Lyncar essentially took the front and rear subframes and tied them together with box-section spaceframe longerons, keeping the double wishbones at the front and trailing arms at the rear, though suspended by conventional coil-overs rather than the self-levelling struts found in the saloon.
The Bentley T-type Special’s body being built at Maurice Gomm’s workshop
The standard solid discs and calipers were retained, but without the Citroën-style high-pressure hydraulics, changed to a simple and conventional (in racing terms) dual-circuit system split front/rear, bias-adjustable via a balance bar between the master cylinders.
There’s even a handbrake. And a horn…
Just to complicate things, the team decided to supercharge the car, in the spirit of the ‘Blower’ Bentleys that Eastick Snr so admired.
“He wanted a vane-type blower,” son Ben confirms.
Alan Padgett’s original sketches for the Bentley show the ambition to get the main weight as close as possible to the car’s centre line
The Wade unit sits in front of the engine, just as in the pre-war Amherst Villiers design, directly driven from the front of the crankshaft.
That limits revs, and therefore boost, but there were 6.2 litres to play with, so it wasn’t considered to be too much of an issue.
The compressor sucks through a pair of 2in SU carbs, just like a vintage ‘Blower’.
For the transmission, the close-ratio four-speed from a Bentley R-type Continental was selected, though in hindsight it would probably go just as well with a GM Hydramatic as fitted to post-’71 Shadows and Ts.
Rolls-Royce recommended that the original pushrod V8 engine should not be revved above 5000rpm
This has to be inverted to bring the gearchange up on the left, leading to that reversed gate, but a pivoted linkage returns it to normal at the driver’s end of the lever.
Sorting the induction was one of the biggest headaches.
Originally, Barry Eastick wanted to try injection or turbocharging, and even asked Mercedes for advice for the former.
For the latter he was told that Crewe wasn’t sufficiently far down that road, though its efforts eventually resulted in the Mulsanne Turbo.