Bentley Continental GT aims for Pikes Peak record

The company hopes to set the outright production car record this year.

Bentley will attempt to break the outright production car record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the Continental GT.

The Bentayga set a production SUV record at last year's hill climb with a time of 10.49.9, slashing two minutes off the previous record with an average speed of 66.5 mph.

"With the start line being at 9,300ft and climbing to 14,100ft the air is 1/3rd less dense than at sea level," said Bentley motorsports director Brian Gush. "The weather will also play a vital role in the run as 90 degree temperatures and clear skies can change to snow in a matter of minutes. The lack of oxygen will also impact driver Rhys Millen, who will have an on-board oxygen system fed into his helmet to reduce any effect of altitude sickness."

The Continental GT will be piloted by Pikes Peak veteran Rhys Millen for the record attempt on June 30.

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