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Bentley Continental GTC Equestrian Edition

Bentley special edition is inspired by Cheltenham races

Bentley Continental GTC Equestrian Edition

Bentley has unveiled a one-off Continental GT Convertible inspired by what it calls ‘the greatest racecourse in the world’.

The Equestrian Edition was commissioned by Bentley Bristol and built by Bentley Mulliner in Crewe. Although a price hasn’t been revealed, we suspect you’ll need the pockets of a racehorse owner to be able to afford it.

Either that or some luck at this week’s Cheltenham Festival.

You’ll find horse and rider silhouettes on all four seats, which are finished, aptly, in sustainable saddle hide. The same silhouette can be found on the front fascia, along with a walnut veneer and gold detailing.

Bentley horse and rider

Elsewhere, the diamond quilting is crafted using a tweed fabric contrasted with a light blue stitch. Bentley Mulliner treadplates greet you when you open the door.

On the outside, the Equestrian Edition is finished in deep shade of green, with black trim replacing the bright chrome. Huge 22-inch gloss black alloy wheels complete the equestrian-inspired overhaul.

Bentley Mulliner now has a three-portfolio structure comprising Bentley Mulliner Collections, Bentley Mulliner Classic and Bentley Mulliner Coachbuilt.

Bentley Mulliner Collections Equestrian Edition

The Continental GT Convertible Equestrian Edition is the first member of the Collections portfolio, which offers bespoke servicing based on the existing model range. Customers can personalise their new Bentley, with options including unique colour-matched paint, plus hide and thread combinations.

Meanwhile, Classic will deliver classic car restorations and continuation models. The service was introduced last year with the news that the iconic Team Blower is to be reborn with a new build of 12 supercharged 4.5-litre examples. The company also completed a restoration on a 1939 Bentley Corniche.

Finally, Coachbuilt will offer rare coach-built cars to a select number of customers. Earlier this month, the company unveiled the Bacalar – a two-door Bentley inspired by the EXP 100 GT concept car.

Just 12 examples will be built, each one commanding a price of £1.5 million. Predictably, all 12 have been spoken for.

‘One step further’

Bentley Continental GT Convertible Equestrian Edition

Tracy Crump, Bentley Mulliner’s head of commercial operations, said: “While Bentley’s motto is ‘Be Extraordinary’, at Bentley Mulliner we look to take it one step further, ‘Beyond Extraordinary’.

“With the new Bacalar we have been able to do exactly that, providing a select number of customers with the opportunity to express their personal taste in a truly remarkable grand tourer. Meanwhile, Bentley Mulliner Classic will breathe new life into the most iconic cars from our past, while our Collections team continue their work to offer a bespoking service to each and every Bentley customer.”

Bentley is going ice racing with a Continental GT

Bentley Continental ice racing

Bentley already races its stately Continental GT super-coupe in GT3, but wants to take on other types of motorsport. To that end, it’s already a regular at the Pikes Peak hillclimb – and is now taking the Conti racing on ice.

Yes, you read that right. The car most comfortable on Park Lane, or cruising the French Riviera, will enter the 2020 GP Ice Race in Zell-am-See.

Bentley Continental ice racing

The specially-prepared Continantal GT will be piloted by junior World Rally Championship driver Catie Munnings. She’ll be the first female driver to race for Bentley in the modern era.

To ready the car for competition on the purpose-built ice track, Bentley has fitted a rear roll cage, on-board fire suppression, racing seats and harnesses.

It rides a touch higher, and has a 15mm increase in track width. Studded Pirelli Scorpion tyres will put the 635hp W12’s power onto the ice, while lighting Catie’s way will be high performance laser roof-lights.

Bentley Continental ice racing

“I first drove the prototype Continental GTs on snow during winter testing before the launch of the car,” said Bentley’s director of motorsport, Paul Williams.

“The stability and control this car has on these surfaces is unbelievable and I look forward to seeing it race in those conditions.”

Bentley Continental ice racing

Along with the conventional race, there is also a competitive round of skijoring. The latter is a race while towing someone on skis.

The Bentley will be towing skier Sven Rauber in 2020’s skijoring event.

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