The concept design for the Bentley Continental GT3 will make its UK debut at next month’s Autosport International at Birmingham NEC, after unveilings in both Paris and Los Angeles earlier this year.

The car will adorn the Autosport stage throughout the event (January 10-13).

The design of the final race version is underway at Bentley’s own motorsport department at Crewe, while the technical side of building and developing the new car took a step forward with the announcement of a technical partnership with M-Sport.

Malcolm Wilson’s company will assist with the development of the project as well as aiding the design of specific components.

 “Joining forces with Bentley to help create the new Continental GT3 is a rare privilege,” said Wilson. “Bentley’s design and analysis work to-date has shown that the Continental GT road car can become an extremely competitive race car, and we are looking forward to capitalising on our extensive competition car development experience and success to help Bentley realise its goals.”

 “Not only do we now have a world-beating operation in M-Sport as our new Technical Partner, but we have the honour of showing our Continental GT3 concept at Autosport International,” added Brian Gush, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport. “The car continues to attract interest from around the globe, which is very encouraging as we progress the detail design. The whole team is looking forward to the exciting months ahead.”

The Continental GT3 should make its first on-track appearance at the end of 2013.