Powered by cricketnext logo
»
1-min read

Bentley Reveals Bentayga Pikes Peak Challenger Driven by Rhys Millen

The Bentayga will need to average a minimum of 60 mph up the exceptionally tight and twisty 156-corner course.

News18.com

Updated:March 28, 2018, 5:31 PM IST
facebookTwittergoogleskypewhatsapp
Bentley Reveals Bentayga Pikes Peak Challenger Driven by Rhys Millen
Bentley Bentayga for pikes peak. (Image: Bentley)
Loading...
Two-time Pikes Peak overall winner Rhys Millen will pilot a Bentley Bentayga at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on 24th June. Aiming to break the existing Production SUV record of 12:35.61, the Bentayga will need to average a minimum of 60 mph up the exceptionally tight and twisty 156-corner course.

With years of competition at Pikes Peak and in Red Bull Global Rallycross under his belt, Millen possesses both the ability and experience required to push the Bentayga to its limits of performance in pursuit of the record.

Pikes Peak represents the next challenge for the acclaimed Bentayga, following Bentley’s tradition of testing its cars in extreme environments that has seen the Continental GT set records of 205 mph (330 km/h) on ice and over 180 mph (290 km/h) on sand, and even an unmodified Continental GT Speed tackle a stage of the World Rally Championship.

Rhys Millen with Bentley Bentayga for pikes peak. (Image: Bentley) Rhys Millen with Bentley Bentayga for pikes peak. (Image: Bentley)

The race-ready Bentayga, featuring an unmodified 600 bhp, 900 Nm (664 lb.ft) Bentley W12 engine, has been prepared by a dedicated team in Bentley’s motorsport department in Crewe.

A full roll cage, onboard fire suppression system, racing seats and harnesses ensure Millen’s assault on the mountain will be as safe as it is fast. In every other respect, including the air suspension with 48V electric active anti-roll control, the car will be as per an unmodified production Bentayga.

Finished in “Radium Satin” and complete with black chrome exterior brightware and a full carbon fibre body kit, the Pikes Peak Bentayga now enters a phase of high-speed performance testing in the USA prior to the 12.42-mile challenge.

45 year-old New Zealand native Rhys Millen comes from a family long-associated with Pikes Peak. Rhys is the son of Rod Millen, the second most prolific Pikes Peak competitor in history with five overall victories to his name. Rhys followed in his father’s legendary footsteps when he took the Pikes Peak title for the first time in 2012, followed by a second victory in 2015.

Also Watch:

| Edited by: Arjit Garg
Read full article
Loading...
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwittergoogleskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Loading...
Loading...