Bentley has recorded the fourth-fastest time during the 99th running of the Pike's Peak International Hill Climb near Manitou Springs, Colorado, using a blend of 98RON Renewable racing biofuel, a low-carbon, high-octane fuel that produces 85 percent less greenhouse gas than regular gasoline, the automaker said in a statement.
The result was achieved using the most extreme Bentley ever made, a Continental GT3 that produces about 1,000 hp from its V-8 engine.
The position was even more impressive considering that the field of 54 hyper-tuned racers included Porsches, Camaros, BMWs, and even "open-wheel" specials built uniquely for this race. Robin Shute, a British professional racing driver based in Los Angeles, took top honors for the field in his 2018 Wolf GB08 TSC-LT.
Despite a late-stage backfire that split the carbon intake manifold and caused the car to lose boost near the finish, the Bentley took top honors among alternatively fueled vehicles in the race, beating the times of the much-praised Tesla Model S Plaid edition and a hybrid Acura NSX.
Bentley is using the performance to kick-start what will be the biggest effort in the company's 102-year history: to become carbon neutral by 2030.