Next week's ACCE to feature Bentley keynote

Antony Dodworth of Bentley Motors will discuss alternative materials and design concepts for the T35 vehicle at the SPE's Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) Sept. 15-16 in Troy, Mich.

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The SPE (Troy, Mich., USA) has announced that Antony Dodworth, principal research manager at Bentley Motors Ltd. (Crewe, Cheshire, U.K.), will give a keynote address at the 10th-annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE, Sept. 15-16, Troy, Mich., USA) entitled, “The Birth of the T35 Sports Car: It Took Courage to Release from the Familiar & Seemingly Secure to Embrace the New” – about work on a new vehicle scheduled to launch in 2016.

The company has used a steel monocoque body shell for all its vehicles since the T-series debuted in 1965, but in 2005 the company established a research group to investigate and recommend alternative materials and design concepts, which will be used for the first time on the new T35 vehicle.

Dodworth, who also gave a well-received technical presentation at the 2009 ACCE on some of Bentley’s innovative work with carbon composites, is the 2010 conference’s luncheon speaker on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

For more information about the SPE ACCE, visit the Automotive Division’s website at www.speautomotive.com/comp.htm, or the Composites’ Division website at www.compositeshelp.com/, or contact the group at +1 248-244-8993.