The world eagerly welcomed the extraordinary new Continental GT – now expectations are running equally high in anticipation of the astonishing new Continental GT3 race car. It is currently in development for the 2018 motorsport season and follows on from the already formidable Continental GT3. The pedigree is world class, with the current car being a proven championship-winning endurance racer, scoring 120 podiums and 45 wins across 528 races around the world to date.
The standard is high. But the team is aiming higher still. Development of the new car has been led with passion and innovation by the engineers of Bentley Motorsport’s in-house team based in Crewe, and supported across the car by designers and technicians at Bentley’s technical partner, M-Sport.
The new GT3 race car was developed in tandem with the recently launched Continental GT road car, and the performance learnings are many. It utilises the mostly aluminium structure to deliver a much lighter, race-ready weight of significantly less than 1300 kg together with a more even weight distribution – ideal for racing. The engine is a new development of the race-proven 4.0-litre Bentley twin-turbo V8, with a redesigned dry sump system and all-new intake and exhaust systems. Unrestricted power is in excess of 550 bhp, fuel consumption is improved and despite reduced exhaust noise the sound is still unmistakably Bentley.
Highly optimised road car intercoolers are utilised in the Continental GT3 to provide optimum engine performance. Exterior aerodynamic surfaces, based on the sleekly refined lines of the road car, provide additional down force. New suspension and braking systems are also bespoke to the car.
Brakes: Alcon ventilated iron disc brakes front and rear, Alcon six-piston front calipers, four-piston rear calipers, driver-adjustable brake bias