Bentley has shown off its green credentials with a win in the Greenpower Corporate Challenge that took place at a race circuit in Goodwood over the weekend. Bentley’s entry in the challenge was the Continental DC (Direct Current), a small single-seater vehicle built out of carbon fiber and powered by a 24-volt motor.

The compact motor develops just 0.5hp and 7Nm (5.1lb-ft) of torque. This is enough to propel the vehicle to a top speed of 40mph over a range of about 80 miles on a single charge. Full carbon-fiber construction, from the 16in wheels to the monocoque body, ensures the vehicle weighs in at just 120kg. Trademark Bentley features include a chrome-finished grille and Alcantara trim.

Greenpower is a series of events that aims to promote greater interest in young people to follow careers in the fields of engineering and technology. This year’s event saw 25 teams take part, with 15 school entries and 10 company teams.

The car was in fact designed, engineered and built by a team of apprentices who now plan to enter it in the upcoming ‘F24+’ eco challenge. The series consists of eight 90-minute endurance race events which will culminate in a grand final at Goodwood in October.