Bentley will attempt to set a third Pikes Peak record on June 27.
Bentley is no stranger to smashing records at the Pikes Pike International Hillclimb. In 2018, the Bentley Bentayga set a new SUV record after completing the challenging hillclimb circuit in 10 minutes and 49.9 seconds. A year later, the Bentley Continental GT set a new production car record at the Race to the Clouds. But Bentley hasn't finished chasing records yet. For the 2021 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Bentley will attempt to set a new Time Attack 1 record with the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak running on alternative fuel. Bentley showed off the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak last month, and now we know the technical details.
Billed as the "most extreme road-going Bentley ever built," the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 reworked to generate more than 750 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque at sea level for testing.
This unit will have even more power when the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak goes racing. Bentley has modified the V8 with new pistons and conrods, as well as a thicker carbon fiber intake manifold and larger turbos. It also features custom unique 3D-printed exhaust manifolds by Akrapovic.
In a first for Bentley, the engine runs on 98RON Renewable Racing Fuel, a blend of advanced biofuels with a greenhouse gas reduction of up to 85 percent. Providing additional engine cooling is a secondary cooling system at the back. Air scoops also replace the rear windows channeling air through a secondary radiator, which then exits through ducts in the trunk lid.
A standard Bentley racing transmission is fitted, but the size of the rear driveshaft has increased. To cope with the demands of Pikes Peak, the chassis has been tweaked with reduced camber on the front and rear axles, softer springs and anti-roll bars.
Thanks to the car's aerodynamic modifications, the downforce has increased by 30 percent at sea level. At the rear is the largest wing ever fitted to a Bentley, along with a prominent diffuser. An enormous two-plane front splitter dominates the front. Final testing and development for the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak will continue for the next few weeks before Bentley attempts to set a third Pikes Peak record on June 27.