Bentley Speed 8 

  • built in England
  • 2003
  • 600 HP 4.0L
  • 215 mph
Bentley Team Director John Wickham commented: 'The new car clearly has great potential, the drivers are very happy with the progress we are making, particularly its aerodynamic balance.
In all other significant respects it is a new design from the ground up.

Road Tests Real world tests of the Bentley Speed 8

Top speed

Speed 8
215 mph
Mustang GT 5.0
151 mph

Data points Key details of the Bentley Speed 8

Number built

Speed 8
5 cars
300 cars


Speed 8
600 HP
987 HP
Nissan 350Z
283 HP

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Bentley Speed 8
Underneath the new skin the 4-litre engine has been re-engineered around the new regulations for 2003 that dictated a ten per cent reduction in engine restrictor size across all classes competing at Le Mans.
To achieve this, the external cockpit area has been much reduced - though the car is actually more spacious inside - making a smaller hole in the air and allowing the car to use a much smaller, more aerodynamic engine cover.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Bentley
Type of car Race car
Year 2003
Number built 5 cars

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 3.31 lb/hp
Maximum hp 600 HP
Maximum torque 590 ft-lb @ 7,500 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 4,000 cc
Cylinders V8
Fuels Gas
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,984 lb
Width 78.3 in
Length 182.9 in
Wheelbase 107.7 in

road tests

Top speed 215 mph


Chief designer Peter Elleray


Drivetrain RWD
Gearing Traditional

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 457/? 311
Rear wheels 457/? 330
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