Rhys Millen and Bentley are planning to chase the manufacturing SUV record up the fearsome Pikes Peak hillclimb in a Bentayga prepared by Bentley Motorsport. Nope, we are not pulling your leg.
The latest SUV document on the famed strip of Colorado blacktop – formerly gravel, alas no lengthier – is 12:53.61, which means Millen and his hotted-up barge will need to normal at minimum 60mph (97km/h) on the 156-corner training course.
Ability in the Pikes Peak-grade Bentley will appear from the identical 447kW/900Nm twin-turbo W12 in the range-topping variant, respiratory via an aftermarket Akrapovic exhaust.
Air suspension, Pirelli tyres and intelligent Volkswagen Team 48V active anti-roll tech have all been borrowed from the production variation, way too.
Despite the fact that it’s effectively a production motor vehicle underneath, there will be a few race-ready touches on board the big Bentley. A comprehensive roll-cage, hearth-suppression method and racing harnesses have all been fitted, just in situation some thing goes wrong on the sky-superior Pikes Peak system.
The racer will be finished in an eye-catching shade of ‘Rodium Satin’ with black chrome trim. It’s undergoing large-speed testing as we converse, in advance of Pikes Peak on June 24.
“The prospect to race with Bentley at Pikes Peak is a person that I could not move up. I visited the Bentley manufacturing facility in Crewe, England past month and was surprised at the amount of talent that goes in to handcrafting these automobiles,” reported Rhys Millen.
“I also experienced the likelihood to generate the race-prepared auto for the initially time and was blown away by the functionality which is already readily available. I’m seriously seeking forward to making ready for the race, competing on the mountain with Bentley and ideally boasting a new SUV file.”
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