Who would you consider would be the largest producer of 12-cylinder engines in the planet? Mercedes? BMW? Ferrari? Believe once more: as you may well have guessed from the headline, it’;s Bentley. The point is that, even though all Bentley vehicles are produced in the United kingdom, its engines aren’;t: whilst the 6.75-liter V8 in the Mulsanne is created at home, the revolutionary 6.-liter twin-turbo W12 engine in Continental designs so equipped (like the newer 4.-liter twin-turbo V8) is shipped in from Germany. But that will not be the case any longer.
Bentley has just announced that manufacturing of the W12 engine is moving to its property base in Crewe by the end of this 12 months. The shift in production (which follows the migration of the Flying Spur from Dresden to Crewe in 2007) will create 100 jobs in the United kingdom – a nation which employs some 142,000 workers in the automotive sector – and generate as a lot of as 9,000 engines per 12 months. That in and of itself would account for the vast vast majority of the 10,000-plus automobiles Bentley produced last yr, but will also make Bentley an exporter of engines for the 1st time in its background.
Proper there at the factory, Bentley will match the engines into twelve-cylinder versions of the Continental GT, GTC and Flying Spur, and send some back to Germany for use in the Audi A8. Applications inside of the Volkswagen brand itself like the Phaeton and Touareg no longer use the W12 engine, but could conceivably use it yet again in the long term – they will just have to deliver them in from England is all.
– Bentley to become centre of excellence for W12 engines
– Bentley to export engines for the 1st time in its historical past
– 25 jobs across the business to be developed
(Crewe/London, 19 March 2014) Bentley has firmly reinforced its place as the world’;s greatest producer of 12 cylinder engines right after announcing its Crewe headquarters will grow to be the centre of excellence for the Volkswagen Group for all W12 engine manufacturing from the end of 2014 onwards. With this decision, Bentley will export engines for the 1st time in its background, producing all around 25 jobs across the enterprise.
Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, explained: “This is an critical stage, not just for Bentley but also for the Uk manufacturing sector. This W12 centre of excellence is recognition of the lengthy standing engine manufacturing experience we have that has resulted in functionality improvements across the model ranges more than latest years. The manufacturing of this innovative engine and its future generations will carry new technologies and capabilities to Crewe.”
Enterprise Secretary Vince Cable mentioned: “Our globe beating auto business employs 142,000 men and women in the United kingdom and is well worth £11.2 billion to our economic climate.
“With more than 4 out of every single 5 vehicles made in the Uk exported to the rest of the globe, the news that Bentley will now export engines as well is one more feather in their cap. The Government’;s Industrial Approach is supporting planet-class organizations like Bentley to create very experienced lengthy term jobs and market exports.”
The W12 engine is an superior 12 cylinder substantial overall performance engine in a special ‘W’; configuration. The engine provides higher amounts of power and torque. Bentley expects to produce up to 9,000 engines per 12 months at peak occasions.