Friday, December 9, 2011


Bentley was founded in 1919, and in addition to being known for its ultra high-end automobiles, also produced rotary engines during World War I. It was purchased by Rolls-Royce in 1931, and the two brands co-existed together until 1998 when they were purchased by the Volkswagen Group. BMW, however, retained the rights to the Rolls-Royce name, and the two brands were eventually split apart in January 2003

Launches next spring, Ford

Ford Racing has announced plans to offer a new lineup of 2.0-liter four-cylinder crate engines.

The first naturally-aspirated engine will be launched next spring and it will feature direct injection and twin independent variable valve timing. Performance specifications haven't been finalized, but Ford expects the engine to produce 160 (119 kW / 162 PS) to 175 hp (131 kW / 177 PS) and 145 to 155 lb-ft (196 to 210 Nm) of torque.

Later on, the engine lineup will be expanded to include EcoBoost (turbocharged) variants.