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Bentley’s 626HP Continental GT GP Ice Racer Is Ready To Slay The Slopes

On the heels of Bentley’s domineering Pikes Peak run last year, the luxury brand has announced that it’ll be taking its award-winning Continental GT into new areas of the road racing circuit — most notably, its ice-faring counterpart. For 2020, the powerful platform aims to secure yet another storied performance at the upcoming GP Ice Race in Zell am See, adding to the company’s record-breaking 2007 and 2011 showings.

Bentley’s transition from the blacktop to the less-predictable, ice-covered roadway doesn’t come without its own intricacies. For the GP, the company’s 626-horsepower, W12 twin-turbocharged Continental GT has taken on a slew of winter-ready parts, including three-chamber air springs, a 48V active anti-roll control system, and iron brakes. But that’s not all — a selection of performance-oriented safety measures have been implemented to keep the car as dependable as possible, calling upon an on-board fire suppression system, rear roll cage, race-approved harnesses, and seats, and a ride-height increase to clear obscured objects. On the vehicle’s roof, a bespoke rack system displays a set of Bomber for Bentley Centenary Edition skis. Look for the car at this year’s GP Ice Race, where it will be helmed by Bentley’s first modern-day female rally racer, Catie Munnings.

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