The Continental GT special coupe was developed for the Pikes Peak high-speed climb competition.
Bentley ran the final series of races with the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak coupe, which was prepared for high-speed climbs, and finally shared the technical parameters of this unusual car. The specifics of the Pikes Peak competition are such that Bentley could not exhibit the standard Continental GT3 model, so the car had to be significantly modified.
Firstly, for greater efficiency of the car in the corners, the camber angle of the wheels was reduced, and to improve the redistribution of the load during braking, the softest springs were installed, as well as stabilizers that are on the Bentley list. The brakes themselves are equipped with a water cooling circuit to help fight overheating.
Secondly, the largest wing in the history of the brand’s models was mounted on the Bentley Continental GT. Along with a new diffuser, two-level splitter and wing beams, it provides 30% more downforce compared to the base GT3. Most of these elements are printed from nylon composite with added carbon fiber.
But under the hood of the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak installed a racing version of the V8 4.0 engine with two turbochargers. It replaced the pistons and connecting rods, installed enlarged superchargers with external bypass flaps, as well as a carbon fiber intake manifold with thickened walls. The titanium tailpipes are laser-sintered by Akrapovic and extend just behind the front wheels.
During testing, this engine showed a return of 760 hp. and 1000 Nm of maximum torque. By comparison, the Continental GT’s highest performing road car, the Speed version, produces 659 hp. and 900 Nm of maximum torque and accelerates to 100 km / h in 3.6 seconds. At the same time, the engine of the racing coupe does not run on ordinary fuel, but on a bio-mixture called 98RON Renewable Racing Fuel, which was synthesized specifically for motorsport.