Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Bentley Continental GT3 race vehicle revealed

Bentley Continental GT3 race vehicle revealed

Bentley's previous Conti GT3 racer entered 528 races throughout its four-year lifespan, scored 120 podiums and 45 wins. Bentley Motorsport made the GT3 lighter by using carbon fiber body panels, stripping out the interior and returning with a gross weight of a mere 2,866 lbs (1,300 kg), which is an incredible diet of no less than 2,081 lbs (944 kg). The car's debut will be in the first round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza, where it will aim to begin a defence of the 2017 crown won by the old vehicle.

Suspension and braking systems are new and totally tailored to the Continental GT3, while a six-speed sequential gearbox replaces the road car's automatic unit.

The second-generation Continental GT3 comes off the back of four successful years with the first-gen auto, and will continue the brand's competitive efforts in endurance racing. The new auto leaves no area or system untouched in the search for even better performance, and the early tests are promising. Bentley Motorsport will run two new GT3s in the Blanpain series.

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Development has been led by Bentley Motorsport's in-house team alongside designers and technicians from technical partner M-Sport.

The all-new Continental GT3 has already started a six-month test program in the UK, France, and Portugal.

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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The Bentley Continental GT may be a good-looking luxury grand-tourer, but it also makes a heck of a race auto. The factory will not contest the Blancpain Sprint Cup next season.

The latest Continental GT3 is based on the new facelifted road-going model, which goes on sale next year.

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