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Here’s your first look at the 2018 Bentley Continental GT3 race car

Have you heard of the hottest car from Bentley? Bentley’s third generation Continental GT has gotten more athletic after receiving the latest GT3 upgrade under its new platform. So what makes the GT3-spec extra special? While the Continental GT packs a 626hp 6.0-liter biturbo W12 engine, the GT3’s 4.0-liter 550hp biturbo V8 is a race-specified engine integrated with the Cosworth management system.

In addition to the upgraded dry sump, intake and exhaust, majority of the Continental GT’s standard markings were stripped off to achieve the GT3’s ideal weight. That means, Bentley Motorsport did whatever is necessary to transform the GT into a pure race car--- including stripping out the interior and installing a number of carbon fiber body panels.

The carbon fiber diet was a huge success as the GT3 race car only weighs about 2,866lbs (1300kg) which is significantly lighter than the regular GT. The weight loss is estimated to have reached a total of 2081 pounds or 944 kilograms.

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Bentley displays 2 iconic racing cars -- 4.5 Litre ‘Blower’ and Continental GT3

To celebrate the completion of the 2015 motorsport season and its remarkable run, Bentley is bringing together the Continental GT3 and the 4.5 Litre ‘Blower’. The current version of the GT3 met its 1929 counterpart at the British Racing Drivers’ Club at Silverstone. This Drivers’ Club was founded by Bentley Boy Dudley Benjafield, a Le Mans winner, in 1928.

While the two may have more than 80 years between them, they both have the brand’s passion when it comes to competition, innovation, and most importantly, speed. The Continental GT3 is just in its sophomore year of competing in GT races but Bentley has shown that its motorsports programme has been gaining strength over the year. Teams who participate are expected to race on four different continents.

For the 2015 season, the Continental GT3 has managed to attain multiple pole positions, race wins and podiums. One of Bentley’s biggest wins was the Blancpain Sprint Series and it even obtained the overall team title during the GT Asia Series. Other season highlights include the brand’s best-ever finish during the 24 Hours of Spa. It also led a four-car assault at the Nürburgring 24 Hours and managed to complete the Bathurst 12 Hours. Car performance is one reason for wins. Another important factor comprises the drivers, of which the Bentley had quite a good line-up to choose from.

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Bentley Motorsport taps Sprint Series champ Vincent Abril for 2016 season

Bentley Motorsport has disclosed its drive line-up for the 2016 season. Still driving for Bentley next season are British Bentley Boys Guy Smith and Steven Kane, after the duo re-signed with the team.

They will be joined by Vincent Abril, who was recently crowned as 2015 Blancpain Sprint Series champion along with current Bentley Boy and Bentley Team HTP teammate Maximillian Buhk. Smith, Kane and Abril will pilot the #7 Continental GT3 in the upcoming season.

Abril replaced Andy Meyrick for the third pilot slot in the #7 car. However, the trio’s team-up will be next month’s Sepang 12 Hours race before gearing up for the 2016 season. Next season will mark Bentley Team M-Sport’s third year at the Blancpain Endurance Series.

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2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R will make its North American debut at Pebble Beach

Bentley Continental GT3-R is ready to make its North American debut at 2014 Pebble Beach as the most dynamic and fastest-accelerating product built by the company. For those who don’t know, the new Continental GT3-R is inspired by the Continental GT3 race car and carries a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo V8 that develops 572 bhp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

Thanks to a weight drop of 220 lb and shorter gearing, the Bentley Continental GT3-R is able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in 3.6 seconds. Regarding the design, the Continental GT3-R features a Glacier White finish, as well as two-tone green graphics that trace the prominent power lines on the side profile.

There is also a new front splitter as well as a new fixed rear wing, both finished in carbon fiber. Other exterior highlights include gloss black headlamp bezels, matrix grille, window surrounds and bumper strips, but also a new set of 21-inch lightweight wheels finished in gloss black.

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Back in June at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley introduced the Continental GT3-R, a new model inspired by the Continental GT3 race car. It appears that this limited edition model was a success as Bentley sold all the 300 units that will be hand-built in Crewe and finished in its motorsport division.

