Bentley decided to follow in the footsteps of other brands such as Audi, Peugeot y Volkswagen and set out to conquer the famous climb of Pikes Peak. To do this, it will enlist in the 2021 edition, which will be held on 27 June, The one Continental GT3 specially prepared for the occasion.
The objective of the British brand is to beat the 9m36s current record and, if possible, the 9m23s721 what did it mark Raphaël Astier in 2019 before the category rules Time Attack became even more stringent with the obligation to use renewable fuels whose emissions can be up to 85% lower than those of regular fuels.
El Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak, prepared in conjunction with M-Sport, will have as a pilot Rhys Millen, an expert in "the race to the clouds". Its aerodynamic development is noticeable with the naked eye by the sizes of the rear wing, diffuser and front spoiler.
The vehicle is equipped with a 4.0 V8 turbo engine with a new cooling system and software suitable for low-density air conditions in order to maintain high power.
The race is a real challenge for drivers and machines since the race has its starting point at 2.865 meters above sea level, while the finish is at 4.305 meters above sea level. To that is added the tour of 12,83 kilometers and 156 curves.
"We are delighted to return to Pikes Peak for the third time, now powered by renewable fuel, as the project to launch another new element of our Beyond 100 program." he pointed Matthias rabbe, responsible for engineering of the brand.
"Our powertrain engineers already research biofuels and e-fuels for use by our customers in conjunction with our electrification program, with intermediate steps of adopting renewable fuels at the Crewe factory and for our company's fleet," he said. continued.
"The Continental GT3 Pikes Peak will demonstrate that renewable fuels can enable motorsport to continue responsibly and will hopefully capture the third and final record in our triple crown." Rabbe added.
Bentley already has two records in this test. The first was achieved in 2018 in the SUV category with a Bentayga w12 and the remainder in 2019 in the class production cars with a Continental GT. In both cases with Millen behind the wheel.