Great news for Bentley Racing fans: there will be a Bentley GT3 car after the current generation Continental GT3 program ends. Speaking to Sportscar365, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, said “eventually there will be a new [Continental] GT, so as the cycle goes, there will be a new Continental GT3 race car.”
“Eventually there will be a new [Continental] GT, so as the cycle goes, there will be a new Continental GT3 race car.”
The all new Continental GT will be introduced in the next 12 months and is the first all new GT since the original was unveiled in 2003. According to Gush, lessons from the Motorsport program have had an influence on the new road car. For emissions and performance, we expect the new car to be lighter than the outgoing car, which benefits the race car. We also believe the new GT will have an engine that resides behind the front axle, unlike the current car, which hangs its W12 twin-turbo out in front of the axle.
The current engine arrangement didn’t impact racing as the GT3 race car ditched the road car’s all-wheel drive system for rear wheel drive and moved the V8 engine rearwards. However, the shape of the new engine compartment could give the new GT3 an improvement over the current model when it comes to center of gravity and options for engine placement.
Development on the grand tourer has been progressing quickly with engineering models being photographed testing in the real world more frequently. Speculation is that the 2018 Continental GT will be unveiled yet this year.
Source: Sportscar 365