Bentley Continental GT3 Concept racer ready for testing before track day
Motorsports forms a vital part in the history of Bentley. The company has ensured that the GT3 is complete in all respects to compete where power, weight and aerodynamics is concerned. The vehicle is powered by a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 engine mated to a six speed sequential racing gearbox.
The Bentley GT3 Concept Racer made its official global debut at Paris Auto Show in September 2012. Ever since then, a team of engineers from the company have been striving to get the vehicle ready for action on the tracks. Following dedicated and concerted efforts of Bentley GT3 technical partner M-Sport Ltd1, this high performer is now close to track ready.
Bentley Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush has been at the helm of this project. He is known for his performance and victory at Le Mans in 2003. He said, “Motorsport is an integral part of Bentley, and the performance and endurance qualities of all of our road cars reflect this racing heritage. Not one single part of the GT3 has escaped our attention, and the result is a car that can compete with the field in terms of factors such as power, weight and aerodynamics.”
Performance is enhanced by way of double wishbone suspension and four way adjustable dampers besides competition brakes. Equipment and parts of the road car have been removed which has contributed to reduction in weight of over 1000 kgs. GT doors have also been replaced by race version doors weighing 12% of the original weight. Testing of the race ready Continental GT3 is scheduled to take place soon as it gears up for its race debut.