Bentley Motorsport has rolled out an all-new Continental GT3 racecar, currently in development for the 2018 season. The second-generation Continental GT3 is the latest dedicated racecar in the Bentley motorsport lineage that includes the 4½ Litre, Speed Six and Speed 8 Le Mans winners. The first-generation Continental GT3 has proven to be a championship-winning endurance racer, scoring 120 podiums and 45 wins across 528 races around the world to date.
“After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we’re excited to reveal our second-generation car." said Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush "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.”
Development of the new car was led by the engineers of Bentley Motorsport’s in-house team based in Crewe, together with designers and technicians at Bentley’s motorsport technical partner, M-Sport. The new car has been designed from the new Continental GT road car, utilizing it’s mostly aluminium structure as the foundation to deliver a race-ready weight of significantly less than 1300 kg (2866 lbs) and helping to deliver an ideal weight distribution for racing. The engine is a new development of the race-proven 4.0-litre Bentley twin-turbo V8, with a totally redesigned dry sump system and all-new intake and exhaust systems. Unrestricted power is in excess of 550 bhp.
Exterior aerodynamic surfaces have been crafted in the wind tunnel and are based on the shape of the road car, enhancing the exterior panels with aerodynamic devices for additional downforce. Suspension and braking systems are new and bespoke to the Continental GT3.
The new race car has already started a six-month test program completing test work in the UK, France and Portugal. Upcoming development work includes full 24 hour endurance race simulations.
Bentley Motorsport also announced its plans for the 2018 season which include running a pair of new Continental GT3 racers across Europe in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup again next year, and also compete in the four-round Intercontinental GT Challenge.
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