Prospective Bentley designers have shown off their vision for a future how a future Bentley should look.
Four of London’s Royal College of Art (RCA) Vehicle Design Course masters students have been shortlisted from 18 entrants in the Bentleys of the Future competition being run in conjunction with the Crewe-based company.
Two of the four entrants will win a six-month secondment at Bentley’s design studio working under head of exterior design Raul Pires.
Pires has already helped the students refine their designs and extensive aerodynamic work on the student’s concepts has taken place in a virtual wind tunnel.
Dale Harrow, head of the RCA, said: “Working with Bentley has inspired these young designers to create a coupe for the 21st Century that embraces the latest aerodynamics technology.
“The Vehicle Design Course attracts postgraduate students from across the world and it has been fascinating to see them make a connection with a British marque that has such a distinguished heritage.”
The four finalists are Bora Kim, David Seesing, Marten Wallgren and Mikka Heikkinen.
Korean Kim’s entry allows the user to select their preferred engine for any particular journey, while Swede Wallgren has created his vision for the next Continental GT.
German Seesing’s and Finn Heikkinen’s designs are both built around maximising aerodynamic efficiency.
“The RCA has an enviable reputation for attracting some of the best young design talent, with many of their graduates going on to work for the world’s leading car manufacturers,” said Pires.
“The outstanding quality of work meant we have offered an extra place. These four finalists have captured the essence of our brand, recognising what makes a Bentley instantly recognisable on the road.
“Just as importantly, they’ve grasped that excellent design should always seek to enhance a car’s handling and performance, as well as optimising its environmental credentials.”