Although it was revealed as a range-topping performance version of the Continental, Bentley’s design chief Luc Donckerwolke says that a rear-wheel-drive version of this model is possible and customers are already asking for an even more extreme one.

Donckerwolke said that he wants to celebrate Bentley’s race success and build an even more extreme version of the Continental GT, not only with an updated powertrain but also with a new styling that will closely link the race and road cars.

Read the entire article Bentley design chief wants a hotter version of the Continental GT3-R with RWD

Bentley introduced today the all-new Continental GT3-R, a new model inspired by the Continental GT3 race car. According to Bentley, this limited edition Continental GT3-R will be limited to just 300 units and all of them will be hand-built in Crewe and finished in Bentley’s Motorsport division. Under the hood, there is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 580 hp (426 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 700 Nm of torque from 1,700 rpm.

This engine is bolted to the 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox with shorter output gearing that delivers the power to a renowed all-wheel drive system. For the first time, Bentley’s drivetrain has now the ability to control the torque at each of the rear wheels through the use of torque vectoring. Moreover, Bentley recalibrated the paddle shift functionality, while the Drive and Sport modes were moved further apart.

The new titanium exhaust not only brings a weight reduction of 7 kg but also a new sound. The V8 engine pushes the Continental GT3-R from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds).

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For this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley will launch a high-performance version its Continental GT model that is expected to be carry the GT3 badge. The new Continental GT3 will be the lightest version of th Continental GT, although it is not clear what engine will use.

The V8-powered Continental GT has a total weight of 2,295 kg, which means 1000 kg more than the race version. As a result, Bentley replaced the four-wheel drive system found on all of its Continental GT models ands replaced it with a rear-wheel drive system in order to save some weight.

No matter what engine will be seen under the hood, the Continental GT3 will have around 700 hp. In addition, there is also an aerodynamic kit consisting of a new front lip spoiler, new side sills as well as a fixed rear wing.

Read the entire article Rear-wheel drive Bentley Continental GT3 to be unveiled at 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

M-Sport Bentley has secured the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, despite the race car and the new race team competing only in their second event. The #7 Continental GT3 car piloted by Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane secured first place even after being hit with a drive-through penalty in the first hour.

That penalty left the #7 Continental GT3 in seventh place. However, Kane’s perfect driving and pit-stops enabled him to take the lead with just 15 minutes remaining in the three-hour race. He was able to keep his pace and maintain a two-second gap against the #99 McLaren of Andy Soucek.

Minutes went by and Kane and the #7 Continental GT3 crossed the finish line ahead of everyone – to the delight of the M-Sport Bentley team and the British fans.

Read the entire article Bentley Continental GT3 wins 2nd round of Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone

The new Bentley Continental GT3 racecar got excellent results from its first test race after it logged fourth place finish in the Gulf 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi. Fielded by Team M-Sport, the Bentley Continental GT3 completed the first six hour session of the race in third place.

In the second half, the team managed to maintain the position until the final two hours, when it was engaged with a heated race with the Ferrari 458 GT3 of Kessel Racing, which the latter won. "In running an all-new car for the first time, our main goal today was to finish the race and be consistent," Bentley's Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, remarked, adding that they managed to achieve that and was also able to finish fourth.

He remarked that they "leave Abu Dhabi with confidence that we will have a reliable and competitive package for 2014, when the hard work really starts." The team was able to see the Bentley Continental GT3 run well throughout the 12-hour event, thereby demonstrating its endurance reliability.

Read the entire article Bentley Continental GT3 finished fourth the Gulf 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi

David Appleby Engineering will be the first Bentley Continental GT3 customer team when it receives the new race car in January 2014. David Appleby Engineering will race under the Generation Bentley Racing banner and will compete in the British GT Championship in 2014. The team was created to develop young talent in motorsport for drivers, engineers and mechanics.

The Bentley Continental GT3 will be piloted by James Appleby (and Steve Tandy in British GT) and is available to compete in the FIA Blancpain endurance series for interested teams. James Appleby commenced his racing career in the SEAT Cupra Championship in 2008.  Since then, Appleby has competed regularly in the Aston Martin GT4 at a European level as a Junior Aston Martin Racing team driver. He received the star of the future award by Aston Martin Racing in 2010.

