It might only be dubbed a concept, but don’t be fooled by
the moniker: as you’re reading this, a “dedicated motorsport team” is currently
hard at work developing the Bentley Continental GT3 racer you’re coveting
That’s right, Bentley’s going racing again. Seems a perfect
fit, somehow, doesn’t it?
Naturally, those of a tender age might struggle to recall
the company’s long history in racing, not least since Audi began mopping up at
Le Mans. But there, Bentley has form: it won most recently in 2003, for the
sixth time. And of course, any discussion including the words ‘Bentley’ and
‘motorsport’ instantly brings to mind the valiant efforts of the post-WWI ‘Bentley
Boys’ and their Speed Sixes, Birkin Blowers and works racing 3 and 4 ½-litre
monsters with superchargers from Amherst Villiers. Spiffing times of yore that
cemented the ‘Great’ into Britain.
OK, so Bentley might not be that British anymore, but whatever: this concept GT3 Continental is
being developed at Bentley’s HQ in Crewe, and sits on the Continental GT Speed’s
chassis - the fastest road-going Bentley in history.
It gets a rear-wheel-drive chassis in accordance with racing
regulations, motorsport hardware and a “comprehensive aerodynamic package”.
It’s even been given a kiss on both cheeks by the FIA, and as such, will begin
its racing career at the end of 2013, capable of - says Bentley - “a range of
race series and events, up to and including 24-hour marathons”. Le Mans
competitors, are you listening?
Helming the return is none other than Brian Gush, Bentley’s
head of chassis, powertrain and motorsport, and the chap who oversaw the 2003 one-two
Bentley victory in the Speed 8 prototypes.
Bentley chief Wolfgang Schreiber said: “The clear message
from our customers is that Bentley belongs on the racetrack. The Continental
GT3 is set to show the world what the Continental GT is capable of in its most
extreme form, and establishes a solid foundation for Bentley’s long-term
Oh, and take a closer look at that livery. See those little
Union Jack flags over the arches? That, in effect, is a hat-tip to the ‘Bentley