Rhys Millen’s (Nearly) Bone-Stock Bentley Bentayga Is Ready For Pikes Peak

The name Millen carries a lot of weight at Pikes Peak. Rod Millen won the famous hillclimb event no less tha five times in a (heavily modified) Toyota Celica. And his son Rhys won twice – first in a Hyundai Genesis Coupe, then in an electric prototype – which still holds the record in its class (though Volkswagen may have a thing or two to say about that this year). Now Rhys Millen is returning for this year’s Race to the Clouds in the vehicle you see here.

It’s a Bentley Bentayga that, as we’ve previously reported, is all but completely bone-stock. To meet the regulations, its interior has been stripped and fitted with a full roll cage, racing seat, and fire-suppression system.

It also has an Akrapovic exhaust fitted, and the optional Styling Specification Kit – complete with carbon fibre front splitter, diffuser, side skirts, and rear spoiler – that any customer can order from their local dealership. But otherwise, it’s as close to showroom stock as the rules will allow. It still required six months of preparation, but now it’s ready – complete with Radium Satin (read: electric yellow) paintjob and sponsor decals.

“We’ve honed the Bentayga’s incredible abilities and ensured we have a car for Pikes Peak that’s both safe and fast through two very productive test sessions with the Bentley Motorsport team,” said Millen. “The course is one you can only attack with a car that can gain and lose speed very quickly, because it’s so tight and twisty. The combination of 600 bhp, 664 lb ft (900 Nm) and carbon ceramic brakes means that the Bentayga can accelerate and decelerate incredibly hard – and that’s what I’ll be counting on for my run. I can’t wait to get started at the mountain later this week.”

If Millen’s going to take the record for production vehicles at the event this year, he’ll have to average over 60 miles per hour along the 12.42-mile course and its 156 corners. And we’re eager to see how he manages it in a vehicle that – even after 300 kg (661 lbs) have been stripped from the interior – still weighs a solid two tons.

more photos...
  • Pikes Peak is coming soon, beside the VW ID and Bentayga. Acura as usual bringing several cars and surprised guest from Belgium, Valina Ickx will be driving Gillet Vertigo (Remember those?)

This Shed Is Probably Faster Than Your Car – Wait, What?

The small building on wheels started life as a Volkswagen Passat and is powered by an Audi RS4 V8 engine.

Land Rover Defender Flying Huntsman 6×6 Goes For Almost $300K!

Apart from the extra axle, this Defender features a pickup truck conversion and a ‘Vette-sourced, 430 HP V8.

This Is How The 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class May Look Like

The revamped S-Class will feature taillights similar to the current CLS, but the rest of its design is, right now, just speculation.

Black Honda S2000 Club Racer Is Very Rare, Desirable, And Relatively Affordable

The CR uses the same 237 HP naturally aspirated four as the regular S2K, but sports some chassis and bodywork mods.

Is Porsche Understating The New 911 Carrera S’ Power Figures?

Officially, the twin-turbo flat-six churns out a very respectable 443 HP, but in reality, that number could be closer to 480 HP.

Pay $20 For A Chance To Win A 2020 Toyota Supra And Support A Good Cause

Money raised from this Supra Launch Edition raffle will benefit a children’s hospital.

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Meets 991 GT2 RS, 997 GT3 RS For A Tire-Slaying Fest

How does the new 718 Cayman GT4 compare to two of the finest 911s Porsche’s GT division has ever created?.

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA: Mini CLS Or Sleeker Alternative To The A-Class?

The new CLA is a good daily driver and a quality item, so if you don’t mind the cramped back seat, go for it.

It’ll Cost You $26k To Make Your Vantage Look Like This, Get An Extra 90 Horses

While the price does seem steep, bear in mind that this is a $150k Aston, and the list consists of quite a few upgrades.

Suzuki Jimny Shows Its Off-Roading Prowess Against A Triumph Scrambler

With a mere 101 HP, power is not the Jimny’s strong suit. It’s off-road capabilities, though, are, but do they suffice against the Triumph?.