lunes, 15 de julio de 2013

HOME, JAMES, AND MAKE IT QUICK ... Guy Smith takes new Bentley up ... - The Sun

HERE'S how to go racing in style — by driving a Bentley.

The luxury car maker's Continental GT3 racer was given its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by sportscar star and Bentley old boy Guy Smith.

The amazing creation will now begin development work on track prior to taking on Aston Martins, Ferraris, Porsches and McLarens in next year's Blancpain series for GT supercars.

More than 1,000kg has been stripped out of a standard Continental GT to produce the racing version.

Bentley's plush leather and wood interior trim has been sacrificed.

But the car remains a hand-crafted Bentley, with the steering wheel, door pulls and seat all hand-trimmed and stitched by the company's highly-skilled workforce at Crewe.

The Continental GT3, built in partnership with motorsport specialists M-Sport, produces 600bhp from a reconfigured 4-litre V8 engine and features a comprehensive aerodynamic package including a carbon fibre rear wing.

Bentley's Rolf Frech said: "We are now looking forward to getting the car on track and proving its potential."

No drivers for the project have been announced. But Smith, who won the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours in a Bentley Speed 8 prototype, is a leading candidate.

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