Rhys Millen and Bentley are attacking production car record at Pikes Peak
Bentley Motors is ready to break the outright production car record at the world-renowned Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) with the new Continental GT later this month, on June 30. The driver would be Pikes Peak veteran and multiple winner Rhys Millen.
The current record and time to beat is 10 minutes 26.9 seconds. Last year, Bentley set the record for a production SUV at Pikes Peak with the Bentayga, recording a time of 10 minutes 49.9 seconds.
Bentley Motors celebrates 100th anniversary this year and their Continental GT will race under the number #100 at the Pikes Peak.
“We have taken much learning from our successful visit to Pikes Peak last year with the Bentley Bentayga and applied it to our preparations this time around. We are proud to demonstrate the Continental GT’s breadth of abilities in competition on a global stage.
The extreme conditions of Pikes Peak pose a significant challenge. With the start line being at 9,300ft and climbing to 14,100ft the air is 1/3rd less dense than at sea level. 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,” Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, said.
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