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Bentley Back On The Grid With The Continental GT3 Concept Racer

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Ten years ago, Bentley were flying high both on the track and off it. In Paris, the covers were coming off a car which would, for better or worse, signal the start of a new chapter in the company’s long history; the Continental GT. A year later in 2003, Bentley stormed to a historic sixth Le Mans title claiming a famous one-two in the legendary endurance race. That was the last time a Bentley was seen on any racetrack.

That is until now. Fast forward ten years and Bentley are preparing to dive back in to the world they left behind with the unveiling of the new Continental GT3 concept racer at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Based on the manufacturer’s fastest ever road car, the Continental GT Speed, this prototype is currently under development by a team of Bentley’s motorsport aces, including several veterans from the original project. Their brief was to transform the road going car in to a track-ready machine by adopting a rear-wheel drive chassis, state-of-the-art motorsport hardware and an all-new aerodynamic package.

Development of the Continental GT3 concept racer will continue over the coming months and a test program is set for 2013. Once completed, Bentley plan to send their new competitor in to battle on the most demanding stage of all, the Le Mans 24 hours.

Can they really come full circle and repeat the feats of ten years ago? If they could, it would be one of the most remarkable comebacks in motorsport history.

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