We'll find out if it's successful later this month.
Last year, the Bentley Bentayga made history after setting a new production SUV lap record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Impressively, the large luxury SUV completed the Race to the Clouds in just ten minutes and 49.9 seconds at an average speed of 65.5 mph, beating the previous record by nearly two minutes. But Bentley isn’t done yet.
This month, the British automaker will attempt a new production car record at Pikes Peak using a specially prepared ContinentalGT, which has been shown for the first time in new photos sporting a similar green livery to the record-breaking Bentayga. It will race under number #100 as a homage to Bentley’s centenary year. Powering the Continental GT is a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 that produces 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, enabling the luxury grand-tourer to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds. Bentley says the Continental GT has undergone "extensive testing in order to prepare both car and driver for the record attempt.”
"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. We are proud to demonstrate the Continental GT’s breadth of abilities in competition on a global stage,” said Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush.
"The extreme conditions of Pikes Peak 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 90-degree temperatures and clear skies can change to snow in a matter of minutes. The lack of oxygen will also impact driver Rhys Millen, who will have an onboard oxygen system fed into his helmet to reduce any effect of altitude sickness.”
Pikes Peak veteran Rhys Millen will once again be driving the Continental GT during the record attempt. "In the Pikes Peak environment it [Continental GT] really checks every box as the most competitive vehicle you could arm yourself. This is one run, one day of the year. You have to be calm, be focused and process everything that you have to” he said.
To set a new production car record at Pikes Peak, the Continental GT will need to lap the high-altitude circuit in less than ten minutes and 26.9 seconds. We’ll find out if the record attempt is successful on June 30.