Tandy, meanwhile, commenced his career by racing classic sportscars in 2006. He is also familiar with the British GT Championship, having participated for the last two seasons in the GT3 class. During the period, he gained two overall wins and a number of podium finishes. Launched at Goodwood in July 2013, the Bentley Continental GT3 race car is powered by a 4.0 liter V8 twin turbo V8 that provides up to 600 bhp. It is based on the road-going Continental.

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The Bentley Continental GT3 that will have its first comeback race at the Gulf 12 Hours will be piloted by three accomplished British sports car racers -- Guy Smith, Steven Kane and Andy Meyrick. The race – a two six-hour contest – will be held at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi on December 13, 2013. 

Final preparations for the car’s first race are ongoing after an initial development work with an endurance test was completed. During the test, the car and drivers all performed strongly. The Continental GT3 continues its testing form of being both fast and extremely reliable. Bentley’s Director of Motorsport Brian Gush, following completion of development and endurance testing, said that they are now confident that the Continental GT3 is prepared for its first test race.

He remarked that while development work never stops, they are ready to race for the first time in Abu Dhabi. As a Bentley Boy since 2001, Guy Smith won the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Bentley Speed 8. He achieved second place in 2004 Le Mans with Audi. In 2005, Guy joined Dyson Racing in the United States, racing in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). He and Dyson claimed the ALMS titles in 2011, and finished second in 2012.

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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.

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It’s likely that the road-going version of Bentley’s new Continental GT3 race car would come with four-wheel drive, a pared-down but luxury interior and maybe even a 700bhp W12 engine. The sporty model will be positioned in the same spot in Bentley’s range as the old Supersports model. It will also have the same price of slightly below £200,000.

The major details haven’t been finalized yet but it’s believed that Bentley will have a production run of about 300 cars to be assembled over a 12-month period circa 2014-2015. Bentley unveiled the GT3 race car at the Paris motor show. This marks the comeback of Bentley to front-line motorsport. Under the FIA’s GT3 rules, the car that’s allowed to participate has very different specifications from the road version.

Even if the Bentley racer has a rear-wheel-drive layout with a rear-mounted transaxle gearbox, it’s likely that the road car will keep the permanent four-wheel drive system that is featured on all its existing Continental models, according to a senior source. There are reports that it will have a power output of 700bhp, which implies that it will rival the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Sources said that most of them prefer to keep the twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 for the GT3 since it’s the Continental’s flagship engine.

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An exciting new period in the history of Bentley was unlocked when the Bentley Continental GT3 Concept was launched at the 2012 Motor Show in Paris.

For over ten years, Bentley repeats the same accomplishment with a Continental-based GT3 race car. As of now, it is being worked-on by a dedicated motorsport team inside the company’s factory in Crewe.

Indicating Bentley’s come-back to the racetrack since the victory of sixth Le Mans in 2003; Bentley Continental GT3 stays faithful to its motorsport philosophy of creating racecars from their road-going counterparts.

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In just four years, Audi Sport customer racing is already unveiling its fourth race car at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Introducing the new Audi R8 LMS GT3, the newest evolution of the carmaker’s second-generation Audi R8 LMS.

After introduced in 2015, the second-gen Audi R8 LMS race car quickly made a name in different major endurance races, like those in Bathurst, Daytona, Dubai, Laguna Seca and Nurburgring, as well as in Sepang and Spa. It managed to get a number of championship titles, as well as wins in the FIA GT World Cup and Intercontinental GT Challenge.

In 2016, Audi Sport followed up the heavily successful Audi R8 LMS with the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR touring car. Then last year, Audi Sport launched an evolved version of the Audi R8 LMS -- the Audi R8 LMS GT4 sports car. Now, the Audi R8 LMS has further been evolved into a new form – its second evolution -- in the persona of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 that was recently unveiled at Paris.

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With 720 PS (710 hp or 530 kW) of max output, a carbon fiber chassis, aerodynamic body and stunning sports car design, the McLaren 720S is nothing short of amazing. By next year, customer teams can pilot a race-focused version of the Super Series as the British carmaker announces the eventual arrival of the new McLaren 720S GT3.

