A collaborative design project with Bentley, explore a new aerodynamic lead design direction for Bentley using Exa aerodynamic evaluation software. Develop a 2D design proposals and a digital design for a Bentley coupe that speaks to lean mid 21st century tastes, and that truly embraces aerodynamics to both reduce energy consumption and form part of a future Bentley design aesthetic.
Inspired by the original Speed 6 driven to victory by the Bentley Boys of the 20s at Le Mans, the Speed IV concept is an overtly sporting vehicle with the raw aggression of a pure blood racer, whist retaining the refined elegance of past Bentleys. Close attention was paid to refining the aerodynamic properties of individual design component of the vehicle.
Aided by specialist EXA evaluation software PowerFlow, the aerodynamic properties of the Speed IV was developed over a period of 2 months and 3 simulations. The software simulates the aerodynamics of my proposed design at a digital model stage. The advantage being that it enables two-dimensional models to be accurately tested for their aerodynamic performance without having to make an actual real-life car.