Bentley unveils next-generation Continental GT3

Bentley unveils next-generation Continental GT3

Bentley unveils next-generation Continental GT3

Revealed a couple of months ago, the all-new Bentley Continental has already been given a GT3 racing version.

Brian Gush, Bentley's director of motorsport, said: "After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we're excited to reveal our second-generation auto".

Bentley's motorsport heritage is long and storied, and includes iconic racers like the 4 ½ litre, Speed Six and Speed 8 Le Mans winners. This is the second-generation of the Continental GT3, with the previous iteration of the rather large racecar having scored 120 podiums and 45 wins in 528 races entered.

The new Continental GT3 is, of course, based on the Continental GT road auto, and takes full advantage of the vehicle's new aluminium structure. A mostly-aluminium structure will allow the Bentley to weigh in at "significantly under" 1,300kg, which compares well with the 1,315kg at which the vehicle raced in Blancpain for the majority of the 2017 season.

Bentley Motorsport is now working with the M-Sport technical team to develop the new Continental GT3, which is now in the middle of a rigorous six-month testing period in Europe to prepare it for 24-hour endurance races.

"After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we're excited to reveal our second-generation auto", said Bentley Motorsport Director Brian Gush. The new vehicle leaves no area or system untouched in the search for even better performance, and the early tests are promising.

Customers will be able to buy this for racing in June 2018 as the model is still going through testing, and Bentley will be racing the model in the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup Series.

At present the second-gen Continental GT3 is completing a six-month testing programme in France, Portugal and the United Kingdom, which will eventually include a 24-hour race simulation too.

The Bentley Continental GT3 is one of the coolest race cars around.

The powerplant features a new dry sump system and intake and exhaust systems, and is capable of producing more than 550 bhp before Balance of Performance restrictions.

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