Classic Bentley Turbo R Made for Pikes Peak Competition


Bentley regularly competes in the Pikes Peak high-speed climb. Bentayga, serial Continental GT and Conti GT of the Time Attack 1 class have already tried their hand in this race.

Now Abimelec Design has introduced another racing Bentley. The design stage showed what the classic Turbo R sedan would have been like if it had been prepared for the Pikes Peak record in the 1980s or 90s.

The racing Bentley Turbo R gets a wide body and an expressive front end with neat splitters. The author of the visualization himself calls his creation “sinister”. Indeed, there is something mysteriously mystical in this classic car.

The Turbo R debuted in 1985 as a heavily updated version of the Mulsanne Turbo. The earliest version used a 6.75-liter Bentley V8 engine with turbocharging and carburetor. The best version was the 1998 Turbo RT Mulliner. It still had a turbocharged 6.75-liter V8, but more modern technology allowed it to increase power to 420 horsepower. The company produced only 56 pieces.

Twin round headlights, as on the Abimelec design, were part of the 1989 model year modifications. They match the classic look of the car better than the original rectangular headlights.

The car also gets a massive front splitter on the render. The front and rear fenders are slightly wider. At the front are turbine-type wheels that are rarely found on powerful cars today. The idea is that there are blades in the hole around the rim that draw in cold air to cool the brakes.

Another eye-catching element of this design is the pair of massive round tailpipes that protrude just behind the front wheels. They look amazing and would probably sound even better.

This arrangement of tailpipes would allow for a mostly flat bottom to make the huge rear diffuser even more efficient. And also a massive wing is attached to the stern. This setup offers a lot of downforce for uphill climbing.

Smooth tires will not work here. Between 2002 and 2012, the road up the hill was gradually asphalted. Prior to this, the track was unpaved, so this Bentley needed a rubber with a lot of grip.

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