Words: Nathan Chadwick | Photos: Bentley Motors
Ahead of the now-legendary Bathurst 12 Hours endurance race, Mulliner and Bentley Sydney have combined forces to prepare a duo of special cars to celebrate the Continental GT3’s 2020 victory.
Two examples of the Continental GT S have been built, each with individual specifications. The first is inspired by the winning car’s racing livery, blending a bright Apple Green exterior with a Beluga black roof, wing mirrors, lower bumper and rear boot section. The number seven is also painted on the grille, just like the racing car.
It’s also been treated to Blackline specification, which sees all of the exterior bright chromework get a polished black finish, and the Styling Specification, which entails the side skirts, front splitter and rear diffuser being finished in carbonfibre. The interior features a mixture of leather and Dinamica in Beluga with Apple Green inserts, with ‘Bathurst’ stitched into the headrests and One of Two featured on the treadplates.
The second car has Silver Tempest paint, with exterior finishes mirroring those of its sister car; it also has a bespoke cabin. Motive power comes from the 542bhp 770Nm 4.0-litre V8 seen on the standard GT, but both models have a sports exhaust fitted for extra sound. Each Continental comes with a commemorative framed artefact and a 1:18-scale model of the winning car.
The 2020 win was spectacular – despite starting in 11th place, Maxime Soulet, Jordan Pepper and Jules Gounon blasted through to victory via a strong pit-stop strategy in 40°C heat, setting a new race distance of 314 laps in the process.
More details can be found here.