Bentley for the clouds gets company’s biggest wing ever
Runs on fuels with 85 percent fewer emissions
Bentley is headed back to the clouds. Making the trek to the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb with a Continental GT3 built specifically for the event with more than 750 hp and running on renewable gas.
The Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak is meant for the iconic race up Pikes Peak, where your run starts at 9,300 feet and ends up at 14,100. The air up there is a third less dense than at sea level meaning that there’s less to fill the cylinders with each squeeze.
So Bentley has tweaked the 4.0L twin-turbo V8 from the road car to make more than 2.2 bar of boost. To do that and make 750 hp at altitude, the car runs on 98 RON renewable racing gas.
The fuel (the equivalent of 94 octane here) uses biofuels that were tweaked for motorsports. Bentley says that the new fuel reduces greenhouse gases up to 85 percent and is a stepping stone to sustainable fuels.
Bentley takes the gearbox from the standard GT3 racer but beefs up the rear driveshaft to handle the hills. The box also uses a special oil from Mobil 1 to cope with the demands of the event.
The chassis has added significant downforce, at least before it starts the climb. At sea level, more than 30 percent more than the GT3 racer, making sure it can stick to the pavement up top. Bentley says it’s the biggest wing ever fitted to one of their cars and most of the aero aids were made through 3D printing.
This year’s running of Pikes Peak takes place June 27th. It’s the 99th running of the iconic race to the clouds, one of the most iconic American motorsports events.