Bentley confirmed its lineup for this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, and it is an army of horsepower led by the special forces version of the Continental, the GT3 racing car. Behind it is the low-flying Speed 8 Le Mans car, and after that the heavy artillery crew including the Flying Spur and the latest Continental GT Speed models, equipped with the W12 engine.
The Bentley Continental GT3 race car is quite an important machine, not just because the sight of a fat Bentley in racing overalls is plain awesome, but also because it marks the brand’s return to the world of motorsport.
The GT3 will celebrate its global debut at Goodwood estate as its Speed brothers are taking on the hill in the hands of the legendary Le Mans winner Derek Bell. Derek comments: “Coming back to Goodwood with Bentley is always a real honour, and this year I have the pleasure of driving a 616 bhp convertible up the infamous hill. 2013 is certain to be a great year for us at the Festival.”
You will also get a first-hand look at two examples of the Speed 8 prototype car. It comes to GFoS to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the famous Bentley 1-2 finish at Le Mans in 2003. They will be piloted up the hill in formation by the same pair of drivers – Guy Smith in Number 7, and David Brabham in Number 8.
With a lineup like that, no one is going to pay any attention to the Flying Spur. It has to sit at the back of the booth all by itself, thinking why they made it so ugly and ungainly.