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Drag Race: 850 Hp Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak vs 600 Hp Honda Civic Type R

The Hoonmigan Crew pits a highly modified Honda Civic Type R vs a Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak race Car. The Results are shocking!

The Hoonigan crew is very good at justifying seemingly pointless drag races, between two very different machines. We are very glad they do since today we have another epic stand-off between two high-horsepower machines in the “This vs That” series. “This” is a Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak and “That” is a stock-looking, but highly modified Honda Civic Type R.

Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak

Drag Race: 850 Hp Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak vs 600 Hp Honda Civic Type R
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We start with the Bentley, which is brought by Rhys Millen. His motorsports resume is impressive and includes achievements like Formula Drift Champion, Unlimited Pikes Peak Champion, and others. He’s done cars in collaboration with Hyundai (Pikes Peak Genesis), Lexus, and now, Bentley.

Being a racecar, the Bentley features some of the most aggressive ground effects of any car. It has a massive rear wing and the front splitter looks just as big. The whole carbon-fiber body is full of air vents that channel air across the body of the car. It’s also very light, at just 3,020 pounds (1,370 kg), which is around 2,200 pounds (1,000 kg) less than the Bentley Continental GT, Bentley will sell you.

Low down in the front sits a racing version of Bentley’s 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that puts out 850 horsepower. Those are sent to the massive (325mm) rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox by Ricardo. The basis for the Pikes Peak Bentley is actually a GT3 racecar.

Honda Civic Type R

Drag Race: 850 Hp Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak vs 600 Hp Honda Civic Type R
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The Pikes Peak Bentley is going up against a Honda Civic Type R. The FK8 Civic looks like any other Civic Type R, until you open the hood. Doing so reveals a highly modified K20 C1 engine, which out the box makes 306 horsepower (316 for the EU market). In here, the turbo-four has been fully built – sleeves, ported head, new pistons, and more.

Extra power comes from the “Rampage” turbo-kit, which includes a 45mm Garrett turbocharger and an upgraded intercooler. It also has a Hondata ECU and runs on a 50/50 mix of E85. Everything else is stock and the Type R features a full interior.

The Race

Drag Race: 850 Hp Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak vs 600 Hp Honda Civic Type R
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Most predictions are in favor of the Bentley, which on paper should demolish the Civic. But numbers only tell you so much. It’s best of three and the first round is a head-to-head, 1,500-foot drag race from a dig. Typical for a GT3 racecar, the Bentley does a slow start, which gives the Civic Type R the lead off the line. However, Bentley’s extra power makes up for it, allowing it to beat the Civic by well over a second.

The second race is a 1,000-foot race from a dig, but Honda gets the hit. Meanwhile, Bentley spits flames, as Rhys is starting up the engine. “Was that a race”, Nads asks? The Honda takes this one, without breaking a sweat. At the same time, Bentley’s battery went flat and after replacing it, the car refused to run at full power.

Drag Race: 850 Hp Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak vs 600 Hp Honda Civic Type R
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The third race is a 1,000-foot roll race and unfortunately for the Bentley, it seems “Limp mode” was on, which meant another win for the Civic Type R. With that being said, the first race showed that the Bentley went past the Civic way before the 1,000-foot mark, meaning that if it had full power at its disposal, the Civic probably wouldn’t have stood a change. Unfortunately, you run what you bring and the Bentley just had a bad day. Watch the video below to see what exactly happened.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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