Will renewable fuel power Bentley to a Pikes Peak hat trick?

Bentley has set documents at the Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb with its Bentayga SUV and Continental GT coupe, but now it is really likely for a hat trick, this time utilizing renewable fuel.

A Bentley Continental GT3 race auto modified to run on renewable fuel will race at the 2021 Pikes Peak hill climb, scheduled for June 27, Bentley introduced Monday in a push launch. Driver Rhys Millen will goal for the Time Attack 1 record, to go with the production SUV report reached with the Bentayga in 2018, and the output automobile history scored with the Continental GT in 2019.

Bentley didn’t offer a great deal depth on the gasoline it planned to use, but claimed blends presently staying examined could cut down greenhouse fuel emissions by 85% in contrast to typical gasoline or diesel.

The Continental GT3 that will be employed at Pikes Peak is a modified version of a automobile raced in the preferred GT3 classification ahead of Bentley’s exit at the finish of 2020. Bentley programs to operate with two race teams—United Kingdom-dependent Fastr and United States-dependent K-Pax Racing—to operate Pikes Peak, with technological support from U.K. agency M-Sport.

Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak

Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak

Alone a modified version of the Continental GT road car, the GT3 will get further modifications for Pikes Peak, like the most significant rear wing at any time fitted to a Bentley and an similarly enormous rear diffuser and two-plane front splitter. Electricity comes from the very same twin-turbocharged 4.-liter V-8 utilised in the road auto, but it is really modified to run on renewable gasoline and develop satisfactory energy at Pikes Peak’s large altitude (the starting off line is at 9,300 ft previously mentioned sea level and the finish line is at 14,100 ft).

Bentley plans to get started tests the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak race vehicle in the U.K. in advance of transport it to the U.S. for substantial-altitude tests. A development report will be introduced in May well, forward of the managing of the hill climb in June.

Bentley is just not the only automaker investigating solutions to standard fossil fuels. Porsche is testing synthetic gasoline made making use of methanol in its very own race cars, and is performing with a number of companions on a pilot plant in Chile to produce the gasoline.

If all goes according to approach, however, renewable gas will have a pretty short useful life in new Bentley highway vehicles. Bentley options to start its 1st electrical motor vehicle in 2025, and go all-electric by 2030.