Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak racer’s technical details revealed


The Continental GT3 Pikes Peak is all set for a Hill Climb battle on June 27, 2021, and Bentley has revealed some of the technical details. One of the key highlights of the racer is that on the big day, it’ll run on renewable fuel, to convey a message that the brand is headed towards carbon neutrality. The car was developed in association with the GT3 customer team Fastr.

Bentley’s Pikes Peak racer looks ridiculous with its massive aero elements all around it. The dual front splitter and flics combo, especially, looks as if the car rammed into something and those elements sliced through the front bodywork and stuck there. The rear wing is the biggest-ever fitted to a Bentley. Bentley says that all the aerodynamic modifications result in a 30% increase in overall downforce at sea level.

Air scoops replace the rear windows, and channel air through a secondary radiator that exhausts through ducts in the boot lid. The system runs via a dedicated secondary water pump. The brakes are water-cooled.

Since the car is run by Roger Clark Motorsport in the UK, it wears its black-and-gold themed livery with Bentley’s Pikes Peak mountain graphic that was featured on the Pikes Peak variants of the Bentayga and Continental GT.

The Continental GT3 Pikes Peak is powered by a racing version of the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that develops over 559 kW (760+ metric hp) and 1,000 Nm (738 lb-ft) of torque at sea level, thanks to larger turbos, new pistons and conrods, and a custom Inconel exhaust system by Akrapovič. The exhaust manifolds were 3D-printed via laser sintering. The carbon fibre intake manifold is thicker and reinforced versus the standard item.

The engine runs on 98RON renewable racing fuel, which is a blend of advanced biofuels specifically meant for motorsport. It is claimed to reduce greenhouse gas by up to 85%.

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