British luxury car brand, Bentley Motors has showcased their Continental GT Convertible, Continental GT Speed Mulsanne Executive, Continental Flying Spur (their bestseller) and their latest, Continental GT3 Concept racer at the Paris Motor Show 2012. With the new Bentley Continental GT3, Bentley will take on the likes of McLaren, Porsche, Mercedes and Aston Martin in sportscar racing.
Based on Bentley’s fastest-ever road car, the Continental GT Speed, the GT3 racing version replaces the road-going machine’s all-wheel drive system with a rear-wheel drive layout. It has revised aerodynamics including a carbonfibre front splitter and rear diffuser, as well as a race-spec rear wing to produce extra downforce. However, the company hasn’t revealed details of the engine’s specification, but a race-tuned version of the GT Speed’s turbocharged W12 seems likely to power the new car.
Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, said –
“The clear message from our customers is that Bentley belongs on the racetrack, and the Continental GT3 is the realisation of a dream we’ve had ever since the launch of the Continental GT. The new GT Speed is the perfect car for us to develop into a racer, and our work so far has shown huge potential. The Bentley Continental GT3 is set to show the world what the Continental GT is capable of in its most extreme form, and establishes a solid foundation for Bentley’s long-term motorsport plans.”
With the Bentley Continental GT3 concept receiving the full support of the FIA, Bentley is returning to the motorsport arena towards the end of 2013 with a GT race car capable of competing with the very best, in the true Bentley tradition.
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