Bentley Motors targets Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record

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Bentley Motors has revealed plans to attempt to break the outright production car record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the Continental GT. The current record and time to beat is 10:26.9.

Last year, the record for a production SUV at Pikes Peak was set by the Bentley Bentayga in a time of 10:49.9 – taking nearly two minutes off the previous record and averaging 107km/h.

The Continental GT is equipped with the OEMs standard W12 engine and has undergone extensive testing in order in preparation for the record attempt.

Brian Gush, Bentley’s director of motorsport, said, “We have taken much learning from our successful visit to Pikes Peak last year with the Bentley Bentayga and applied it to our preparations this time around.

“The extreme conditions pose a significant challenge. With the start line being at 9,300ft and climbing to 14,100ft, the air is 1/3rd less dense than at sea level. The weather will also play a vital role in the run as 32°C temperatures and clear skies can change to snow in a matter of minutes.”

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