Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Covers 455 Miles In One Trip Across Iceland Using Only Renewable Energy
Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid covers 733 km (455 mile) in one trip across Iceland using only renewable energy.
The Hybrid GT drove across Iceland in one stint using second generation biofuel and geothermally-sourced electricity
45 % reduction in CO2 on Well-to-Wheels basis vs ordinary gasoline demonstrates the environmental credentials of 2nd-Gen biofuel.
Bentley’s Beyond100 strategy continues to come to life after a prototype Flying Spur Hybrid completed a dramatic test across Iceland using geothermal energy and a 100 per cent renewable, second generation biofuel made of waste straw.
The Azure Purple Flying Spur Hybrid covered the 733 km (455 miles) required to drive across Iceland in a single stint, validating both of the grand touring range of new Hybrid and of Bentley’s research into biofuels that can be used without engine modification.
The renewable fuel used conforms to the same EN228 standard as ordinary pump gasoline. It was created entirely from waste biomass (e.g. straw) at no cost to food production or the natural ecosystem.
The combination of this fuel and the Flying Spur Hybrid’s intelligent electrified powertrain meant an overall reduction of 45 per cent in CO2 emissions on a well-to-wheels basis over the course of the adventure.
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Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation for Iceland, witnessed the Flying Spur Hybrid’s journey and comments:
“It was great to see the car make the 733 km journey across the country on renewable electricity and green renewable fuel. Driving through the countryside with waterfalls on your left, and volcanos to the right you can visually see where the energy is generated directly, from nature. I think this is the best definition of sustainable energy. Iceland wants to be part of the environmental solution and help others use the knowledge and renewable sources we have here.”
The Flying Spur Hybrid represents Bentley’s next step on a journey to becoming the world’s most sustainable luxury mobility company. Market introductions across the world begin in 2022. This will see all models in the range offered with a hybrid powertrain by 2024, ahead of the company’s first full BEV by 2025.
Bentley’s Member of the Board for Engineering, Matthias Rabe, comments:
“With the launch of the Flying Spur Hybrid we now have a hybrid range at Bentley, and with this challenge we’ve proved the real benefit of a hybrid – the ability to have an unimpeded grand touring reach of more than 450 miles, while still having usable electric-only range for urban environments.”
“It’s truly the best of both worlds, especially when the use of innovative second generation biofuel means a huge drop in CO2 emissions. We’ll continue working with such fuels in the coming months as part of our development process, with the end goal of a customer-facing solution.”
The Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid uses a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with an advanced electric motor, delivering a total of 536 bhp (544 PS) and 750 Nm (553 lb.ft) of torque – an additional 95 bhp in comparison to the Bentayga Hybrid.
The latest hybrid model gives little away to the Flying Spur V8 in acceleration, passing 60 mph from a standstill in 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.3 secs) and on to a top speed of 177mph.
The new Flying Spur becomes the most efficient Bentley ever having the capability to cover 700 km when fully fuelled. It is available to order in most markets, but is currently not available in EU27, UK, Switzerland, Israel, Ukraine, Norway, Turkey and Vietnam.
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