OPTIMISING DRIVE DYNAMICS AND RIDE COMFORT
The third generation Flying Spur has one of the most advanced chassis in the world, encompassing a host of new systems to help ensure exciting driving dynamics and optimum levels of comfort, for both driver and passengers alike.
In a car that delivers the best of both luxury and performance worlds, the chassis systems play a key role by providing a number of different chassis set-ups at the same time. The Flying Spur doesn’t simply deliver an extremely comfortable ride, but it also surprises with regards to its handling performance and its capability on twisty roads.
Both front and rear axles are lightweight aluminium construction, with double wishbone and multi-link suspension designs respectively. The front axle has a rigid, bolted aluminium sub-frame to support the W12 engine and also mounts the electric-assisted steering gear.
Three chamber air springs are fitted to a Flying Spur for the first time and contain 60 per cent more air volume compared to the previous generation model. This allows more scope when electronically tuning the suspension, to improve the ride comfort and dynamic behaviour of the car. For a softer, more comfortable ride the full volume is used, while a sportier set-up is enabled by switching off some of the air volume.
Continuous Damping Control allows continuous regulation of the dampers in the air suspension system. Four ride height sensors constantly measure the distance between the axle and the body. If the system detects a difference compared with the normal height, the air volume in the springs is corrected accordingly to restore normal height and to use the full wheel travel for maximum ride comfort.
The world-first Bentley Dynamic Ride System, shared with the latest Continental GT, is similar to that of Bentley’s drive-anywhere Bentayga SUV. The system is designed to dramatically improve both handling and ride comfort.
A 48V system controls electronic actuators on the roll bar of each axle. In the centre of the roll bar, an actuator unit controls the stiffness of the bar, changing stiffness on demand to combat cornering forces and keep the Flying Spur level by offering strong anti-roll in any drive mode.
A key advantage of this system is that roll bar stiffness can now be controlled, tuning the dynamic character of the car as required. The technology can reduce or even eliminate body roll, and makes the car feel much more agile to drive.
Available for the first time on a Bentley, Electronic All-Wheel Steering is an all-new feature that enhances both stability at highways speeds and low-speed manoeuvrability. During low-speed manoeuvres, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels. This has the effect of shortening the wheelbase, reducing the turning circle (11.05m), increasing agility and making parking noticeably easier.
During high-speed manoeuvres, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels, increasing stability and making overtaking and lane-changes more assured. It means no compromise between high speed confidence and low speed convenience.
The chassis benefits from the use of lightweight materials, leading to weight savings of more than 11 kg on the front axle. Further enhancements see friction reduced by the use of optimised wheel bearings and improved brake clearance. The new Flying Spur is equipped with high profile tyres that not only deliver exceptional levels of comfort, but which are also designed to further minimise rolling resistance.
For exceptional stopping power, the new Flying Spur also features the largest iron brakes in the world, which it shares with the new GT. The diameter of the brakes has been enlarged to 420mm in response to the increased performance of the car. Standard fit is gloss black, with gloss red finish optional.