Bentley Continental GT3 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

On the heels the of the concept car presented at the 2012 World Auto Show in Paris, the production model of the Bentley Continental GT3 is being introduced at this weekend’s  Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This event is also a perfect opportunity for the British manufacturer to commemorate its 2003 victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and to officially announce its return to the competition.

Big-name drivers

At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, four renowned pilots are expected to drive a production Bentley:

  • Juha Kankkunen will drive a Continental GT Speed
  • Derek Bell will dive in to the Continental GT Speed cabrio
  • Guy Smith will drive the 2003 Le Mans-winning Bentley Speed 7
  • David Brabham will drive the 2003 Le Mans-winning Bentley Speed 8

Guy Smith and David Brabham are the same guys who drove Bentley to victory at the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans.

About the Continental GT3 Concept

This performance car’s design is based on the Bentley Continental GT Speed, using its 6.0-litre W12 twin-turbo engine that develops 616 horsepower and 590 lbs.-ft. of torque.

Designed for racing, this car will be street legal and will weigh much less than the Continental GT Speed.

Unlike the GT Speed that has all-wheel drive, the GT3 is a rear-wheel drive speedster.

Production of only 300 units has been approved.

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