Two-time Pikes Peak overall winner Rhys Millen will pilot a Bentley Bentayga at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24, 2018. Millen is aiming to break the existing production SUV record of 12:35.61 and for this the Bentayga will need to average a minimum of 100 kmph up the exceptionally tight and twisty 156-corner course.
Bentley's Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush said, "With two previous overall victories to his name, Rhys' credentials speak for themselves. His knowledge of the course, his professionalism as a competitor and his enthusiasm for the project make him the perfect choice for us. In the Bentayga we've given Rhys the perfect opportunity to claim another Pikes Peak record, and I'm confident he can set an impressive time when the race takes place on 24th June."
The race-ready Bentayga, features Bentley's unmodified W12 engine. It develops 600 bhp and 900 Nm and has been prepared by a dedicated team in Bentley's motorsport department in Crewe. The car has been built as close to production standard as possible, with minimal changes in accordance with the Production Class rules. A full roll cage, onboard fire suppression system, racing seats and harnesses have all been packed into the Bentayga. The production tyres will be supplied by Pirelli, and the car will run with a custom exhaust system from Akrapovic. In every other respect, including the air suspension with 48V electric active anti-roll control, the car will be as per the production Bentayga.
Finished in Radium Satin and complete with black chrome exterior brightware and a full carbon fibre body kit, the Pikes Peak Bentayga now enters a phase of high-speed performance testing in the USA prior to the 19.3 km challenge.