A concept version of the GT3 was previously revealed at the Paris motor show
More than 1000kg has been saved over the standard Continental
Bentley's 4.0-litre V8 powers the new GT3
Bentley's Continental GT3, the firm's first racing car for a decade, is almost ready to take to the track.
The Continental-based racer is powered by a competition-tuned version of Bentley's 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. A six-speed sequential racing gearbox handles transmission duties.
Exactly how much power the Bentley has is yet to be announced, but the production V8 outputs 500bhp. That allows the standard 2295kg Continental to accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.6sec.
In keeping with its competitive nature, however, Bentley says that over 1000kg of weight has been saved over the Continental GT road car by removing equipment and surplus parts.
The GT3 retains the Continental's silhouette as the main bodyshell is the same, but much of the weight saving has been achieved by constructing the doors, boot lid and bonnet from carbonfibre.
Double wishbone suspension, four-way adjustable dampers and competition brakes make up the chassis system, while the body shell now carries an FIA-specification roll cage and a carbonfibre seat.
The manufacturer says that the Continental GT3 will soon be ready to being testing ahead of an unspecified race debut.
Bentley's Director of Motorsport Brian Gush said "Motorsport is an integral part of Bentley, and the performance and endurance qualities of all of our road cars reflect this racing heritage.
"Not one single part of the GT3 has escaped our attention, and the result is a car that can compete with the field in terms of factors such as power, weight and aerodynamics.”