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Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Car Engineer

By Peter Robert Hill

One engineer’s account of a career at rolls-royce motor cars from 1958 to 1999.

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A description of the design, development, testing and production processes to inform existing and future Rolls-Royce and Bentley owners of the engineering effort expended to achieve the performance, comfort, refinement, safety, reliability and durability standards of the marques.

An account of the History Book System and built-to-order manufacturing procedure.

An inside view of the advanced concept cars designed, built but not manufactured.

An excerpt from Peter Hill’s - Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Car Engineer
After producing parts to the new design they were fitted to an SY development car. Initial tests
showed an almost complete absence of drive shaft vibration. However I decided to assess the
couplings at maximum speed. Fortunately the link road from Crewe to the M6 Motorway had
recently been completed and had a downhill straight of about 2 miles long. This enabled an SY to
easily reach an indicated speed of 125 mph, which was a true speed of about of 118 mph. As I
reached an indicated 120 mph, I glanced in the rear view mirror. What I saw was not a police car
but a cloud of white smoke that completely obscured any following traffic. Fearing imminent engine
failure, in spite of such an event being almost unheard of, I quickly reduced speed but to my
surprise nothing untoward occurred. However I limped back to the factory and with great
trepidation inspected the underside of the car. The rear was liberally coated with grease and its
charred remains on the exhaust system revealed the cause of the smoke trail. The source of the
grease was seen to be the failure of the inboard rubber gaiters. Obviously the centrifugal loading at
the drive shaft speed of about 1425 rpm was higher than that reached on the agricultural vehicle.

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