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Bentley Continental GT3 2013/2014
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Bentley Continental GT3

When Bentley Motors launched the first press images of the new Bentley Continental GT3 in September 2012, that meant a long 'run-up'. Their project of a coupé designed for racing was still at an early stage of maturity. In that infant stage it was merely sufficient for first driving tests to be carried out in order to obtain essential data for further development. When the decision was made to unveil the model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, scheduled for July 12-14, 2013, a very tight timeframe was set for completion.

Bentley Continental GT3

Bentley's Motorsport Director Brian Gush had to rely on off-site development. He was responsible for overseeing development and construction, which was to take place at facilities set up by Malcolm Wilson, specializing in motorsport, in Cumbria, Great Britain. Although the Goodwood Festival of Speed was an event where more or less but 'demonstration runs' were performed, the debutant had to show its potential in front of a demanding audience, interspersed with top-class experts and knowledgeable journalists.

Bentley Continental GT3

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It was not until months later that the factory gave the 'thumbs up' for the first race under competition conditions. The 'Gulf 12 Hours' at the Marina-Circuit in the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi was chosen for this purpose. An immense amount of fine-tuning had been done to elevate the GT3 to a level where it could hold its own against international competition. This is exemplified in the exterior appearance by completely redesigned rear wing supports. Likewise, the significantly more forward position of the exhaust system's side exit indicates that a change to the bodywork was ultimately accepted for its optimization.

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