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Check Out This Wild Bentley Continental GT Ice Racer

Bentley is entering a specially-prepared Continental GT into the 2020 GP Ice Race in Austria, and it’s pretty awesome

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Bentley has revealed an entry to this year’s GP Ice Race in the shape of a specially modified Continental GT.

The leather-splashed super-GT packs the standard 626bhp, 664lb ft W12, making it good for a 207mph top speed on a dry Autobahn. It has been modified in a few key ways, though, with a slight ride height increase, a 15mm wider track and accompanying wider arches, studded tyres from Pirelli, an array of Lazer light bars and an Akrapovic exhaust that’s best described as beautifully undignified.

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Naturally it also has racing seats, a roll cage, racing harnesses and a fire extinguisher. There’s also a decent driver to pilot it: Catie Munnings, winner of the FIA European Rally Championship Ladies Trophy and former host of CBeebies show Catie’s Amazing Machines. Speaking about the left-field competition, which was revived last year, she said:

“The opportunity to race with Bentley at Zell am See is one that I couldn’t miss. I’m completely blown away by the car, and I actually still can’t believe I’m getting let loose in a Bentley to do an ice race. I spent some time on ice in the car just before Christmas.

“At first I thought it would feel heavy, but I was amazed by how dynamic, nimble and responsive it is. It can dance like a lightweight rally car, and I can’t wait to race it at such an iconic event.”

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The ice-based event in Zell am See, Austria, comprises two days of motorsport in “unpredictable” conditions, both on a 600m track carved into an ice field and with an exhibition of ‘skijoring,’ an archaic competition involving a skier being towed by a vehicle (originally a riderless horse at its 1928 origin).