Bentley will return to Pikes Peak in 2021 two years after setting the record for a production model in July 2019. This time the British automaker wants to compete for the record for Time Attack 1 and it will do so with a very special vehicle. Meet the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak, the brand’s first racing car to run on renewable fuel.
Clearly, based on the Conti GT3, the new competitor will run on biofuel-based gasoline, with Bentley claiming that “various fuel blends are currently being tested and evaluated.” The company estimates that up to 85% of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions compared to standard fossil fuels are possible. Bentley says this is just the first step in a larger biofuels and e-fuels program.
Described as “the most extreme road car-based Bentley in history,” the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak is powered by a version of the company’s 4.0-liter turbo V8. Numerous modifications to the engine should ensure that it will be able to operate up to 14,100 feet (4,298 meters) above sea level. Short, side-outlet tailpipes should generate the dramatic sound that you would expect from such a hardcore racing car.
Other changes include reworked aerodynamics, including cooling air scoops in place of the rear windows. More importantly, the car gets “the largest rear spoiler ever fitted to a Bentley,” which sits above a new, highly efficient diffuser. The car will be driven during Pikes Peak 2021 by Rhys Millen.
“We are delighted to be returning to Pikes Peak for the third time – now powered by renewable fuels, as a project to launch another new element of our Beyond100 program,” comments Matthias Rabe, member of the engineering board of Bentley. “Our powertrain engineers are already researching both biofuels and electronic fuels for our customers to use alongside our electrification program – with milestones in the adoption of renewable fuels at the Crewe plant and for our fleet. business.