The Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak proved to be the fastest race car running on renewable fuel at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb finishing fourth overall.
The car competed on a course that was shortened due to icy conditions at the Pikes Peak summit, crossing the finish line in 6:36.281 despite suffering a late engine issue.
The time was good enough to beat all other sustainability-focused entrants, including fully electric competitors.
Bentley’s director of motorsport, Paul Williams, said: “I’m proud to have entered such a strong renewably-powered racecar – the fastest at the event - and equally proud of the team that’s delivered this project. This is the first step on Bentley’s renewable fuel journey, and there will be many more opportunities to come. Perhaps we’ll even come back to Pikes Peak next year.”
Bentley’s entry into the 2021 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was the company’s third in recent years, following successful record runs in both a specially-prepared Bentayga (Production SUV record) and a Continental GT (outright Production Class record).
It also marks the start of a long-term renewable fuels programme that has the ultimate goal of being able to offer genuinely sustainable fuels to Bentley customers.
Bentley’s 2021 PPIHC project also signals the start of a new focus on sustainability for Bentley’s Motorsport department, with every area of Bentley now concentrating on delivering the brand’s Beyond100 strategy to transform into the world’s leading sustainable luxury car company.
The 750+ bhp Continental GT3 Pikes Peak is Bentley’s first renewably-powered racecar, but it certainly won’t be the last.
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