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Bentley Continental GT3 Racer Prepares For Track

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On: Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 10:05AM | By: Chris Weiss

Bentley Continental GT3 Racer Prepares For Track

The Bentley Continental GT already has a bit of racing pedigree, including a world speed record. It's about to get much more. In September, Bentley announced that it would return to racing for the first time since 2003. The Crewe crew is preparing the Continental GT3 racer for a debut late next year.

Bentley unveiled the Continental GT3 Concept Racer at the Paris Motor Show and showed it again at the L.A. Show earlier this month. Its next stop will be the 2013 Autosport International exhibition next month, marking the race car's U.K. debut.

The GT3 is based on the Continental Speed road car, Bentley's fastest road-going model. It receives a rear-wheel-drive chassis, along with a dramatic aerodynamics package and other race-specific hardware.

Bentley is currently working on the final design of the GT3 and has partnered with M-Sport, Ltd, which will develop specialist components for the race car. M-Sport has run World Rally programs since 1997.

M-Sport’s Managing Director Malcolm Wilson said of the partnership: "Joining forces with Bentley to help create the new Continental GT3 is a rare privilege. Bentley’s design and analysis work to-date has shown that the Continental GT road car can become an extremely competitive race car, and we are looking forward to capitalizing on our extensive competition car development experience and success to help Bentley realise its goals."

Bentley plans to equip the car for both endurance and speed, making it eligible for a variety of races and events, including 24-hour events. Look for that big lip to brush the track sometime near the end of 2013.


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