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Old 8 Sep 2011, 21:40 (Ref:2952927)   #31
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Autosport ran a story on it today hinting at an LMP comeback. No new information or confirmation, just that they expect to be back racing within 5 years. Brian Gush quoted in the article admits he has no idea where they will race.
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Old 8 Sep 2011, 21:56 (Ref:2952933)   #32
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Autosport ran a story on it today hinting at an LMP comeback. No new information or confirmation, just that they expect to be back racing within 5 years. Brian Gush quoted in the article admits he has no idea where they will race.
Autosport is no better than forum speculation.
If Bentley was going to return, it would be on Audi or Porsches expense. I know this was also said about the Audi/Porsche rumors, but VAG is not going to let 3 marques run with full out budgets against each other!
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Old 9 Sep 2011, 05:17 (Ref:2953009)   #33
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Perhaps they can fund it themselves? I'm not certain, but isn't Bentley profitable enough?
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Old 9 Sep 2011, 08:00 (Ref:2953021)   #34
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I don't believe it will happen....... but running 3 marques in one championship using some common parts and infrastructure would still be cheaper than a full blown F1 project and just maybe they feel with enough manufacturers and promotion they can raise the profile enough to make the marketing side worth it.
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Old 9 Sep 2011, 08:41 (Ref:2953027)   #35
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I don't believe it will happen.......
I think it could happen. I still have my suspicions regarding Audi's long term plans in the top category.
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I think it could happen. I still have my suspicions regarding Audi's long term plans in the top category.
I can see you crossing your fingers and hoping that your beloved team make a prompt return, but i still think it unlikely unless the other VAG teams withdraw.
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Autosport is no better than forum speculation.
If Bentley was going to return, it would be on Audi or Porsches expense. I know this was also said about the Audi/Porsche rumors, but VAG is not going to let 3 marques run with full out budgets against each other!
There are quotes from two of the top people at Bentley, one favours LMP, the other GT.

The question of VAG having three LMP teams is raised, while any GT entry would be based on a new, lighter, road car.
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Which is cheaper? I'd say the LMP's route. Developing a new car then racing variant would be no cheaper. Though it may make more sense.
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Which is cheaper? I'd say the LMP's route. Developing a new car then racing variant would be no cheaper. Though it may make more sense.
They wouldn't develop a new road car just to go racing, but if they are planning a new smaller GT car for the road then they may take it racing.

I think being the type of prestige brand it is, from a marketing and image perspective Bentley needs to be in the top class. I would not be surprised to see Bentley and Porsche in LMP and Audi going to GTE
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If Audi weren't in LMP they'd go to F1, they already compete as a factory in production based racing with the DTM.
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If Audi weren't in LMP they'd go to F1, they already compete as a factory in production based racing with the DTM.
DTM has a very limited market and is little known outside Germany. You may be right about F1, but I think that is more likely with VW, but that doesn't rule out GTE in what may be a return to a more customer based operation
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They wouldn't develop a new road car just to go racing, but if they are planning a new smaller GT car for the road then they may take it racing.

I think being the type of prestige brand it is, from a marketing and image perspective Bentley needs to be in the top class. I would not be surprised to see Bentley and Porsche in LMP and Audi going to GTE
I didn't imply they'd make a road car just to race it. I said it'd be the more sensible route that you have a road car in the first place, then able to use that as a base for a GTE model.
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Now old, but no one has linked it: http://www.autoweek.com/article/2011...#ixzz1XVpdYsJY

It includes the quotes from Gush & Durheimer.

If it comes at the expense of Audi, then I hope it doesn't happen.
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It looks like a Dakar rally programme is favourite:

http://www.racecar-engineering.com/n...ally-campaign/

But it doesn't really fit with their brand image does it?
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It looks like a Dakar rally programme is favourite:

http://www.racecar-engineering.com/n...ally-campaign/

But it doesn't really fit with their brand image does it?
It doesn't, but if they do have a SUV in the pipelines, it could be a good thing to market!

H*ll, Lotus are going "rallying".
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