M-Sport Announced As Bentley’s Motorsport PartnerMonday, December 17, 2012 17:39 by Arman Barari
Bentley Continental GT3 will finally make its UK debut – after visiting Paris and Los Angeles earlier in the year – at the 2013 Autosport Stage in Birmingham next month. Bentley also confirmed M-Sport Ltd at their new partner to help them with the challenges they will face in their comeback to the world of motorsport.
M Sport is a name associated with Rallying, as a partner of Ford WRC team. They have even enjoyed two world championship titles. For Bentley, they will design and develop specialist components, together with design work and project organisation being undertaken in-house at Crewe.
There is still a lot of work to do before the Continental GT3 becomes competition-ready, but they have a lot of time. The car is set to make its track debut by the end of 2013.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, comments: “Not only do we now have a world-beating operation in M-Sport as our new Technical Partner, but we have the honour of showing our Continental GT3 concept at Autosport International. The car continues to attract interest from around the globe, which is very encouraging as we progress the detail design. The whole team is looking forward to the exciting months ahead.”
Commenting on the new partnership, M-Sport’s Managing Director Malcolm Wilson remarks: “Joining forces with Bentley to help create the new Continental GT3 is a rare privilege. Bentley’s design and analysis work to-date has shown that the Continental GT road car can become an extremely competitive race car, and we are looking forward to capitalising on our extensive competition car development experience and success to help Bentley realise its goals.”