Bentley is out to set a new production SUV record this weekend at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. After a quick short months, Bentley’s team has created a race-ready version of the Bentley Bentayga SUV for the 96th running of the “Race to the Clouds.”
The special Bentley Bentayga will be piloted by Rhys Millen, who will have to average a speed of 60 mph to set the record in the 12.42-mile course that features not only 156 corners, but a 4,720 ft climb.
To compete, only a few modifications were allowed, which includes a roll cage, fire suppression system and racing seat, plus new tires. To help the Bentayga get around the corners faster, the team removed around 661 pounds from the interior trim. Lastly a sports exhaust was added, plus a a carbon fiber front splitter, diffuser, side skirts and aerodynamic rear spoiler. Under the hood the special Bentayga is powered by the same 600 horsepower W-12 engine.
“Our preparation for the event has been extremely thorough, and our Bentley Motorsport race engineers have produced a car that demonstrates the Bentayga’s inherent potential to the full,” stated Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush. “It’s now up to Rhys to drive the best run possible – but after his performances in testing, we have every confidence in him. The weather is the one factor we can’t control so we’re hoping for a clear Sunday morning.”
Rhys Millen added, “The combination of 600 bhp, 664 lb ft. and carbon ceramic brakes means that the Bentayga can accelerate and decelerate incredibly hard – and that’s what I’ll be counting on for my run. I can’t wait to get started at the mountain later this week.”