New Bentley Race Car is Downright Mean Looking

New Bentley Continental GT3 racer revealed

New Bentley Continental GT3 racer revealed

The Bentley Continental GT may be a good-looking luxury grand-tourer, but it also makes a heck of a race vehicle.

Bentley Motorsport is now working with the M-Sport technical team to develop the new Continental GT3, which is now in the middle of a rigorous six-month testing period in Europe to prepare it for 24-hour endurance races. The new racer will be ready to tear up the track for the 2018 motorsport season in a cool silver and green livery.

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The auto is the second-generation of the Continental GT3 that Bentley Team M-Sport won the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup teams' title with this season.

Based off the 2019 Continental GT road vehicle, the new GT3 has a mostly aluminum structure. The vehicle also has the ideal weight distribution for racing according to Bentley. Previous Bentley racers were known for being on the porky side, but the new vehicle weighs less than 1,300kg in race-ready form - with power from the car's 4.0-litre V8 rated at "over 550bhp". With a new dry-sump system, new intake system and new exhaust system, the new Continental GT3 has unrestricted power rated at 550 bhp. Bentley says it weighs "significantly less" than 2,866 pounds.

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Bentley also updated the suspension and braking systems, which are bespoke to the GT3.

The racer is rear wheel drive and has a Ricardo 6-speed sequential transaxle, AP racing clutch, and paddle shifters for a pneumatic shifting system.

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Inside, there's a FIA-spec roll-cage and six-point harness, while under-the-skin upgrades include a lightweight racing battery, race-spec ABS and traction control, carbon fibre propshaft and four-way adjustable racing dampers. Bentley says that the racing vehicle has started a 6-month test program.

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