According to the news gathered by Motorsport.com, Ray Mallock Limited is working on the car based on the eGT regulations that were unveiled last December, which allow manufacturers to put together a test car by taking the existing GT3s, on which they are install batteries and electric motor.
Bentley has confirmed that the car is there, but has not yet decided what to do for the 2023 series, which will be short with a few races.
“It would be stupid not to do anything about this – Bentley Motorsport boss Paul Williams said, speaking to Motorsport.com – We are in the eGT team, so we are studying the matter thoroughly. say anything about its development and track work with it. “
For the moment it is known that the car is made on the basis of the first Continental GT3, which began racing in 2013 and was then replaced by the evolution of 2018.
RML already has experience with this type of vehicle, having collaborated with Nissan on the hybrid ZEOD RC which participated in the 2014 Le Mans 24h in the ‘Garage 56’, as well as the NIO EP9 which set the record at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife.
According to Williams, the eGT does not exactly reflect all the points for a company that is thinking about street electric by 2030 with the Beyond 100 strategy.
Bentley will return to motorsport after closing the Continental GT3 program last year, but a decision on its future direction is not forthcoming.
“Everything we are looking at has some trade-offs, disadvantages as well as advantages. Endurance racing is our heritage – it’s what we love and what attracts us as a brand.”
For the eGT series, formally announced in May, there will be races lasting about 45 minutes with a mandatory pit stop to recharge the battery.
Williams said this duration does not meet the endurance race criterion for a manufacturer that has won Le Mans six times, most recently in 2003 with the Speed 8 GTP prototype.
“If there was an all-electric endurance option, we probably would be there. We are currently not very convinced by the options they have given us.”
“Not even LMDh can be ruled out, but there is also the Hypercar option. It is simply too early to talk about it.”