Something that weighs over two tonnes shouldn’t be that fast, right? You look into a car made for racing and you don’t see a centre arm rest covered in leather and polished wood do you? You certainly don’t take the car you use for long, luxurious, wafty journeys on one of the most dangerous hill climb courses in the world. Or do you?
This Bentley Continental GT has just claimed the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record with a time of 10:18:488. That makes it not just the fastest Bentley on that run, but the fastest production car, ever.
Rhys Millen was the man behind the wheel who managed to shave off over 8 seconds from the previous record of 10:26.9, set by David Donner in a Porsche 911 Turbo S back in 2015. I think Porsche may want another go at it now.
The W12-powered GT that holds the title was entirely factory spec minus the additional roll cage, a fire suppressant system, and a racing seat with six-point harness. And in reference to this year being Bentley’s 100th Anniversary, its black grill was painted with the number 100.
Bentley seem to be making a habit of nabbing track records, as only last year a Bentayga set the production SUV record at ‘Race to the Clouds’. There, it nailed the record by two minutes with a 10:49.9. Surely, manufacturers with specialised and lightweight sports cars won’t let this Crewe based company hold on to these records for too long? There very well may be more news soon.