Goodwood 2013: Bentley Continental GT3 Revealed [Live Photos]
As we already found out a few months back, Britain’s new race car is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 600 bhp. Although many of its components are carried over from the road-going version, the engine uses a carbon fiber propshaft and a six-speed sequential gearbox with a limited slip differential to send all that power to the rear wheels.
The vehicle also features a double wishbone suspension configuration, four-way adjustable racing dampers, hydraulic power-assistance, and ventilated iron brake discs with six-piston calipers on the front and four-piston calipers on the rear.
The exterior was updated with a new aerodynamic package that adds a top-mounted carbon fiber rear wing, a carbon fiber splitter, and revised bonnet, bumpers, fenders and sills. The help with the diet, Bentley also ditched the familiar leather and wood interior trim. However, the Continental GT3 kept the company’s hand-trimmed stitching for the steering wheel, door pulls and seat.
“The Continental GT3 exploits the incredible performance beneath the skin of every Continental GT. We’ve removed over 1000 kilograms of weight, reconfigured our 4.0-litre V8 to produce 600 bhp 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,” said Rolf Frech, Bentley member of the board for engineering.
The Bentley Continental GT3 will drive the Goodwood hill-climb twice a day.
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