Bentley Continental GT Speed – VMax in the Outback
What are the three main tools required if you set yourself an insane target to reach over mind boggling 200 Mp/H? I guess a capable car and by capable car I mean a car that you can rely upon and have assurance that once you’ve achieved the targeted speed you’ll be able to walk out without shaking. The other thing is the road that stretches hundreds of mile without any signals and roundabouts and off course lastly the no speed limit on it.
So in order do just that Bentley provided Continental GT Speed which is a capable machine with a power of a bullet train from the W12-powered engine producing astronomical 635 PS (626 bhp), and equally earth twisting 820 Nm (607 lb.ft) torque. Then there was a highway a longest stretch of highway called The Stuart Highway which covers a distance of 1,761 miles (2,834 km) from Darwin in the Northern Territory to Port Augusta, South Australia. By the way this is approximately the same distance as London to Istanbul or New York to Denver.
Bentley Continental GT Speed has been taken to its top speed of 206 mph (331 km/h)* by Australian racing legend, John Bowe, on the de-restricted Stuart Highway deep in the Northern territory.
John Bowe said: “This isn’t a modified racecar; it’s a luxurious grand touring road car fresh off the production line. It took us a little over a minute to go from a standstill to 206 mph. That’s extraordinary. Even when you break through the 200 mph barrier, the GT Speed just keeps accelerating.”
At Vmax the 16MY Bentley Continental GT Speed is circulating 216 liters of coolant through its engine and radiator per minute; drawing over 4,700 liters of air through its radiator each second; and using 80 per cent of its engine power just to overcome aerodynamic loads.
A six-time Australian touring car and two-time Bathurst 1,000 champion, John Bowe was the perfect choice of driver for Bentley’s high-speed run in the ‘Red Centre’. He is also familiar with the Continental as he currently races a GT3 Down Under with Flying B Racing. Top speed verified by GPS speedometer provided by Motec. High-speed runs were performed in controlled conditions. A section of the Stuart Highway was closed with the assistance of the Northern Territory Government and observed by helicopter at all times. In October 2013 the local Government announced a trial period of reverting to an open speed limit on the 120-mile (200 km) stretch between Alice Springs and Barrow Creek. Full safety checks were performed on the vehicle before the high-speed run.