Bentley debuts its new Continental GT3 race car at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed today, unveiling a racing machine set to explore the extreme potential of Bentley’s iconic Grand Tourer, the Continental GT. The Continental GT3 is powered by a race-prepared and dry-sump version of Bentley’s powerful 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. Developing up to 600 bhp in unrestricted race configuration via a motorsport engine management system, the V8 provides the GT3 with power in a compact and lightweight package. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a carbon fiber propshaft to an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox with a limited slip differential, mounted as a transaxle for optimized weight distribution.
The exterior of the car features a comprehensive aerodynamic package, to maximize downforce with optimized drag. A top-mounted carbon fiber rear wing provides rear downforce and stability, while a carbon fiber splitter balances the aerodynamic forces at the front of the car. Revisions have been made to the bonnet, bumpers, fenders, and sills in order to optimize the car’s drag coefficient and to assist with engine cooling.
The Continental GT3 makes its official running debut on the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb from Friday, July 12 until Sunday, July 14, piloted twice a day by Bentley Boy and 2003 Le Mans champion, Guy Smith.