I am immensely proud that my former employer has beaten the production car record at this year’s Pike’s Peak hillclimb. This is a magnificent victory over time and conditions.
The weather this year was atrocious, and maybe that’s a factor in a big, heavy, 4WD production car smashing the record by over 8 seconds!
The Bentley Continental W12 coupe, with Pike’s Peak Master, Rhys Millen, at the wheel, stopped the clocks at 10:18.488 seconds over the 12.42 mile course, taking 8.4 seconds off the previous record, and averaging an amazing 70mph.
The start line at Pike’s Peak is situated at 9,300 feet, and climbs to 14,100 feet through 156 bends, where the air at the finish line is 1/3 less dense than at sea level.
The weather included rain and snow, a big contrast to the cloudy, but fine day at last year’s event, when the Bentley Bentayga SUV claimed the outright record for a production SUV.
The Bentayga completed the run in 10:49.4, taking two seconds off the previous record.
This year’s record run is an appropriate victory to celebrate Bentley’s Centenary year.
Already famous for its victories at Le Mans in the 1920s and 1930s, plus its impressive victory in the 24 Hour endurance race in 2003, Bentley continues to use motor sport as a critical endorsement of its performance credentials.
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