The model continues from where the concept left, but it looks a little bit more aggressive and more track-ready. When compared to a base Continental GT , the new GT3 racer is about 2,200 pounds lighter and combined with the powerful engine found under the hood, you will get a real monster on the race track.
The new Continental GT3 will enter its first development races before starting full competition in the FIA Blancpain Series in 2014. Until then it will run the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb, piloted twice a day by Bentley Boy and 2003 Le Mans champion, Guy Smith.
Updated 07/12/2013: The production version Continental GT3 made its world debut today at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Updated 11/15/2013: Bentley unveiled a new video showing the development process behind the new Continental GT3 racer. The video comes just a few days before the car’s debut at Yas Marina circuit in December 2013.
Updated 01/07/2014: Bentley unveiled a new video showing the new Continental GT3 Race Car in action at the Gulf 12 Hours, held at the famous Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.
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To no surprise, the production version GT3 looks pretty much identical to the concept that previewed it, but it features a more aggressive aerodynamic package that helps maximize downforce and optimize the coefficient drag.
The package includes a top-mounted carbon-fiber rear wing and a carbon-fiber splitter that improves the car’s downforce and stability. In order to improve the engine cooling and the optimize the drag coefficient, Bentley also updated the bonnet, bumpers, fenders and sills.
|Length||4950 mm (194.88 inches)|
|Width||2030 mm (79.92 inches)|
|Height||1350 mm (53.14 inches)|
|Weight||<1300 kg (2866 pounds)|
|Weight Distribution||52 : 48|
On the inside, the new GT3 racecar removed all the luxury features, like the leather and the wood trim, the production electrical systems and advanced refinement materials. This way the car’s total weight was kept under 2,866 pounds.
Despite being developed for the race track, the new GT3 received hand-crafted Bentley steering wheel, door pulls and seats.
Under the hood, the new Continental GT3 racer receives a 4.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 600 horsepower in race specification. The engine sends its power to the rear wheels via an Xtrac six-speed sequential transaxle gearbox with racing clutch.
|Engine||4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, repositioned to the rear of the engine bay, Cosworth engine management system|
|Power||Approx. 600 bhp derestricted|
|Oil System||Dry sump|
|Transmission||Rear wheel drive, Xtrac six-speed sequential transaxle gearbox, racing clutch, steering wheel mounted paddle operated pneumatic gear shift|
|Drivetrain||Carbon fiber propshaft, limited slip differential|
Suspension and Brakes
The new racer sits on a set of 18-inch OZ wheels, with a Brembo braking system that features six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers doing the stopping. Bentley also installed a double-wishbone suspension with four-way adjustable racing dampers.
|Suspension||Double wishbone suspension front and rear, four-way adjustable racing dampers|
|Steering||Hydraulic power-assisted steering|
|Brakes||Ventilated iron disc brakes front and rear, Brembo six-piston front calipers, four-piston rear calipers, driver-adjustable brake bias|
|Wheels||OZ Racing 18” x 13” rims|
|Tires||310 /710 R18|
Prices for the new Continental GT3 will be announced at a later date. The model is currently pending FIA homologation.
The 911 GT3 RSR is based on the new 991 generation 911 GT3 road-going version. The model is powered by a 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine that delivers a total of 460 horsepower. It features a new wishbone front suspension and a lightweight racing gearbox. Porsche also installed a new aerodynamic package made of carbon fiber that includes front and rear mudguards, front and rear lids, doors, underbody, wheel arches, and a rear wing.
Gallery Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
The Alpine A450 marks Alpine’s return to the market and the racing industry. The A450 is powered by a Nissan -sourced V-8 engine that delivers a total of 500 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed sequential X-Trac gearbox. With a total weight of just 1,984 pounds, the new race car will hit a pretty impressive top speed of 205 mph.
Gallery Alpine A450
Like with any other Bentley model, the new Continental GT3 racer also seems to be a pretty cool car. It delivers a great amount of power and all the additions made to the exterior and on the technological features makes it ready for any track in the world.
- Powerful engine
- Great look
- Updated interior
- No prices
- Not approved by FIA just yet
Gallery Bentley Continental GT3 Race Car
Bentley debuts its new Continental GT3 race car at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed today, unveiling a racing machine set to explore the extreme potential of Bentley’s iconic Grand Tourer, the Continental GT. Member of the Board for Engineering, Rolf Frech, comments: “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.”
The Continental GT3 is powered by a race-prepared and dry-sump version of Bentley’s powerful but efficient 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, with many components carried over from the road-going engine. Developing up to 600 bhp in unrestricted race configuration via a motorsport engine management system, the V8 provides the GT3 with highly competitive power in a compact and lightweight package that’s perfect for racing. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a carbon fibre propshaft to an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox with a limited slip differential, mounted as a transaxle for optimised 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.
The exterior of the car features a comprehensive aerodynamic package, to maximise downforce with optimised drag. A top-mounted carbon fibre rear wing provides rear downforce and stability, while a carbon fibre 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 optimise the car’s drag coefficient and to assist with engine cooling.
With the removal of the leather and wood interior trim, the production electrical systems and advanced refinement materials that make the Continental GT such a capable Grand Tourer, the Continental GT3 weighs in under its target of 1300 kg. Despite the race-specification, the GT3 remains a hand-crafted Bentley, with the steering wheel, door pulls and seat all hand-trimmed and stitched by Bentley craftspeople at Crewe.
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 programme of developmental track work, focussing on optimising 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.
The Continental GT3 makes its official running debut on the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb from Friday 12th July until Sunday 14th, piloted twice a day by Bentley Boy and 2003 Le Mans champion, Guy Smith. The car will also be on display in the F1 paddock, while the original Continental GT3 Concept Racer, unveiled at the Paris Auto Salon last September, can be seen inside the Bentley stand in the main paddock.