The Bentley Bentayga is now ready for the Colorado Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Event, after completing a six-month preparation and development programme.
The event will see the Bentayga take on a 12.42-mile course which has 156 corners and a 4,720 ft climb which in order for the Bentayga to win, it must maintain a speed of at least 60 mph to earn the production SUV record.
Behind the wheel of the Bentayga, will be Rhys Millen who has won two previous Pikes Peak championships. Millen and his race team have been collaborating continuously with the Bentley Motorsport team in order to get the Bentayga ready for what is known as 'The Race to The Clouds'.
Using a 600 bhp engine, the Bentayga is set to claim the SUV record thanks to its adaptive air suspension and 48V electric active anti-roll control system. As the Bentayga will be competing in the Production class, only minor changes have been allowed, including a roll cage, fire suppression system, racing seat and new Pirelli DOT tyres. However, 300 kg of the interior trim has been removed as specified by the event. Despite these additions and removals, the contending Bentayga is still a standard W12-powered production car. Other changes include a Akrapovic sports exhaust that has been finished with a distinct Radium Satin paintwork as well as the Styling Specification kit from Bentley, which includes a carbon fibre front splitter, diffuser, side skirts and a rear spoiler that will improve aerodynamics.
Commenting on the efforts of the teams behind the Bentayga, Brian Gush, Bentley's Director of Motorsport stated: “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. 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, who will be driving said Bentayga, also commented: “We’ve honed the Bentayga’s incredible abilities and ensured we have a car for Pikes Peak that’s both safe and fast through two very productive test sessions with the Bentley Motorsport team. The course is one you can only attack with a car that can gain and lose speed very quickly, because it’s so tight and twisty. The combination of 600 bhp, 664 lb ft (900 Nm) 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.”
Bentley has once more joined forces with Mobil who will contribute engine oils to the Bentayga to help it overcome the Pikes Peak challenge, the same engine oil that Mobil supplies for all of the Bentayga range.. At high altitude, the stress from the full-load performance will be severely lessened thanks to this high quality engine oil, giving Millen all the power he requires to break the record.