Bentley on Friday released more details on the renewable fuel Continental GT3 race car, which it plans to run and the 2021 Pikes Peak Hillclimb that is scheduled for June 27
The GT3 racer is powered by the same twin turbo 4.0-Liter V8 used in the Continental GT Road car, but it is tuned to produce 750 hp and 1000 Nm of torque at sea level. The Pikes Peak is 9300 feet above sea level, therefore, the air is thinner which robs engine power. Bentley claims the engine will have a higher output for the race
Modifications to the engine include additional boost pressure, new connecting Rod, Pistons and a carbon fibre intake manifold to handle that extra pressure. It also has a Inconel exhaust manifolds from Akropovič.
The engine runs on Bentley’s 98RON renewable racing fuel. Bentley has not provided much detail, but it states it is a blend of advanced biofuels.
More modifications include an upgraded cooling system, water cooled brakes, and Pikes-specific suspension setup, including reduced camber and the softest possible springs and anti-rollbar, allowing more weight transfer and braking. The gearbox is the same as in standard GT3.I.e., six-speed sequential gearbox.
Thinner air at high altitude means aerodynamic elements do not generate as much downforce as they do at sea level. To compensate for that, Bentley has installed the largest rear wing it’s ever fitted to a car. It also gets two-plane front splitter and separate dive planes at front for Balance. Bentley said, At sea level, these elements generate 30% more downforce than the standard GT3.
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