The Bentley Continental GT was always one of my favorite GT3 cars. Thanks to the magic of today’s GT3 regulations and Balance of Performance, this big brute can race with Porsches, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis. It was already a monster, then it got the Pikes Peak treatment.
Bentley this year is aiming for a Time Attack I record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and to do that, you need downforce. Lots of it. Prepped in concert with GT3 customer team Fastr, it looks like someone wedged a car between enormous dive planes and a gigantic diffuser. I love it. And the wing is apparently the largest ever fitted to a Bentley, which is entirely unsurprising when you look at it.
The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 will be modified to cope with high altitude as well, and Bentley plans to run the car on some sort of biofuel to promote its new green initiatives. Various fuel types are being tested right now, and Bentley says that running the GT3 Pikes Peak on biofuel will hopefully contribute to an 85-percent reduction in greenhouse gasses. The car is being tested in the U.K. currently, but it will be sent to the U.S. in the near future for development at high altitude. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.