Last year, pilot Rhys Millen behind the wheel of a Bentley Bentayga updated the Pikes Pick record in the off-road class. Now the British plan that their Continental GT will be the fastest among all production cars.
Bentley infrequently swings at performance records. Their horse is sheep’s rugs or diamond watches. That is why last year the Bentayga crossover naturally blew the Pikes Peak, improving the previous achievement in the SUV class by two minutes. This year, the British will strike at a new record. And we already know the details.
The Continental GT coupe with a standard six-liter W12, developing 635 forces and 900-newton meters, will fight for the title of the fastest production car. Transmission – standard eight-speed automatic. And all the improvements, in fact, boiled down to the installation of a safety cage. As a result, the curb weight of the car was very impressive – nearly two and a half tons.
The legendary Rhys Millen will sit behind the wheel of a coupe again – a man who climbed a hill in 10 minutes and 49.9 seconds behind the wheel of the Bentaigi. Now he will have to do the same thing in less than 10: 26.9. It is this time that is still the best among all production cars that go to the start of Pikes Peak. The result belongs to the Porsche 911 Turbo S and has been holding since 2014.
Pikes Peak is a very difficult competition. The twenty-kilometer track is replete with both long straight and cunning bolt studs. The start takes place at an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level, and to the finish, line pilots climb to an altitude of 4300 m. Oxygen starvation is not uncommon here. Most pilots use onboard oxygen-air mixture systems. Will Bentley be able to win another record? We learn already on June 30.