A dedicated team of Bentley engineers has been busy constructing the Continental GT3 in preparation for the British marque's highly anticipated return to the track.
Powered by a race-configured version of Bentley's highly efficient 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, the GT3 monster looks little different to its road-going cousin at this stage but Bentley assures us it will be very different.
> "Not one single part of the GT3 has escaped our attention, and the result is a car that can compete with the field in terms of factors such as power, weight and aerodynamics," revealed Bentley's Director of Motorsport Brian Gush.
To ensure the slightly portly luxury cruiser can complete with the likes of Ferrari's 458 Italia, Mercedes SLS AMG and Lamborghini's Gallardo – it has undergone some serious weight saving surgery.
Gone is the double-glazing, over fifty ECUs and extensive electrical systems. The exquisitely trimmed Continental GT doors have also been replaced by race versions, weighing just 12% of the originals. In total, more than 1000kg has been shaved over the standard Continental GT.
Bentley has made sure the classic shapely silhouette has remained so a large majority of the bodywork is a direct lift from the standard car, while doors, boot lid and bonnet are now hand-crafted in carbon fibre.
Brian Gush said, "Motorsport is an integral part of Bentley, and the performance and endurance qualities of all of our road cars reflect this racing heritage."