Bentley revealed new details about the real-world version of its Continental GT3 race car first shown as a concept during the 2012 Paris Motor Show last September.
Of course, the car has little in common with its Continental road car cousin.
Parts are replaced at a startling place including over 2,200 lbs dropped from the curb weight. The doors only weigh 12 percent what the stock versions do. The company says it also canned over 50 ECU and electrical systems in the name of weight loss.
Under the hood, which is made of carbon fiber, there’ s a 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 pushing power through a six-speed sequential gearbox. The suspension and brakes are extensively modified with four-way adjustable dampers, a double wishbone suspension and improved brakes carrying the chassis. The car is also twice as stiff thanks to its roll cage.
Bentley will start running the car through its test program soon when more information will be available.
Future plans riding on the car include launching a racing series similar to Ferrari’s Challenge series or Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo events. The series is planned to run in Europe, North America and Asia.
But letting owners and dealers into race cars isn’t the whole plan. A street car is likely to be built as well, as Bentley marketing boss Kevin Rose said on the sidelines of the L.A. Auto Show late last year.
It still isn’t clear if the company will choose to use its 6.0-liter W12 engine or the new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 found in the GT3 car described above.