The new Bentley Continental GT3 will be heading GT and endurance races in 2018.
Designed to GT3 specifications, the Bentley Continental GT3 racecar has just arrived and it has dropped many jaws. The Continental GT3 is a lightweight, aerodynamic, twin-turbo V8 powered racecar which is set to compete in the 2018 motorsport season. M-Sport and Bentley Motorsport have collaborated to build the car and is currently going through further development before the 2018 season begins.
The car features Bentley’s 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 which is fitted with a new dry sump system, new intakes and exhausts which has resulted in over 550bhp, which will have to be brought down when the FIA restrictions apply in the respective racing categories the car will compete in.
Bentley's Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush comments: "After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we're excited to reveal our second-generation car. The new car leaves no area or system untouched in the search for even better performance, and the early test results are promising. The new Continental GT road car has proved to be a great starting point for the development of a new racer, and the engineering development work is true to Bentley's impeccable standards."
Bentley has removed the aluminium body and all-wheel-drive system for the Continental GT3 and dropped the weight of the car down to 1,300kg. to help with pushing the driven rear wheels to the ground, Bentley has bolted on a giant carbon fibre rear wing. The exterior body panels have been designed in the wind tunnel. The redesigned panels stay true to the standard road car’s design, while enhancing the aerodynamic flow around the car. The suspension and the brakes are completely brand new and bespoke to the GT3.
Bentley has taken the Continental GT3 through a six-month development process in the UK, France and Portugal. The upcoming development work for the Continental GT3 will include simulations for full 24-hour endurance races