Five years ago, Bentley presented the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept at the Geneva Motor Show. It presented a look at the styling of the Continental GT and another design element we haven’t seen on production Bentley vehicles yet – until now.
For the first time in the industry, Bentley introduced a three-dimensional wood panel in the Flying Spur. 3D-machined lumber was first featured in the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, which has now made its way into the new Bentley flagship.
The 3D wood veneer joins the Bentley Mulliner “collections” which include a host of options for the Flying Spur. It will be installed in the aft cabin, more precisely on the door panels. Of course, it will inherit the diamond-shaped pattern, but instead of using a high-quality leather material, Bentley will use handcrafted wood, made from a single block of durable wood of American walnut or American cherry. .
According to Bentley, the entire design took 18 months of product development by expert technical craftsmen. Bentley Mulliner took this as a challenge, bringing the once concept to reality.
The process was not a walk in the park, as you would expect. Bentley said operators were carving the wood with a multi-axis machine to at least 0.1mm – less than the thickness of a human hair. The finishes were done by hand for a more impeccable finish. An open pore lacquer is then applied for a refined and natural look.
Brett Boydell, Bentley’s head of interior design for the Flying Spur, comments:
“Three-dimensional wood is the next interior design element we’ve taken from the concept car idea to production reality. It works in perfect harmony with the three-dimensional leather quilting throughout the Flying Spur’s cabin and creates an environment even more special for those who are driven. “
When it comes to durability, Bentley said American walnut and American cherry wood comes from North American hardwood forests. Both are also popular growing stock in North America, providing an abundant supply of sustainable timber.