The race car is based on the road-going Continental GT V8 and is an evolution of the Continental GT3 concept we first saw at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. As its name suggests, it was designed along GT3 regulations and it will first see competition next year, initially in the FIA Blancpain Series.
Responsible for its development was a man by the name of Graham Humphrys, who heads Bentley’s motorsport division. He and a team of engineers worked closely with British motorsport firm M-Sport, of World Rally Championship fame, and have managed to get the weight of the Continental GT3 race car down to 2,866, which is a staggering 2,200 pounds less than the road-going Continental GT V8.
Joining the Continental GT3 race car at Goodwood this weekend is the 2003 Le Mans-winning Bentley Speed 8 prototype as well as a number of road-going Bentley models. A couple of famous racing drivers are also present. They include four-time WRC champion Juha Kankkunen, who’ll be driving the latest Continental GT Speed up the famous Goodwood hill climb, as well as five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell in the latest Continental GT Speed Convertible.
For full details on the Bentley Continental GT3 race car, read our in-depth story, and for more from the 2013 Goodwood Festival Of Speed, check out our dedicated show hub.