BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT3 ENGINE
Bentley was founded on the high performance of its engines in combination with its pursuit of luxury to produce the world’s most desirable high performance grand tourers: a journey of powerful luxury. The Continental GT3’s public journey started in September of 2012 when it was unveiled at Goodwood and Guy Smith drove it up the hill. A Bentley Boy since 2001, Guy Smith took the checquered flag at the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Bentley Speed 8, giving Bentley its first Le Mans win in over 70 years.
Guy Smith also drove the Continental for its racing debut at the Abu Dhabi Gulf 12 Hours in December 2013 for Team M-Sport Bentley where the Continental GT3 came in fourth in its inaugural race. In addition to his driving of the Continental GT3 in the Pirelli World Challenge the latter part of the 2014 season for Dyson Racing Team Bentley, he shares a Continental GT3 with Steven Kane and Andy Meyrick in the Blancpain Endurance Series. They finished the 2014 Blancpain season with two wins in Europe and the runner-up spot in the championship.
The legendary Bentley 3 Litre that gave the marquee its first Le Mans win in 1924 was one of the first production cars with four valves per cylinder and an overhead camshaft. The four-cylinder engine used two spark plugs per cylinder and sported twin carburetors. Power output was around 70 bhp – a far cry from the Continental GT3’s 600 bhp.
|HORSEPOWER||Up to 600bhp|
|LOCATION||Front-engine positioned rearward|
|ENGINE MANAGEMENT||Cosworth engine management|
|VALVE CONFIGURATION||32 valve DOHC|
|LUBRICATION||Dry sump w/Mobil 1|
|COOLING||Single water pump|
|FUEL SYSTEM Gasoline fuel injection|
|PISTONS||Forged aluminum alloy|
|CONNECTING RODS||Machined alloy steel|