After previously smashing the standing production car record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with one of its Continental GT race cars in 2019 — besting the previous record by almost 8.5 seconds — Bentley is now looking to break its own record on “America’s Mountain” with a specially-prepped Continental GT3.
Piloted by Rhys Millen — who, in addition to piloting the Continental GT in 2019 also set the current Production SUV record at Pikes Peak in 2018 — the modified Continental GT3 is being touted by the British manufacturer as the “most dynamic Bentley ever built.” Developed alongside race team, Fastr and the UK’s Rodger Clark Motorsports, the GT3 racer sports a full roll cage and a custom carbon fiber wide body kit with a dual-plane front splitter, flared fenders, side-port exhausts, a large rear diffuser, and a massive rear wing — all cloaked in a JPS-esque black and gold race livery. The most noteworthy element of the race car, however, is the fact the GT3 will be powered by biofuel-based gasoline with 85% fewer emissions compared to standard fossil fuel. On June 27, 2021, the 2021 Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak Racer is scheduled to take on the 156 corners that comprise the 12.42-mile course to the mountain’s 14,115′ summit, where Millen aims to beat his previous record of 10:18.488.
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