As the owner of a handcrafted Bentley vehicle, you are the beneficiary of a rich and successful racing heritage. Years prior to World War I, W.O. Bentley imported and raced French automobiles made by Doriot, Flandarin & Parant (DFP).
During a visit to the DFP home office in France, Bentley handled an aluminum paper weight and pondered the possibilities of using the lightweight metal to produce motorsport engines. Of course, industry leaders scoffed. “Aluminum is too weak, too soft and prone to meltdown”, they said. Not one to be discouraged, Bentley began to experiment with fortifying aluminum using other metals. When he tried mixing copper with aluminum, he hit the jackpot. He had discovered an alloy compound that was substantially lighter than steel, had excellent heat dissipation properties and was durable enough to withstand motorsport usage.