Being developed by McLaren Automotive’s new customer racing division, the 720S GT3 has just finished undergoing extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. Now, the development program is in the track-based phase, which includes a punishing test regime that should help validate the GT racer’s key performance data as well as long-distance durability. Track testing is now being conducting extensively across Europe, the United States and the Middle East.

Development prototypes are scheduled to cover over 18,500 miles to confirm the GT racer’s exceptional durability and efficiency. The program also includes various 24- and 36-hour tests. The first two development prototypes have already began the test program that will cover tracks on Europe and the US. An intensive Middle East program is scheduled to start before the end of the 2018.

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Porsche recently decided that they will stick to their roots as long as they possibly could, and I mean as long as the market allows it. The automaker is assuring its buyers that it is still committed to rear-mounted, naturally aspirated engines as well as manual gearboxes despite the news circulating that the new 911 GT3 is allegedly gaining a turbocharged engine, while losing the manual gearbox.

Dr. Frank Steffen Walliser, Porsche’s head of GT motorsport and GT road cars, in his interview with Australian publication Drive during the Bathurst 12 Hour, denied reports of a fully turbocharged engine lineup.

The said engine lineup will likely be paired with an aluminum architecture shared with other cars like the Audi R8 and the Lamborghini Huracan. He added that a sports car will fit a normally aspirated engine, and that with a turbocharged engine, performance will be different. Furthermore, he states that the automaker will continue using naturally aspirated engines as long as they could.

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We are pretty much aware that a lot of people purchase limited run cars to sell them for double or triple the price. And this always happens with whatever brand you can think of. One of the models that have been flipped by resellers is the limited-run 911 R.

And as a response to this, the man in charge of the Porsche 911 recently admitted that they came out with the GT3 Touring package at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show in September to target resellers who have been flipping their cars.

If you are a huge fan of the Porsche 911, you probably know that the original retail price of the R is $185,000. But since there are only 991 examples of this made, making it extra rare, resellers had the chance to skyrocket the prices. In fact, there are 911 Rs out there that are still up for grabs, only they cost $1.25 million now. Of course, any automaker who took their time, effort, and sweat into developing these cars would not be happy to hear this news, and that is why they came out with the Touring Pack for the 911 GT3.

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While car media outlets are busy keeping tabs on what’s happening at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, apparently, something hotter has been brewing in Crewe England after Bentley uncovered its new 2018 Continental GT First Special Edition. At a time when the first batch of the 3rd generation Continental GT has not yet reached the homes of their rightful owners, we have to say this is something we least expected.

Regardless, Bentley’s Continental GT has been customized by the British marque’s design team to create the ultimate grand tourer of all time — the First Edition. It features a rotating display that lets you switch between three various panels. Depending on what suits your mood, its built-in 12.3-inch touch screen can be swapped with another instrument display that offers three analog dials or if the engine is turned off, the next option showcases a panel display that offers unobstructed view of the dashboard.

Bentley’s First Edition is also offered with four distinctively premium dual tone veneers for its Grand Black dashboard that suits any of the four veneer colors available --- Dark Fiddleback Eucaplyptus, Dark Stained Madrona, Liquid Amber, and the Tamo Ash veneer finish.

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McLaren revealed that a 720S GT3 is already underway and will in fact keep their hands very busy for the most of 2018, considering that most of the development will be taking place at the company’s new facility in Woking, England. Despite not disclosing any technical details, McLaren at least shared a couple of renderings of the 720S GTS to give everyone a glimpse of its future racecar.

We’ve noticed on the rendering that it turns out to appear more aggressive than its road going version mainly for its race-spec features. For one, the 720S GT3 now has a new pair of dive planes-- one on the left and one on the right. It also has a new vented hood at the middle plus huge new air intakes at the front end. Even the pair of side mirrors seems to have an air of aerodynamic quality into them as well.

There are several other racing characteristics which will surely not go unnoticed even if you don’t have a keen eye for detail. The digital rendering has so far provided the 720S GT3 with high mounted exhaust pipes, massive rear wing, wider doorsill plates, huge rear diffuser and wider fenders that anyway are so obvious because they are too big.

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