The Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible driven by Bentley Team M-Sport race driver Steven Kane went up against a Saudi Arabian train in a 480 km race. Despite the unforgiving heat, the endurance race driver and his blue luxury convertible managed to beat the train by 6 minutes.
The race started at Riyadh railway station and ended at Dammam railway station. With this race, Bentley paid tribute to a similar one that took place 85 years ago. In 1930, three-times Le Mans winner Captain Woolf Barnato raced the Blue Train across the English Channel from Cannes to Calais and won with 4 minutes to spare.The Bentley raced against a Saudi Arabian dune locomotive that plies the 480 km distance between Riyadh and Dammam.
Speaking about his experience of racing against the train in hot Saudi Arabia, Steven Kane said:
Four hours is the same time as a stint at Le Mans. But this was far more stressful. The heat, the conditions, not knowing where the train was, while driving within the limits of the country’s regulations. It was a race like no other. I hope Barnato would be proud.
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The convertible is powered by a 4-litre V8 twin-turbo petrol engine which produces 526 PS and 600 Nm of torque. The GT can accelerate from rest to ton in just 4.7 seconds and is capable of hitting a top speed of 308 kmph.