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August 22, 2023

This Scaled Down Bentley Blower Is Road Legal And Fully Electric

The Little Car Company specializes in building “junior cars” in partnership with some of the most iconic car manufacturers including Ferrari, Aston Martin, and even Tamiya. Most of the time, they’re not road legal and are basically a plaything for kids and kids at heart.

However, for their latest project with Bentley they went a step further and the result is this 85 percent recreation of the 1929 4 ½ liter supercharged Bentley Blower—The Little Car Company’s most sophisticated car and their first road-legal creation.

Crafted by hand and adorned with details all inspired by the original Supercharged 4 ½ liter ‘Blower’ Team Car No. 2, the Blower Jnr measures in at 3.7 meters long and 1.5 meters wide—like a A-segment hatchback. It’s a fully-electric car running on a 48-volt architecture. Its 20-horsepower motor means a top speed of up to 72 km/h (market dependent). It even has a maximum cruising range of up to 105 kilometers.

The Blower Jnr’s frame is painted steel, to which an authentic chassis is attached. Leaf springs and scaled-down, period-correct friction dampers bring a comfortable ride, while Brembo disc brakes at the front and drums at the rear provide the stopping power. The electric motor is mounted across the rear axle, while the 10.8-kWh battery and drive electronics are all housed in a hidden undertray.

The bodywork is crafted in two sections, and while the rear body structure is crafted in carbon fiber rather than being an ash frame, it’s covered in impregnated fabric, just as the original. The hood, with its multiple cooling louvres, is hand-crafted in aluminum using traditional techniques and fastened with leather buckled bonnet straps. The two-person cockpit is in a 1+1 layout, with a central adjustable driving position and the passenger travelling behind in the rear seat. An optional weekend bag fits behind, in the scaled down and repurposed fuel tank complete with lockable latch.

At the front of the car, the supercharger now houses the charging port that connects the onboard charger to any CCS Type 1 or Type 2 socket. It’s surrounded by the Bentley mesh grille, in a nickel-plated radiator housing.

At first glance the dashboard looks like a scaled-down replica of the original, with Engine Turned Aluminum forming the dashboard itself. The fuel pressure pump has been repurposed as the drive mode selector, with a choice of Comfort (2 kW or 2.68 horsepower), Bentley (8 kW or 10.72 horsepower), or Sport (15 kW or 20 horsepower). Forward, Neutral, and Reverse are selected via a lever that looks and feels like the ignition advance control from the original Blower. Other switchgear for the headlights and indicators copies the form and materiality of the magneto switches from the Team Car, while the battery charge gauge recreates the original ammeter.

A USB charging point is discreetly concealed until required, and a dual-function display that serves as a Garmin satellite navigation screen and reversing camera completes the cabin.

Given the complexity of the Bentley Blower Jnr., it won’t come cheap. It starts at USD 90,000 (P 5.068 million). While that may sound expensive, it’s way more affordable than Bentley’s USD 2.1 million “Blower continuation” cars or the original Bentley Blower which is appraised upwards of USD 31.9 million (P 1.795 billion).

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