Bentley Continental GT3 Race Car Enters its Second Generation

Gwen Vasquez
November 12, 2017

Bentley first introduced a GT3-spec Continental GT racing auto in 2012 and has been a favourite among privateer teams across Europe.

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

This is the second generation Continental GT3 racecar that finds its spot in the lineage along with the 4 1/2 liter, Speed Six, and Speed 8 Le Mans winners that came before it.

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. The previous generation Continental GT3 was a championship victor in the endurance racing world with 120 podiums and 45 wins across 528 races globally. Teams running Continental GT3's have scored 120 podiums and 45 race victories in 528 races.

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It has the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as the Continental GT V8, with a Cosworth engine management system, and when not restricted to GT3 guidelines, produces around 542bhp.

"After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we're excited to reveal our second-generation vehicle", says Bentley's Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush.

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 new vehicle leaves no area or system untouched in the search for even better performance, and the early test results are promising". Bentley is eyeing the Blancpain GT Series Endurance the most, and thus the new GT3's inaugural race will occur at Round 2 of Blancpain at Monza on April 22.

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