Bentley’s twin-turbo 4.0L V8 engine will power the new Continental GT3 race car, the Crewe-based company has unveiled ahead of its return to track racing.
It’s being developed jointly between Bentley and GT3 technical partner M-Sport Ltd. The car will be 1,000 kg lighter than its road-going counterpart, achieved by removing equipment such as double glazing, more than 50 electronic control units and extensive electrical systems. The doors weigh 12% of the originals and are made of carbon fibre along with the boot lid and bonnet.
Power will be delivered, as expected, via a six-speed sequential racing gearbox and the car will feature double wishbone suspension, four-way adjustable dampers and competition brakes.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, who took the company to victory at Le Mans in 2003, said: “Motorsport is an integral part of Bentley, and the performance and endurance qualities of all of our road cars reflect this racing heritage. Not one single part of the GT3 has escaped our attention, and the result is a car that can compete with the field in terms of factors such as power, weight and aerodynamics.”
The Continental GT3 will soon be ready to begin a test programme ahead of its race debut. More details and specification of the Continental GT3 are due to be released soon.