Bentley has unveiled the new Continental GT3 race car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Based on the new Continental GT, the race spec GT3 is over 1000 kg lighter, weighing under 1300 kg.
Power comes from a modified 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with 600bhp. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a carbon fibre propshaft to an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox with a limited slip differential.
The Continental GT3 also comes with a double wishbone suspension configuration front and rear, fitted with four-way adjustable racing dampers, replacing the standard road-car air springs.
The steering system features hydraulic power-assistance and brakes have ventilated iron discs combined with six-piston calipers on the front and four-piston calipers on the rear.
Exterior highlights include a top-mounted carbon fibre rear, carbon fibre splitter and revised bonnet, bumpers, fenders and sills.
Even though the leather and wood interior trim is removed along with the production electrical systems, the GT3 remains a hand-crafted Bentley, with the steering wheel, door pulls and seat all hand-trimmed and stitched by Bentley craftspeople at Crewe.
For safety there is a FIA spec steel roll cage, Sparco six-point FIA safety harness, onboard fire extinguisher and onboard pneumatic jack system.
The Continental GT3 development continues on the track with a focus on optimizing car’s performance based on simulations and refining the car’s abilities. Full competition is scheduled in the FIA Blancpain Series in 2014.