Finding inspiration in art
From the outset, the Bentayga was going to be revolutionary. And a revolutionary car warrants a revolutionary approach, in every aspect of its development. When it came to designing the camouflage that would disguise the car during its open-air tests, inspiration was sought in the art world: in particular, the work of 1960s Op Art pioneer Bridget Riley, famous for her use of optical illusions in her paintings.
The concept behind the Bentayga’s camouflage was inspired by Op Art, but the detail of the design itself based was on Bentley’s own heritage. The team examined some of Bentley’s most recognisable visual icons: the Flying B, the matrix grille pattern and the diamond quilting design used in Bentley’s most luxurious interiors. The resulting pattern was twisted into a lattice, the aim being to evoke topography while at the same time, affecting the shimmering appearance of snakeskin.