Autosport has discovered that Ray Mallock Restricted is engaged on a Continental growth automobile for Bentley constructed to the eGT rules, which have been launched to events by the FIA as early as final December.
The Bentley check automobile exploits a route into eGT permitting a producer to take an current GT3 contender and match it with electrical motors and a battery.
Bentley has confirmed the existence of the automobile, however burdened that no determination has been made on getting into a championship that’s set to start in 2023 with a brief collection of races.
“It will be silly if we hadn’t finished one thing like that,” Bentley motorsport boss Paul Williams instructed Autosport when requested in regards to the growth automobile.
“We’re a part of the eGT working group, and we have finished some desktop research and a few stuff in real-world .”
Requested if the automobile had run on monitor, Williams replied: “I would not probably have the ability to say.”
It’s recognized that the check automobile is predicated on the first-generation Continental GT3, which started racing in 2013 and was changed by the second iteration of the automobile for 2018.
RML is a logical companion given its electric-vehicle expertise: it developed the Nissan ZEOD RC hybrid that raced on the Le Mans 24 Hours within the ‘Storage 56’ slot in 2014 and in addition the EP9 sportscar for Chinese language producer NIO that briefly held the EV document on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife.
Williams recommended that eGT doesn’t “tick all of the containers” for a producer that has laid down a imaginative and prescient to construct solely electrical highway automobiles automobiles by 2030 beneath its Past 100 technique.
Bentley has insisted it’s going to return to motorsport after beginning a wind-down of the Continental GT3 programme final yr, however acknowledged determination on its future course will not be imminent.
“All the things we’re taking a look at has sure compromises, disadvantages in addition to benefits,” he defined.
“Endurance racing is our heritage: that is what we love and what appeals to us as a model.”
Races lasting roughly 45 minutes with a compulsory pitstop to prime up the cost of the battery are envisaged for the eGT collection, which was formally introduced in Might.
Williams acknowledged that this length does not fulfill the endurance racing criterion for a producer that has gained Le Mans six occasions, most lately in 2003 with the Pace eight GTP prototype.
“If there was a completely electrical endurance possibility that’s the place we might most likely be,” he mentioned.
“We’re not overly satisfied by any possibility proper now to make us dive right into a programme tomorrow.”
Bentley continues to be casting its web broad whereas plotting its subsequent step in motorsport, in response to Williams.
He has defined that the LMDh prototype class is “not utterly off the desk, however not a key consideration” and described the choice Le Mans Hypercar route again to Le Mans as “at all times an possibility”.