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Bentley Continental GT3 Race Car Enters its Second Generation

10 Novembre 2017

It has been developed by Bentley Motorsport in Crewe, with technical assistance from the M-Sport rally team that runs the world championship-winning Ford Fiesta World Rally Car.

Bentley has revealed its new Continental GT3 racecar, a precursor to a hot Continental GT road auto which will likely arrive by 2020.

This GT3 uses the previous car's 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, refreshed and rejuvenated for 2018; certainly no bad thing if you ask us, the air-shredding malevolence of that engine being a key part of the appeal.

As with the previous version of the racer, the new GT3 will compete in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

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It is based on the all-new Continental road vehicle, which shares its structure with the latest Porsche Panamera, and was revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in September. The mostly aluminum structure puts its race weight at less than 2,900 pounds.

"After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we're excited to reveal our second-generation vehicle", said Bentley director of motorsport Brian Gush. The new vehicle leaves no area or system untouched in the search for even better performance, and the early test results are promising.

The new Continental GT3 has already started testing, and will initially be raced by the M-Sport factory team, before being delivered to customer teams in June next year.

Bentley will confirm drivers at a later date, but Gush said he was "aiming for a largely unchanged line-up".

Bentley Continental GT3 Race Car Enters its Second Generation