Touring Superleggera’s New Partner in Singapore

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EuroSports Auto Bentley Project

Touring Superleggera has appointed EuroSports Auto Pte Ltd as exclusive dealer in Singapore, also for Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Established in 1926 and recognized worldwide as one of the top Italian car designers and body manufacturers, Touring specializes in combining refined Italian styling with state-of-the-art engineering and craftsmanship to body manufacture one-offs or very limited edition supercars.

Bentley Continental Flying Star by Touring Superleggera
“Singapore is the ideal starting point to market our product in the area – states Touring’s CEO, Piero Mancardi – Customers here appreciates exclusive design, uncompromised quality, the skill of craftsmen and the value of traditions, all typical values of our brand. The opening ceremony of the dealership gives us the opportunity of introducing the heritage of Touring Superleggera to the most demanding collectors in the region.”

For the dealer opening ceremony, Touring Superleggera displays Bentley Continental Flying Star, the first high-performance shooting brake of this century. This limited edition supercar (only 19 units will be built) is designed and body manufactured under the supervision of Bentley Motors for engineering and quality, entitling the Flying Star to Bentley warranty and after-sales service. It takes more than 4000 hours of highly skilled handicraft work to complete the car, complying with the highest quality standard. The Italian style and refinement, combined with the British technological perfection, make the Flying Star a true collector’s item though perfectly functional for everyday use.

Moreover, a portfolio of exclusive designs to be executed in one unit only will be privately shown to the discerning Far Eastern commissioners willing to discuss the project of their next one-off supercar.

EuroSports Auto Pte Ltd
Incorporated in 1998, EuroSports Auto Pte Ltd enjoys an established and successful track record as the representative of many luxury European automotive brands.

EuroSports Auto is proud of its excellent customer relationships, facilitated through a sophisticated Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system and the passionate efforts of its management team.

With a long-term vision for the future, EuroSports Auto has invested considerably in putting the right people in place to ensure the very highest standards are maintained in technical expertise, product knowledge, and service excellence.

The Bentley Continental Flying Star by Touring

The ingredients of the car’s success are multiple.

“Before all, the strong and unmistakable design was much appreciated – notes Piero Mancardi, CEO of Touring. It combines elegance and sportiveness. It is timeless, and perfectly in line with the Touring heritage. Moreover, the very limited production is a parameter for collectability and a driver of the car’s future value, though the Flying Star is very practical and fit for everyday use. In fact, the compliance with Bentley Motors’ quality and engineering standard allows for warranty and service through the regular Bentley dealer network. Commissioners also appreciate the value of the 4000 hours of handwork by a team of extraordinary craftsmanship, inheriting 85 years of experience and tradition.”
The concept of shooting brake combines a two-door, high performance sports car with a wide and accessible luggage compartment, which is fit for the longest of travels.

The project history
When an avid and passionate collector with a taste for special body manufacturing first met Touring Superleggera, an interesting creative process emerged involving parameters for design, proportions, vehicle concepts and – last but not least – feasibility and technical factors.

The basic idea was to diversify Bentley’s very successful Continental model range, and to explore a design concept baptised as shooting brake: a sports car featuring enough space to join a hunting party or a golf tournament with elegance and efficiency. Touring Superleggera explored the same field back in 1966, resulting in the amazing Lamborghini Flying Star II prototype. It was a dramatic interpretation of a sports car based on a new 2-volume design, safeguarding the dynamic performance. The Flying Star reference is a Touring parameter of sportive elegance, applied to many famous cars since the company’s start in 1926.

Many steps from design to execution were shared with the customer, who contributed his own ideas and taste to personalise the project and create a unique automobile.

The Bentley challenge
The Bentley Continental range set innovative and high standards for a new generation of very sophisticated Grand Tourers. The GTC convertible, featuring a very rigid platform, proved to be a fully congruent basis to Touring Superleggera’s plans for the new Flying Star.

The project required the modification of a number of external dimensions starting from the car’s A-pillar backwards: extended roof line, a wider section including the doors, new aluminium door skins and a new all-aluminium, electrically operated tailgate. It also includes a completely new rear compartment with two foldable rear seats and a variable loading space.

This long list of modifications and transformations has to remain fully compatible with the donor car’s technical layout and components. Given the sophistication of the basic car, a new challenge was laid out for Touring’s craftsmen and engineers. The final result proves that special body manufacturing can live on well into the 21st century, working with respect to the original manufacturers.

The engineering team at Carrozzeria Touring is particularly pleased with the quality assurance support from Bentley engineers.

Project Engineering
The body engineering processes at Carrozzeria Touring are aimed at safeguarding key parameters for quality, safety and feasibility, within the perspectives of low-volume automotive production. The project went through 1:4 and 1:1 modelling, based on the CAD and CATIA data from the basic vehicle. This digital basis resulted in a milled 1:1 master model and a number of 1:1 moulds for the manufacturing of the new external skin, and for important new body components. The rear bodywork was reinforced with an integrated structure between the rear suspension domes, functioning both as roll bar, and as support for the new, extended roofline.

