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Paris Motor Show 2012: Bentley Continental GT3 concept

Most evil looking race car ever?

One of the biggest surprises of the Paris Motor Show has been that Bentley has officially unveiled the Continental GT3 concept. Based on the Continental GT Speed, the concept previews a production race car that will enter competition in late 2013.

The company was quiet on most of the specifics, but mentioned the car will be rear-wheel drive and equipped with "state-of-the-art motorsport hardware." It will also be FIA-compliant, so it will be eligible to compete in a variety of events including 24-hour endurance races.

In a statement, Bentley Chairman Dr Wolfgang Schreiber said "The clear message from our customers is that Bentley belongs on the racetrack, and the Continental GT3 is the realization of a dream we've had ever since the launch of the Continental GT." He added, "The Continental GT3 is set to show the world what the Continental GT is capable of in its most extreme form, and establishes a solid foundation for Bentley's long-term motorsport plans."

What we do know is that it will certainly win races, as if we saw that coming up behind us we’d soil ourselves and crash out of the race.

The GT3 car will be powered by the twin turbo W12 engine, power output is likely to be around 600 bhp due to regulations. This will be more than enough though as the GT3 will be around 1250 kg, an amazing feat given the road car is over 2 tonnes.

Images courtesy of Bentley

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more