Bentley aims for Pikes Peak record
The two-tonne luxury SUV is all set to take part in one of the most historic hill climbs
If you Google “the Race to the Clouds”, you’ll see a bunch of heavily-modified vehicles scaling the 4,720ft Pikes Peak. Earlier we told you that Volkswagen’s all-electric, I.D. R Pikes Peak is all set to climb this 20km track and now, another car manufacturer from the VW group is set to climb the Pikes Peak. What you are seeing here is a neon-green Bentayga which will take on the 96th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the production SUV class. The man responsible for this job is two-time Pikes Peak champion, Rhys Mille.
“Our preparation for the event has been extremely thorough, and our Bentley Motorsport race engineers have produced a car that demonstrates the Bentayga’s inherent potential to the full.” Says Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush.
The British car manufacturer has made some minor alterations to the standard Bentayga to make it race ready. The car is now 300kg lighter and is fitted with a carbon fibre front splitter, diffuser, side skirts, roll cage, racing seats, an Akrapovic sports exhaust and a rear spoiler for better aerodynamics. Under the hood, there is a W12 engine which produces 600bhp and 899Nm of torque, the same output as the stock motor. Bentley says that to achieve this feat the car needs to have an average speed of 96kph. It is also equipped with a 48V electric active anti-roll system and adaptive air suspension, again from the stock Bentayga.