Bentley has unleashed its ultimate race car, the new Continental GT3, currently in development for the 2018 motorsport season. The second-generation Continental GT3 is the latest dedicated racecar in an acclaimed Bentley motorsport lineage that includes the 4½ Liter, Speed Six and Speed 8 Le Mans winners. The first-generation Continental GT3 has proven to be a championship-winning endurance racer, scoring 120 podiums and 45 wins across 528 races around the world to date.
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 has been designed from the new Continental GT road car, utilising it’s mostly aluminium structure as the foundation to deliver a race-ready weight of significantly less than 1300 kg and helping to deliver an ideal weight distribution for racing.
The engine is a new development of the renowned and race-proven 4.0-liter Bentley twin-turbo V8, with a totally redesigned dry sump system and all-new intake and exhaust systems. Unrestricted power is in excess of 550 bhp.
Exterior aerodynamic surfaces have been crafted in the wind tunnel and are based on the shape of the road car, enhancing the muscular exterior panels with aerodynamic devices for additional downforce. Suspension and braking systems are new and bespoke to the Continental GT3.
The new racecar has already started a six-month test program to pick up the mantle from its championship-winning predecessor, completing test work in the UK, France and Portugal. Upcoming development work includes full 24 hour endurance race simulations.
Bentley Continental GT3 Specifications
Engine: 4.0-litre direct injection twin-turbo V8, Cosworth engine management system
Power: Approx. 550 bhp derestricted
Oil System: Dry sump
Transmission: Rear wheel drive, six-speed sequential, AP racing clutch, steering-mounted paddle-operated pneumatic gear shift
Drivetrain: Carbon fiber propshaft, limited slip differential
Suspension: Double wishbone suspension front and rear, four-way adjustable racing dampers
Steering: Electric power-assisted steering
Brakes: Alcon ventilated iron disc brakes front and rear, six-piston front calipers, four-piston rear calipers, adjustable brake bias
Safety: FIA-specification steel roll cage, six-point FIA safety harness, onboard fire extinguisher, onboard pneumatic jack system
Fuel System: FIA-specification racing fuel cell
Electronics: Race-specification Bosch ABS and traction control. Lightweight race battery.
Wheels: BBS Motorsport 18” x 13” rims
Tyres: 355 / 705 R18
Aerodynamics: Carbon fiber front splitter, rear wing and body panels. Lightweight, aerodynamically-optimised bumpers, bonnet, sills and fenders
Length: 4860 mm
Width: 2045 mm
Height: 1355 mm
Weight: <1300 kg