14/06/2021

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New Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak racer packs over 750bhp

Bentley is readying alone for a operate up the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb later on...

Bentley is readying alone for a operate up the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb later on this month, with a specially modified edition of its Continental GT3 racer developed to operate on artificial gasoline, and has verified some of the specs for its new challenger. 

The Continental GT3 Pikes Peak for 2021 is run by a specially tuned edition of its twin-turbocharged four.-litre V8 engine, which has a greater compression ratio, a more robust carbon fibre inlet manifold, 1-off titanium exhaust manifolds and more substantial turbos to develop more enhance.

The result is “more than 750bhp” and an huge one,000Nm of torque – and Bentley suggests it strategies to turn up the wick even more for the celebration. The use of renewable artificial gasoline has the probable to slash the car’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to eighty five percent, statements the model. 

The Continental GT3 Pikes Peak is primarily based on a seriously modified edition of the street car’s chassis. Apart from the new race livery, the most apparent improve is the aerodynamic package deal, which has been oversized to cope with the thinner air (and consequently significantly less downforce) readily available near the top of the 14,000 ft-high Pikes Peak study course. 

The large rear wing is complemented by a two-airplane entrance splitter, a large rear diffuser and all manner of vents and channels developed to suck turbulent air entrance underneath the motor vehicle. The rear home windows have also been ditched in favour of vents, which interesting a secondary radiator mounted in the boot.

In all, the aero tweaks have improved the car’s downforce by thirty percent at sea degree, which roughly correlates to the 33 percent aerodynamic loss the GT will endure at the top of Pikes Peak, thanks to the lessen air density.

Due to the one of a kind nature of the Pikes Peak study course, Bentley has overhauled the car’s chassis, far too. Contrary to the GT3 monitor racer, the hillclimb motor vehicle has substantially significantly less entrance and rear camber, although the dampers and anti-roll bars have been softened to allow the chassis to cope with the rougher tarmac. The brakes are also now h2o-cooled.

The Continental GT3 Pikes Peak will enter the Time Attack one celebration on 27 June, which is a class developed for generation-primarily based racing equipment. Bentley aims to rating a hat-trick with its new racer, hoping to take home a new trophy to sit along with its recent data for the speediest generation motor vehicle and SUV to tackle the twelve.42-mile study course.

In 2018, the model claimed an unofficial history for the speediest generation SUV up the climb with the Bentayga. Then, the future calendar year, the Continental GT took the history in the Time Attack 2 class for generation cars – a feat the model marked with a Pikes Peak specific version edition of its grand tourer that experienced a generation operate of just 15 units.

Bentley has dedicated to getting to be a totally electrical model by 2030, as aspect of its Beyond100 technique. But the enterprise will however develop combustion engined cars for the future nine yrs. 

The model also suggests that more than 80 percent of all Bentleys at any time designed are however on the street, and the racer’s use of biofuel alerts a broader motivation by the enterprise to ensure its recent and upcoming combustion engine potential buyers can proceed to appreciate their cars very long after the model will make the switch.

Bentley engineering boss Matthias Rabe explained: “We are delighted to be returning to Pikes Peak for a 3rd time – now run by renewable gasoline, as the start undertaking for a further new element of our Beyond100 programme. 

“Our powertrain engineers are now investigating both of those biofuels and e-fuels for use by our consumers along with our electrification programme – with intermediate actions of adopting renewable fuels at the factory in Crewe and for our enterprise fleet.”

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