All structural additions and modifications were thoroughly studied, using advanced simulation methods and FEM-analysis. As a parallel process, these data served for the homologation of the structural changes, including the new foldable rear seats. An important number of hard points from the basic car could be saved and carried-over.

Design
‘Variations on a theme’ not rarely implicate a larger design challenge than starting-off with a white sheet of paper. The basic mission was to create a body incorporating the essence of Touring elegance and harmony, while clearly recognizable as a Bentley. This task was challenging because a fully new volume had to be added to the GTC basis. The proportions were totally new, but the overall design had to be kept consistent. That is why only the section in front of the car’s A-pillar, including the windshield has been maintained.

Viewed from the rear, the new tailgate dives between the wide rear wings. The oval rear light chrome bezels are a reference to Bentley fastback cars of the 50’s. The side view features a low roof, prominent quarter panel shoulders and wide wheel arches, suggesting perfectly mastered energy.

The Touring Superleggera designers were challenged by the target to give the new interior equal elegance, whether the back of the rear seats are folded or not. The solution was to design an “S” shaped trim of the rear quarter panels linking the passenger area to the rear luggage area. The beige and dark green leather contrast also adds to this visual unity.

First time ever in this class and size, the twin individual rear seats fold completely to create a flat loading surface more than 2m long with 1200lt capacity. This fulfills the functional mission profile, which requires loading in full comfort a wide array of leisure equipment, including 4 full golfing bags with the rear seats up. An example of bespoke finish is the woven leather boot carpet offering superior endurance and coordinated with the special luggage set.

The overall result is perfectly in line with the Touring and Flying Star heritage: a timeless shape, a design statement combining elegance and sportiveness, with a strong and unmistakable own personality and individuality.

Personalisation
Each unit of the series will be unique. Customers are actively involved in the early stage to choose the specifications of their own collector’s item, ranging from two-tone, glossy and matt painting to bespoke cabinetry and trim plus a wide choice of dedicated options. The accessory collection includes the Touring designed luggage set coordinated with the boot trim.

Manufacturing
When digital technologies are blended with traditional manufacturing skills, a fascinating process emerges that is typical for Touring Superleggera. A discriminating factor for traditional body manufacturing is the vast amount of handwork involved in the creation of a new body. In this process, multiple practical solutions are also found for a wide variety of minor technical issues. This includes quick, practical solutions based on years-long experience, common sense and an expert eye.

The result is a final product entirely produced within the high quality parameters of today’s automotive industry.

From the A-pillar backwards, new exterior body panels are hand shaped in steel – including the roof, new wider rear wings, and the internal reinforcements of the complete rear section of the car. Aluminium is used for the door skins, and for the complete rear bonnet including its structure. New, handmade brightwork is added according to the new exterior design.
The all new rear compartment requires shaping of the foldable rear seats and a full set of interior panels, leather trimmed with meticulous care. Wide leather hides are selected with great attention to provide uniform finish to the vast continuous surfaces.

After inspection, the body in white is prepared and painted in the Touring state-of-the-art paint facilities.

The car is signed off by Bentley Motors quality engineers at five distinct stages: Body In White, pre- and after-paint, final assembly and full functional test.

Touring Superleggera is particularly proud of the fact that the complete productive cycle of the special body manufacturing process is realized in their factory near Milano. Modern body engineering goes hand in hand with traditional handicraft skills, maintaining the highest quality directives for the final product.

Performance
The Bentley Continental Flying Star by Touring inherits the chassis of the Continental GTC in all available versions. The 6-liter, W12 engine ranges from 560PS to the staggering 630PS of the most powerful Bentley ever, the Supersports. Torque delivery varies from 650 to 800Nm translating into effortless accelerations and a sense of endless power reserve.

Performance braking, cornering and traction functions mesh together to provide precise and immediate driving control under extreme or difficult conditions.

Self-adjusting air springs and electronic dampers operate independently for each wheel. All-wheel drive promotes advanced traction.

Homologation, service and warranty
The model is CEE homologated according to the recent low-volume production directive. As such, it is street legal in all Countries accepting the CEE type approval. For the first time ever, the type approval was awarded without destructive test, using simulation and FEM-analysis.

The car is serviced at the Bentley dealers. Bentley Motors and Touring Superleggera have developed a special mutual warranty program, which safeguards warranty clauses for both the basic car, and the transformation by Touring.

Technical information
(where appropriate based on a Continental GTC Speed)

ENGINE

Capacity 5998 cc W shaped 12 cyl.
Max.Power 610 PS/449 kW @ 6000rpm
Max. Torque 750 Nm @ 1700-5600rpm

DRIVELINE AND TRANSMISSION

Continuous all-wheel drive
6-speed automatic transmission

PERFORMANCE

Max. Speed 322 km/h
Acceleration 0-100km/h 4.8 seconds

DIMENSIONS

Overall length 4815 mm
Width 1943 mm
Overall Height 1395 mm
Min. Boot volume 400 L
Max. Boot volume 1200 L

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