Bentley seems to be on a mission to conquer every challenge that is there on this planet. After the mighty peaks of Colorado, the car-giant has set eyes to take on the Zell Am See ice race in Austria, with an all-new Continental GT.
The specially prepared coupe will be the first Bentley to race in the 2nd edition of the famous GP ice race. The specs of the Continental GT has been deliberately kept similar to the factory specs. That’s because the factory stock 6.9- liter - W12 turbocharged TSI engine is powerful enough to produce a whopping 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. It is powerful enough to take the Continental GT to 60 miles per hour from a standstill in just 2.7 seconds.
Some key aspects had to be modified in the coupe, given that it will race on an ice track. To better the handling style, the all-wheel-drive vehicle is fitted with wide arches to increase the track width by 15 mm. For more grip, the GT will have studded Pirelli Scorpion tires. It will also have a custom unit from Akrapovic. Apart from that, standard racing pre-cautions like the roll-cage, racing harnesses, fire-suppression system, and racing seats will be fitted to the already equipped Bentley Continental GT.
The car will run a livery that will pay homage to its compatriot that smashed the production record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last year. Speaking of looks, it looks fantastic with the light-blue-on-black color scheme but what really makes it unique looking are the additions to the exterior.
We all love safari builds. Beefing up a regular saloon makes a good looking car cooler but what Bentley has pulled off with the new car is soothing to the eye. Such minute additions make the Continental GT an aggressive-looking car. Even the alloy wheels are colored in a way that compliments the livery and all-in-all, it makes for a great package. It’s small details like this that make the Continental GT all the more appealing.
The car will be driven by Catie Munnings, winner of the FIA European Rally Championship Ladies Trophy and former host of CBeebies show Catie’s Amazing Machines. She will be the first female driver in the modern era to competitively race for Bentley Motorsport.
And Bentley has a rich history of racing in extreme conditions. From competing with trains to last years conquering the Pikes Peak, Bentley has never shied away from highering the standards. And given that this is the luxury car’s first time race on ice, the anticipation can not get the better of us.