The world eagerly welcomed the extraordinary new Continental GT – now expectations are running equally high in anticipation of the astonishing new Continental GT3 race car. It is currently in development for the 2018 motorsport season and follows on from the already formidable Continental GT3. The pedigree is world class, with the current car being a proven championship-winning endurance racer, scoring 120 podiums and 45 wins across 528 races around the world to date.
The standard is high. But the team is aiming higher still. Development of the new car has been led with passion and innovation by the engineers of Bentley Motorsport’s in-house team based in Crewe, and supported across the car by designers and technicians at Bentley’s technical partner, M-Sport.
The new GT3 race car was developed in tandem with the recently launched Continental GT road car, and the performance learnings are many. It utilises the mostly aluminium structure to deliver a much lighter, race-ready weight of significantly less than 1300 kg together with a more even weight distribution – ideal for racing. The engine is a new development of the race-proven 4.0-litre Bentley twin-turbo V8, with a redesigned dry sump system and all-new intake and exhaust systems. Unrestricted power is in excess of 550 bhp, fuel consumption is improved and despite reduced exhaust noise the sound is still unmistakably Bentley.
Highly optimised road car intercoolers are utilised in the Continental GT3 to provide optimum engine performance. Exterior aerodynamic surfaces, based on the sleekly refined lines of the road car, provide additional down force. New suspension and braking systems are also bespoke to the car. To see the full specification of the new GT3, read below.
2018 Bentley Motorsport Season
For the upcoming season, Bentley Motorsport will assign a brace of breathtaking new Continental GT3 racers across Europe in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup again in 2018. The team will compete across the globe in the four-round Intercontinental GT Challenge. The new Continental GT3 will make its race debut at the opening round of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza. What a day it promises to be.
The latest updates from the development programme of the new GT3 racer – and final confirmation of the 2018 driver line-up – will be announced very soon, so please check back for further updates.