Monterey Car Week for a group of 100 VIPs, and production is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2024, starting with the 99 First Edition models. What do you think of the result?
|Scale||85% of the original|
|Motor||15 kW electric|
|Top speed (UK and EU)||45 mph (72 km / h)|
|Top Speed (US)||25 mph (40 km / h)|
|Seats||Tandem for two adults|
|Body material||Carbon fiber and impregnated fabric|
|Production starts||Q2 2024|