Bentley will bring some of their fastest and most powerful cars to the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, including the 616bhp, 202mph Continental GT Speed Convertible and two of their Le Mans 24 Hour winning Speed 8 machines.
The two cars, numbers 7 and 8, which drove to a famous one-two victory at the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours race, are instantly recognisable in their British Racing Green liveries and are set to make a special tenth anniversary reunion at the festival.
“Goodwood’s atmosphere is unique and this summer we’re bringing even more speed to the Festival.” said Director of Motorsport for Bentley, Brian Gush. “The 202 mph GT Speed Convertible is set to turn heads in the supercar paddock as will our Speed 8 Le Mans cars marking the tenth anniversary of Bentley’s 2003 victory. It is also the ideal scene-setter for Bentley’s return to top-level motor sport with a GT3 race car later this year.”
The Continental GT Speed and the Speed 8 were driven up the hill by Derek Bell and Guy Smith at the launch of the 2013 Festival of Speed.
“It is always great to drive the Bentley Speed 8 and I am genuinely looking forward to driving the Le Mans cars this summer and seeing the GT Speed Convertible set some good times on the hill.” said 2003 Le Mans winner Smith. “It will be a special Goodwood for Bentley enthusiasts.”
As well as attacking the famous Goodwood hill, Bentley will bring their biggest ever exhibition presence to the event, including the new Flying Spur, the fastest and most powerful saloon in the manufacturer’s history. The Flying Spur incorporates a 6-litre, twin turbo W12 engine providing a 0-60mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 200mph.