W12-powered Continental GT ice racer makes debut at famous GP Ice Race in Austria

Photo Credit: Bentley Motorsports

7 February 2020

Bentley’s weekend of racing following its overall win at the Bathurst 12 hour, continued in Zell am See, Austria where a specially prepared Continental GT competed in the famous GP Ice Race.

Driven by Junior World Rally Championship driver Catie Munnings (GBR), and running in a livery that paid homage to its record-breaking compatriot from the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2019, the Ice Race Continental GT marked Bentley’s first appearance at the GP Ice Race. Completing several timed runs and demonstration laps, Munnings deployed the 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft) of torque from the car’s W12 twin-turbocharged TSI engine through Pirelli studded tyres.

Following her timed runs, Munnings then teamed up with professional Bomber skier Sven Rauber for a demonstration of skijoring, where a skier it towed at speed behind a car in a tradition dating back to the 1928 Olympic Winter in St. Moritz, when skiers were drawn by riderless horses.

The car had been kept as close to production standard as possible, with minimal changes for safety compliance including a rear roll cage, on-board fire suppression system, racing seats and harnesses. The car’s air suspension was raised for greater ground clearance, and arch extensions accommodated a 15 mm increase in track width. A brace of Lazer high performance lights, a custom exhaust system from Akrapovic and a bespoke roof rack holding a pair of Bomber x Bentley skis completed the spec of the Ice Race Continental GT.

Source: Bentley Motorsports