The British automaker Bentley will return to the world of GT3 racing with this specially developed Continental. It’s been ten years since the Crewe-based company participated in motorsport, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours. The car you see in these photos is based on the Continental GT Speed but it ditches the all-wheel drive layout in favor of a rear-wheel drive configuration. In addition, the car’s aerodynamics have been completely updated, with the car featuring a carbon rear diffuser and front splitter, along with a race-specification rear wing that will generate additional downforce. There aren’t any details at the moment regarding the engine, but most likely it will get a race-spec turbocharged W12.
The development program for the GT3 will continue this upcoming winter and it will be followed by a test program next year, prior to a full race debut in the second half of 2013. It will be eligible to participate in various types of races, including the hard 24-hour endurance events, even though GT3-spec cars do not participate at Le Mans.
According to Bentley, this Continental GT3 will stay true to the firm’s motorsport roots, a philosophy of spawning race cars from their road-legal counterparts. The company’s chairman and chief executive said recently that this GT3 version can be considered as the most extreme form of the Continental GT.