Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Bentley's new Continental GT3 race vehicle is ready to compete

Bentley's new Continental GT3 race vehicle is ready to compete

Look for the new Bentley Continental GT3 to appear on-track in various racing series starting next year.

Racing coupe Bentley Continental GT3 of the second generation have lost the powerful 6.0 W12 engine, which is installed on civil version of the model.

The car's aerodynamic surfaces have been crafted in the wind tunnel and are based on the shape of the road vehicle - only the race version's increased visual muscle is not just for show. 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). Power comes from Bentley's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, redesigned with a new dry sump oiling system, a new intake system, a new exhaust system, and a Cosworth ECU.

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

"The new auto leaves no area or system untouched in the search for even better performance, and the early test results are promising". Previous Bentley racers were known for being on the porky side, but the new auto weighs less than 1,300kg in race-ready form - with power from the car's 4.0-litre V8 rated at "over 550bhp".

The new Continental GT3 will race across Europe in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in 2018.

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While the exterior styling is naturally derived from the new model, the race car's underpinnings have benefitted from the update too: aluminium construction is said to have improved the weight distribution, for example.

It has already started a six-month test program in the UK, France and Portugal, while it is set to complete 24-hour endurance race simulations soon. A price for the vehicle has yet to be announced, but Gush promised that it would be "competitive".

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

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