The one-off GT will compete on a frozen racetrack carved from snow.
A few days ago, Bentley teased a new mystery model based on the Continental GT. There was a lot of speculation about whether the rally-style Bentley Continental GT will be a one-off, a hardcore production car, or a concept, but now we finally have the answer. Bentley has unveiled a new one-off ice racing version of the Continental GT, which will compete in the 2020 GP Ice Race in Zell am See.
As you can see in the photos, Bentley's new Ice Race Continental GT wears a special blue livery that pays tribute to the Continental GT that set a production car record the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Under the hood is the same 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine as the production car that produces 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, resulting in a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 207 mph.
The extreme ice racer has been kept as close to the production car as possible, but modifications have been made to help the Continental GT cope with the treacherous conditions. These include an increased ride height to give greater ground clearance, wheel arch extensions to accommodate the 0.59-inch wider track, studded Pirelli Scorpion tires, Lazer high-performance lights, and a custom exhaust system developed by Akrapovic, which manufactures the bespoke exhaust for the Continental GT.
The roof also features a bespoke rack with a pair of Bomber for Bentley Centenary Edition skis. On-board safety equipment includes a rear roll cage, on-board fire suppression system, racing seats, and harnesses. Driving the Ice Race Bentley Continental GT will be Junior World Rally Championship driver Catie Munnings, who will be the first female driver of the modern era to race for Bentley Motorsport.
"The opportunity to race with Bentley at Zell am See is one that I couldn't miss. I'm completely blown away by the car, and I actually still can't believe I'm getting let loose in a Bentley to do an ice race," said Munnings. "I spent some time on ice in the car just before Christmas. At first I thought it would feel heavy, but I was amazed by how dynamic, nimble and responsive it is. It can dance like a lightweight rally car, and I can't wait to race it at such an iconic event"
"I first drove the prototype Continental GTs on snow during winter testing before the launch of the car. The stability and control this car has on these surfaces is unbelievable and I look forward to seeing it race in those conditions," Paul Williams, Bentley's Director of Motorsport, added.
First run in 1937 and revived in 2009, the GP Ice Race sees drivers compete in historic and modern race and rally cars on a 0.3-mile frozen racetrack carved from the snow.