Feature Flick: Bentley Mulsanne Makes Pilgrimage to Le Mans Namesake

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Bentley has a storied history with the 24-hour Le Mans, including its participation in the very first race in 1923. Bentley has raced its way to six first-place titles, including a 1st and 2nd place win in 2003 with its Bentley Speed 8 race cars.

The automaker hasn’t participated in the race since, but as a reminder and a tribute to its involvement with Le Mans, Bentley often names its flagship sedans after well-known sections of the race course. The Bentley Mulsanne is its newest flagship and is named after the French town of Mulsanne. The city sits along the race’s Mulsanne straight and Mulsanne corner, where cars are pushed to the limit under full throttle and hard braking.

“We were very proud that Bentley has chosen once again the name of Mulsanne for its car,” said Jean-Claude Ferre, mayor of Mulsanne.

The journey starts at the Bentley factory in Crewe, England and includes a ferry-ride over to France before reaching its destination in Mulsanne. In addition to the new Mulsanne, the caravan included a Speed 8 race car and a variety of past and present vehicles in Bentley’s line up that were driven by members of the Bentley Driving Club.

Source: Bentley

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