Bentley Wants a New Race Car, and it Wants it to be Electric

You might already be familiar with the Bentley Continental GT3 – the biggest, baddest GT3 car around and easily one of the coolest modern-day race cars.

The Continental GT3 is currently the only Bentley race car, but the British automaker could soon be set to add another racer to its stable – but this one will be electric.

Bentley Motorsport director Brian Gush recently revealed that the automaker was on the OEMs who was in attendance at the recent Extreme E race series launch in London. The Extreme E series, which is the latest project from Formula E mastermind Alejandro Agag, would feature fully electric silhouette SUVs racing on off-road courses set up in remote locations throughout the world. The series would also visit places negatively affected by climate change to help bring attention to the cause.

“We went to listen (to the Extreme E meeting,” Gush told electric racing website e-racing365 in a recent interview. “I sent one of my engineers down to just listen to it. Let’s see, it could be interesting. Let’s see what they said. I haven’t seen the presentation yet. I think there will be a few questions and answers.”

All vehicles in the series would be based on a spec platform and would feature electric motors supplied by McLaren Applied Technologies – the engineering wing of the McLaren race team. Manufacturers would be able to design their own vehicle bodies, although it’s not clear what other components may be open for development by teams.

Bentley has already introduced a plug-in hybrid version of its Bentayga SUV and would eventually like to introduce fully electric vehicles as well. This is driving the desire to get an electrified race car in its stable, Gush explained.

“If that’s the way the car market is going, then we need to race what we’re selling. Because it’s all about brand building,” he said.

[source: e-racing365]