Bentley Motorsport confirms entry to Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup

The new Continental GT3 will race in the 2018 motorsport season

Bentley Motorsport recently unveiled the all-new Continental GT3 racecar, which is currently in development for the 2018 motorsport season.

The second generation of GT3 will be the latest dedicated racecar in an acclaimed Bentley motorsport lineage that includes the 4.5 liter, Speed Six and Speed 8 Le Mans winners.

The new Continental GT3 has been designed from the all-new Continental GT road car, utilizing its mostly aluminum structure as the foundation to deliver a race-ready weight of significantly less than 1300 kg and helping to deliver an ideal weight distribution for racing.

The engine is a new development of the renowned and race-proven 4.0-litre Bentley twin-turbo V8, with a totally redesigned dry sump system and all-new intake and exhaust systems. Unrestricted power is in excess of 550 bhp.

Exterior aerodynamic surfaces have been crafted in the wind tunnel and are based on the shape of the road car, enhancing the muscular exterior panels with aerodynamic devices for additional downforce. Suspension and braking systems are new and bespoke to the Continental GT3.

The all-new racecar has already started a six-month test program to pick up the mantle from its championship-winning predecessor, completing test work in the UK, France and Portugal. Upcoming development work includes full 24-hour endurance race simulations.

Bentley Motorsport will run a pair of new Continental GT3 racers across Europe in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup again next year, and also compete around the world in the four-round Intercontinental GT Challenge.

The new Continental GT3 will make its race debut at the opening round of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza. Updates from the development program of the new racer, and confirmation of the 2018 driver line-up, will be issued by Bentley Motorsport in due course.