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Bentley debuts Continental GT3 at Goodwood

Bentley has debuted its new Continental GT3 race car at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The Continental GT3 is powered by a race-prepared and dry-sump version of Bentley’s 4-liter twin-turbo V8, with many components carried over from the road-going engine. Developing up to 608ps in unrestricted race configuration via a motorsport engine management system, 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. Gear actuations are completed via a pneumatic shift system, controlled by paddles mounted to the steering wheel.
A double wishbone suspension configuration front and rear, fitted with four-way adjustable racing dampers, replaces the standard road-car air springs. The steering system features hydraulic power-assistance, while braking is via ventilated iron discs combined with six-piston calipers on the front and four-piston calipers on the rear.
Member of the board for engineering, Rolf Frech, said: “The Continental GT3 exploits the incredible performance beneath the skin of every Continental GT. We’ve removed over 1,000kg of weight, reconfigured our 4-litre V8 to produce 608ps in race specification, and developed a comprehensive aerodynamic package to ensure that we perform competitively. We are now looking forward to getting the car on the track and proving its potential.”
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 design has been completed by a specialist team of engineers from Bentley Motors supported by the Continental GT3 technical partner, M-Sport Ltd. Managed from a dedicated motorsport facility base at Bentley’s Crewe factory, an additional design office was created at M-Sport for the detail design stages and build of the first car.
The Continental GT3 now starts its program of developmental track work, focusing on optimizing the car’s performance based on simulations and refining the car’s abilities. Once homologation with the FIA has been completed, the GT3 will enter its first development races before starting full competition in the FIA Blancpain Series in 2014.

12 July 2013


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