BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT3
Final assembly of the Continental GT3 is at
M-Sport’s Cumbria, UK, facility, which is also
home for M-Sport’s Ford World Rally program.
Designing and installing the
Continental GT3’s safety systems and
race-specific items – brakes, fuel cell,
dampers, aerodynamic aids – followed the
same approach to ensure no unnecessary
weight was carried into the final product.
Assembly was done in concert with the
crew that will take charge of the racecar.
“By lightening the body shell, you’re
also reducing its stiffness, but you put
that back with the addition of the roll
cage,” Gush notes. “The end result is that
the GT3 is twice as stiff as the road car.
The bodies are prepared at Bentley’s
factory in Crewe and then sent up to
the M-Sport facility in Cumbria.
“Production time is around five weeks
per chassis; we produce them quite slowly
with a team of our guys, plus some from
our customers, so that they build the cars
with us. That’s what Dyson Racing did,
and it gives them an insight to the build
of the car and how it is transformed so
dramatically from its production origins.”
The beauty of Pirelli World
Challenge’s embrace of GT3-spec
cars can be found in the Bentley
Continental GT3. Other than
using spec tires from the series’
namesake partner, building
dampers to suit the rougher
American tracks and adding the
requisite graphics to the body,
Dyson Racing has benefited
from a turn-key solution.
“Changes are minimal, which
is wonderful, because Bentley
and M-Sport have worked hard
to make the car competitive in
the Blancpain GT Series,” says
team director/driver Chris Dyson.
“Perhaps the only significant
tweak is that the Pirelli tire we use
here is similar in construction,
but a slightly different compound
than in Blancpain. That’s really
only because we don’t have tire
warmers plus, obviously, our
races are a shorter sprint format.
“Going forward, one area for
development is shock absorbers.
But our intention right now is to
work closely with M-Sport and
what they’ve developed and get
a good crossflow of information.
It wouldn’t help right now if we
each head down different paths.”
The Continental GT3 making its debut in PWC
is little changed from the Blancpain-spec car.