Falconry aficionados rejoice, Bentley has created the ultimate in-car falconry kit, housed inside the new Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner. Hand-crafted by Mulliner, the car features a bespoke installation in the rear which houses all the equipment required for an enjoyable falconry expedition.
The Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner is defined by the duo of individual natural-cork-fabric-trimmed units: a master flight station and a refreshment case, both sit on a movable tray that allows for easy access. Inside the master flight unit is a special Piano Black veneered drawer – with a saker falcon crest – containing bespoke storage for all the equipment required for this unique sport. Beneath this is a laser-embossed Hotspur hide stowage tray with individual compartments for a GPS bird tracking unit, binoculars and hand-crafted leather bird hoods and gauntlets, all of which are available as an additional option.
The refreshment case houses three metal flasks and durable cups, a blanket and refreshing face cloths. Both cases are stored in a special natural-cork-fabric-trimmed case which slots into a hard pocket built into the side of the boot. Natural cork fabric was selected to trim the various elements thanks to its luxurious feel, warmth and sustainable qualities.
Inside the Bentayga’s Hotspur-hide-trimmed cabin, there is a removable transportation perch and tether on the central armrest, and an exquisite example of Mulliner’s skill with marquetry. The sweeping desert scene – featuring a soaring saker falcon – was created using 430 individual pieces of wood sourced from all over the world and hand-crafted over nine days.
The specific breed of falcon used in the Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner marquetry is the saker Falcon. Woods from all around the world were used to create the piece including Chestnut, Eucalyptus Pommele, Holly, Lacewood, Maple, Olive Ash and Ripple Sycamore. The vanes of each individual feather are achieved by cutting the shape from specific veneers. Sand shading (a classic hand-crafting technique which enhances definition) adds a darker gradient to the tips of the wings, creating shadow and the illusion of depth. Each of the 430 pieces used in the saker falcon marquetry inlay has undergone four separate processes of cutting, sand shading, pressing and double cutting – before being assembled by hand over nine days. Before the finished inlay is pressed and lacquered, checks are made under magnification to ensure that the fit of each piece is perfect and that aesthetically the grain direction and sand shading are even and consistent.
The Bentayga Falconry offers the widest range of on- and off-road drive settings of any vehicle via Bentley’s Drive Dynamics Mode and optional Responsive Off-Road Setting. Up to eight modes are available, allowing drivers, at the simple turn of a dial, to select the perfect dynamic set-up for any surface or road condition. This versatility is complemented by Bentley Dynamic Ride (electrically activated 48V active roll control) and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS).
The Responsive Off-Road Setting allows to select the appropriate vehicle settings for a wide range of off-road surfaces, while the Driver Information Panel displays information on pitch, roll, wheel articulation, steering angle, compass bearing and altitude.