Bentley has revealed the all-new Continental GT3 race car they are developing for the 2018 motorsport season.
The British car manufacturer will look to build on the success of their first-generation Continental GT3 race car that achieved 120 podium finishes and 45 wins across 528 endurance races. Here is what Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, had to say:
“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’s motorsport team have been working alongside their technical partner M-Sport to deliver something special. Derived from the latest Continental GT road car, the all-new GT3 car incorporates a lightweight aluminum structure that gives it a racing weight of less than 1300 kg.
The engine, which produces 550 bhp, is an evolved version of the outstanding 4.0-litre Bentley twin-turbo V8. It benefits from a reworked dry sump system, an all-new intake, and a fresh exhaust system.
Also, aerodynamic improvements have been made to the Continental GT3. Bentley has improved the exterior panels of the car to provide additional downforce. And, unique braking and suspension systems have been added to the car to help it perform at its best when competing in races.
Bentley Motorsport has confirmed that they will “run a pair of new Continental GT3 racers across Europe in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup again next year, and also compete around the world in the four-round Intercontinental GT Challenge.”
The new Continental GT3 is expected to make its race debut at the opening round of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza.