Bentley introduced today at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed the new Continental GT3, a racing car that will explore the extreme potential of the Continental GT. The new Bentley is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 developing up to 600 bhp. All that power is delivered 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 made via a pneumatic shift system, controlled by paddles mounted to the steering wheel. The standard air springs featured on the luxurious Continental GT were replaced by a double wishbone suspension configuration front and rear, fitted with four-way adjustable racing dampers.
The Bentley Continental GT is fitted with a new steering system that 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.
Moreover, the new racing car received an impressive aerodynamic package consisting of a new front bumper, redesigned hood with large air intakes, a big carbon fiber rear wing that provides rear downforce and stability, as well as a rear air diffuser.
If you liked the interior seen on the Continental GT you’d better forget about that as the Continental GT3 has no leather and wood interior trim, while all the electrical systems and advanced refinement materials were removed.
As a result, the Continental GT3 weighs in under its target of 1300 kg. Bentley will start its programme of developmental track work of the new Continental GT3 and once the FIA homologation is completed the new racing car will start competing in the FIA Blancpain Series in 2014.