The other big news is that this monster Bentley can tackle the mountain with a near-clean conscience. It’ll be running on renewable biofuel-based gasoline, with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 per cent.
“We are delighted to be returning to Pikes Peak for a third time – now powered by renewable fuel”, said Dr Matthias Rabe, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Engineering.
“Our powertrain engineers are already researching both biofuels and e-fuels for use by our customers alongside our electrification programme. In the meantime, the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak will show that renewable fuels can allow motorsport to continue in a responsible way, and hopefully it will capture the third and final record in our triple crown.”
The engine? The gloriously thunderous 4.0-litre twin-turbo from the Continental GT V8, which, thanks to some modifications and the biofuel, still “develops significant horsepower despite the rarefied conditions it will operate in”. More technical details will be released closer to the event.