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Bentley Announce New Continental GT3 for Blancpain

Bentley Announce New Continental GT3 for Blancpain”

Bentley Motorsport boss Brian Gush said: 'After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we're excited to reveal our second-generation vehicle.

Bentley is now planning on running two new Continental GT3 race cars in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup for the 2018 season. The new auto leaves no area or system untouched in the search for even better performance, and the early test results are promising.

The new GT3, based on the new Continental GT, features far more aggressive bodywork than the GT, with a deep front spoiler, wide wheel arches, aerodynamic fins and a huge rear wing. It has also been developed with M-Sport, which was responsible for the original Continental racer that debuted in 2013. This new race vehicle uses a structure that's mostly aluminum, allowing it to weigh in under 2,866 lbs.

This GT3 uses the previous car's 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, refreshed and rejuvenated for 2018; certainly no bad thing if you ask us, the air-shredding malevolence of that engine being a key part of the appeal. Compare that to the road car's whopping 4,947 pound kerb weight.

At present the second-gen Continental GT3 is completing a six-month testing programme in France, Portugal and the United Kingdom, which will eventually include a 24-hour race simulation too.

The Continental GT3 has already started a six-month test program and will go on sale in June 2018.

While they struggled in the final round, the M-Sport team did enough earlier in the season to end 2017 as the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Champions. The vehicle will not be homologated in time for the Intercontinental GT opener at Bathurst in February, which means M-Sport will race a pair of first-generation Continentals in the 12-hour event. The factory will not contest the Blancpain Sprint Cup next season.



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