Bentley Unveils New Continental GT3 Concept Racer
Bentley first introduced the Continental GT back in 2002 at the Paris Motor Show. Now, ten years on, Bentley is doing it again with a Continental-based GT3 race car currently being developed by a dedicated motorsport team at the company’s factory in Crewe.
Signalling Bentley’s return to the racetrack for the first time since a sixth Le Mans victory in 2003, the Continental GT3 aims to remain true to the company’s founding motorsport philosophy of developing racing cars from their road-going counterparts.
Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, comments: “The clear message from our customers is that Bentley belongs on the racetrack, and the Continental GT3 is the realisation of a dream we’ve had ever since the launch of the Continental GT. The new GT Speed is the perfect car for us to develop into a racer, and our work so far has shown huge potential. The Continental GT3 is set to show the world what the Continental GT is capable of in its most extreme form, and establishes a solid foundation for Bentley’s long-term motorsport plans.”
The Continental GT3 concept capitalises on the performance of Bentley’s Continental GT Speed, the fastest road-going Bentley ever, while tailoring its specification for the track with the adoption of a rear-wheel drive chassis in accordance with the regulations, motorsport hardware and a comprehensive aerodynamic package. The livery of the car enhances the sculpted form of the Continental GT Speed.
With the Continental GT3 concept receiving the full support of the FIA, Bentley is returning to the motorsport arena towards the end of 2013. The new Bentley competitor will be eligible to race in a range of race series and events, up to and including 24-hour marathons.
Heading the development of the Continental GT3 is Bentley’s Director of Chassis, Powertrain and Motorsport, Brian Gush. Having led the programme that saw a brace of Bentley Speed 8 prototype racers take a one/two at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003, Brian is set to lead Bentley’s return to competitive racing.