Bentley has revealed the specially prepared Continental GT that will participate at the world-renowned Pikes Peak Hill Climb on June 30.
The British car maker aims to break the production car record of the hill climb, after setting last year the record for a production SUV with the Bentley Bentayga.
The specially prepared Bentley Continental GT W12 will participate in the race with the number 100, with the current record and time to beat being 10:26.9.
“We have taken much learning from our successful visit to Pikes Peak last year with the Bentley Bentayga and applied it to our preparations this time around,” said Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush. “We are proud to demonstrate the Continental GT’s breadth of abilities in competition on a global stage.”
Pikes Peak veteran Rhys Millen will sit behind the wheel of the Bentley Continental GT. “In the Pikes Peak environment it [Continental GT] really checks every box as the most competitive vehicle you could arm yourself. This is one run, one day of the year. You have to be calm, be focused and process everything that you have to,” Millen commented.
Pikes Peak is one of the most challenging hill climbs in the world, with the start line being at 9,300ft and climbing to 14,100ft. The air is one third less dense than at sea level while the weather can change from 90-degree temperatures and clear skies to snow in a matter of minutes.
To compensate for the lack of oxygen, Rhys Millen will have an on-board oxygen supply directly into his helmet to reduce any effect of altitude sickness.
Stay tuned for Bentley’s record attempt at Pikes Peak on June 30.