Two-time Pikes Peak overall winner Rhys Millen will pilot a Bentley Bentayga at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on 24th June.
Aiming to break the existing Production SUV record of 12:35.61, the Bentayga will need to average a minimum of 95kph up the exceptionally tight and twisty 156-corner course. With years of competition at Pikes Peak and in Red Bull Global Rallycross under his belt, Millen possesses both the ability and experience required to push the Bentayga to its limits of performance in pursuit of the record.
Pikes Peak represents the next challenge for the acclaimed Bentayga, following Bentley’s tradition of testing its cars in extreme environments that has seen the Continental GT set records of 330kph on ice and over 290kph on sand, and even an unmodified Continental GT Speed tackle a stage of the World Rally Championship.
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.”
The race-ready Bentayga, featuring an unmodified 600bhp, 900Nm Bentley W12 engine, 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 ensure Millen’s assault on the mountain will be as safe as it is fast.