Bentley awarded in Middle East and Britain: GT3 Racer revealed in LA
Bentley Motors, the famed British brand, has revealed that they have been awarded the prestigious Middle East Award. Bentley Continental GT V8 was the recepient of this award in the Premium Luxury Coupe category, beating rivals like Ferrari FF and Rolls Royce Phantom Series 11 Coupe. MEMA – Middle East Motor Awards jury consists of 17 highly regarded automotive journalists from 10 countries.
Another Bentley in Britain, the one which is the most expensive in the country, was named Car of the Year at the 2012 International Historic Motoring Awards. This 4 ½ Litre Supercharged Bentley was auctioned recently for £5 million at Bonhams.
Elsewhere in the US, Bentley is displaying its GT3 Racer at the LA Auto Show 2012. Bentley has made its name for its brand of luxury vehicles, is also well versed in endurance racing. Bentley will be back to car racing from next year in the US and this is what has prompted Bentley to display its Continental GT3 Racer here in LA, which was earlier seen at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
GT3 racer is similar in a number of aspects to Continental GT Speed which was Bentley’s fastest road car. The vehicle is an FIA approved concept and the company will begin track testing next year. Bentley’s Continental GT3 is built to perform at endurance races and also at outright speed races and will be eligible for various range of motorsports events which will also include the 20 Hours endurance races.
The vehicle boasts of a wide body, center locking wheels and a livery that makes it look supremely luxurious. It possesses a white body with carbon fiber accents seen on mirrors, front bumper, side skirts and rear diffuser. The road going version of Continental GT3 race car is also likely to follow and could possibly possess a 700bhp W12 engine with a price just under £200,000.