Seemingly, this is a Bentley. That could not be noticeable at very first look on account of the … all the things, but this winged beast does have a Bentley symbol on it. You see, Bentley is headed on again to Pikes Peak for a 3rd (and ultimate) time. The company’s very first two visits observed the output SUV document reached with the Bentayga W12 and the outright output auto document taken with the Continental GT. This time, Bentley is focusing on the “Time Attack 1” document, and the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak is its steed of decision.
Major the car’s superlative features is what Bentley claims to be “the most significant rear wing at any time equipped to a Bentley.” We heartily approve. The aerodynamic bundle is totally in vogue with other vehicles built precisely for Pikes Peak. Most downforce is produced with the substantial wing, a gigantic diffuser, two-plane splitter and aggressive dive planes. It is extra observe rat than tasteful race auto with the many scoops and venting throughout. The exhaust cutouts just aft of the entrance wheels finish the hooligan bundle. This Continental could have Bentley lights on it, but the similarities involving it and the road auto really do not go much even more.
Aspects about the motor are restricted, but Bentley states it is a 4.-liter turbocharged V8 racing motor, not a output V8 or W12. Modifications were being created to make it extra potent for this Pikes Peak operate, but Bentley also created adjustments for the gasoline it will be managing in the auto.
As an alternative of managing this Continental on race gasoline, it is heading to be employing biofuel-based gasoline. We have heard Porsche make waves about the possible of greener biofuels serving to to greatly decrease emissions, and now Bentley is building some sounds about the tech, also. In coordination with Porsche (all in the very same VW Group home), Bentley is exploring how it could use biofuels and “e-fuels” to most likely electricity each previous and upcoming Bentley vehicles. As of nowadays, Bentley is stating that employing these fuels could result in greenhouse fuel emissions reductions of up to 85%. Set basically, that’s substantial, if it can be created to do the job at a large scale.
Bentley expressly states that this investigate into biofuels does not have an impact on its program to come to be an electric-only automaker by 2030. As an alternative, Bentley sees it as a way to allow for the brand’s previous and existing gasoline-powered autos to be driven far into the upcoming — just more than 80% of all Bentleys at any time built are nevertheless on the road, according to Bentley’s inside tracking.
“We are delighted to be returning to Pikes Peak for a 3rd time – now powered by renewable gasoline, as the launch challenge for a further new component of our Beyond100 software,” states Dr Matthias Rabe, a member of Bentley’s board for engineering. “Our powertrain engineers are by now exploring each biofuels and e-fuels for use by our buyers along with our electrification software – with intermediate ways of adopting renewable fuels at the factory in Crewe and for our firm fleet. In the meantime, the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak will display that renewable fuels can allow for motorsport to continue on in a dependable way, and hopefully it will seize the 3rd and ultimate document in our triple crown.”
Bentley is partnered up with a British Continental GT3 customer crew for this endeavor: Fastr. Whilst Fastr and Bentley are spearheading this endeavor, specialists from M-Activity and K-PAX Racing are also serving to to extract every single very last tenth from this Continental Pikes Peak auto. You could acknowledge M-Activity, which is the firm that handles Ford’s WRC rally vehicles. Rhys Millen (who drove each the Bentayga and Continental for Bentley) will be driving the wheel again. Millen will have to have to cross the complete line underneath the 9:36 mark to crack the document for this course. Bentley promises extra specialized facts about the auto nearer to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in June as it progresses with testing.