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Bentley reveals new Continental GT3

9 November 2017

Bentley has revealed its new Continental GT3 that is due to start racing next season.

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. It has also been developed with M-Sport, which was responsible for the original Continental racer that debuted in 2013.

“After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we’re excited to reveal our second-generation car,” said the director of Bentley Motorsport, Brian Gush.

“The new car leaves no area or system untouched in the search for even better performance, and the early test results are promising.

“The new Continental GT road car has proved to be a great starting point for the development of a new racer, and the engineering development work is true to Bentley’s impeccable standards.”

A continuation of the four-litre twin-turbo V8 from the original Continental GT3 powers the new car, but it has been fitted with a new dry sump, intake and exhaust. The engine also benefits from a Cosworth management system, and when unrestricted, delivers more than 550 horsepower.

Being a stripped out racer, the Continental GT3 has undergone serious lightening compared to the road version, with a mostly aluminium structure bringing it down to less than 1300 kg, a figure also less than the  1315 kg of the previous GT3.

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.

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