Bentley is interested in electric endurance racingApril 14, 2020
The British brand is preparing to complete the Continental GT3 program in favor of electric motorsport.
CEO Adrian Hallmark admitted that Bentley’s Continental GT3 racing programs cannot be sustainable if the brand strives to achieve its environmental ambitions.
The British company launched an endurance racing program with the first Continental GT3 in 2013, and in 2018 this car was replaced by a new generation version. The project included a work team led by M-Sport, which won Bathurst earlier this year and will participate in the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The firm also supports a number of client teams at various national and international GT championships.
While the latest Continental GT3 was only released with the latest Continental GT road car in 2018, Hallmark hinted that the project would not be part of Bentley’s long-term plans.
New brand goals are more likely to focus on electric motorsport. Volkswagen, the parent company of Bentley, has expanded all of its non-EV motorsport programs and has focused on the R Hillclimb. Meanwhile, sister brands Audi and Porsche are driving Formula E teams.
“However, we strive to study endurance races based solely on electricity, especially if they are truly connected with the expansion of battery power management capabilities. Racing lasting at least 1.5 hours, but ideally up to four – even if it was two hours, then charging, then two more – we would like to be part of this, ”said the CEO of Bentley.
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