The Bentley Continental GT is now the fastest production car ever up Pikes Peak, which was set by three-time champion, former “King of the Mountain’ Rhys Millen (NZ).
The Bentley 12-cylinder engine with 626bhp completed the course in a record-breaking 10:18.488 seconds, the record was achived without any modifications to the powertrain. The time set by the Bentley Continental GT is 8.4 seconds faster than the previous record.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, says: “This new record once again proves that the spirit of endeavour and desire to push the boundaries of automotive performance remain at the beating heart of Bentley. It clearly demonstrates the Continental GT’s astonishing breadth of ability.”
Millen said after his record run: “”This is an amazing finish to a wet, snowy 2019 run at Pikes Peak! We came here with one goal in mind, and that was to be the fastest production car up the mountain and set a new record. It was an incredible week. Today was a challenge with what Mother Nature threw at us, but the Continental GT held strong all the way to the top, and we are now Number One”.
10th July 2019 marks Bentley’s 100th year – an incredible milestone achieved by only a few companies. A year-long series of special activities continues during 2019, with celebrations at other events around the world. They will showcase Bentley’s motoring evolution over the last 100 years, highlighting its global success today and the exciting future of innovation ahead.