Bentley Motorsport to run Continental GT in GP Ice Race

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Bentley Motorsport will contest the 2020 GP Ice Race in Zell am See, Austria, with a specially prepared Continental GT. The Ice Race GT will be equipped with a factory built W12 twin-turbo TSI engine.

The 6-liter unit delivers 626bhp and 900Nm of torque. The Ice Race GT will run the same three-chamber air springs, 48V active anti-roll control system and iron brakes as the production vehicle on the ice track.

“I first drove the prototype Continental GTs on snow during winter testing before the launch of the car,” said Bentley’s director of motorsport, Paul Williams. “The stability and control this car has on these surfaces is unbelievable and I look forward to seeing it race in those conditions.”

The car has been kept as close to production standard as possible, with minimal changes for safety compliance including a rear roll cage, onboard fire suppression system, racing seats and harnesses.

Modifications beyond standard include an increase to the nominal ride height to give greater ground clearance, arch extensions to accommodate a 15mm increase in track width, studded Pirelli Scorpion tires, a brace of Lazer high performance lights and a custom exhaust system from Akrapovic.

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