New Bentley Continental GT3 race car revealed
Bentley Motorsport has revealed an all-new Continental GT3 race car, shortly in improvement for the 2018 Motorsport season. Based on the fresh Continental GT road car, the second gen Continental GT3 is the latest dedicated race car in an acclaimed Bentley motorsport lineage. The 1stgen Continental GT3 has established to be a championship-winning endurance racer, scoring 120 podiums and 45 wins across 528 races around the world to date.
Brian Gush, Director of Motorsport, Bentley said, “After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we’re excited to reveal our second-generation car. The new car leaves no area or system undamaged in the search for even better performance and the early test results are promising.” The new Continental GT3 Racer is built on the MLB platform which also does duty on the Porsche Panamera. As far as the design is concerned, the new car gets its front wheels positioned slightly forward, which results in a slightly lower body-work and a longer front bonnet along with shorter overhangs.
Designed by Bentley and its partner M-Sport, the Continental GT3 looks like its road-going namesake, but its body has been redesigned for maximum downforce, and features a large carbon-fiber rear wing and diffuser, and other aerodynamic adjustments. The exterior aerodynamic surfaces are based on the sleekly refined lines of the road car, which provides additional down force. New suspension and braking systems are also bespoke to the car. The engine is a new development of the race-proven 4.0-litre Bentley twin-turbo V8, with an excess power of 550 bhp. The engine is mated to rear wheel drive, Ricardo six-speed sequential transaxle gearbox, AP racing clutch, steering wheel mounted paddle-operated pneumatic gear shift.
Braking power comes from ventilated iron discs at all four corners, with six-piston callipers at the front, four-piston units at the rear, and a driver adjustable braking bias. Development of the new car has been led by the engineers of Bentley Motorsport’s in-house team based in Crewe, together with designers and technicians at Bentley’s motorsport technical partner, M-Sport. The new Continental GT3 will generate its race debut at the opening round of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza.