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CARS The Bentley Continental GT3 - 2nd gen, 2018

Discussion in 'ACC Blog' started by Aristotelis, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. Aristotelis

    Aristotelis Will it drift? Staff Member KS Dev Team

    After the initial success of the 1st generation Bentley, during 2017 it was clear that the opponents had move to much more aggressive designs, Not even a favourable BoP to the engine power could help the big Bentley against the Blancpain GT series dominators.

    Enter the 2nd generation, based on the brand new road model. Completely redesigned to every single part, focusing to maintain the strong points of the old car while improving on everything else, especially some of the most evident shortcomings.

    The new car has a transaxle configuration of engine and gearbox. This means that the gearbox has moved back to the rear axle leaving room for the front mounted engine to be installed more rearwards and lower. This lowers the CoG and moves the weight bias backwards, closer to a 50:50 distribution, greatly benefiting traction and handling. It also permits for all the front radiators to move even more backwards, massively improving the aerodynamic design of the front end. Speaking of front end, it now has a much shorter overhang permitting the car to ride lower without risking of breaking the front splitter over kerbs which was one of the big shortcomings of the original car. Even though the car has a shorter front splitter, it manages to achieve the same high levels of downforce while also controlling the flow to the rest of the body of the car.

    The rear placed gearbox is not without compromises. The size and depth of rear diffuser is a tiny bit smaller than the old model, but perfect design and development guarantees similar or better downforce levels. The big difference and main focus of the aerodynamic design was to minimise drag. We all know that the Bentley is a massive car with a big frontal area. Many hours in aero testing have been used to make the car as aerodynamic efficient as possible. Incredibly enough, not only they achieve great improvement but they even improved the looks, which was actually a requirement of the manufacturer as they wanted to maintain the elegant looks for their racing clients. Indeed the car is a stunner!

    The 2nd generation Bentley also maintains the same twin turbo engine. A well tested engine, reliable, efficient and powerful in all the power band. It now sports even better electronic control and much improved Traction Control, one of the big issues of the old model. It also keeps the costs controlled as there was no need on developing from scratch a brand new engine.

    Being a Bentley it remains a very big car, the wheelbase is almost 3 meters long! The improved weight balance, the lower CoG and the downforce, will definitely let you feel the grip in turn in, mid corner lateral grip and traction out of the corners, but the agility is not the best there is. Still, in GT racing, the gained stability from such a long wheelbase is always an advantage, making the car easy to push and exploit its full potential, especially on long fast sweeps.

    The chassis is brand new, with improved stiffness while remaining light. The improved suspension geometry helps to get the most out of the big engine. It pays to setup the car in a way to take advantage of its high levels of grip and stability. You can even get alone with more neutral or even oversteery setups and control the car with the steering wheel and accelerator, out of the corners. Try to take round lines with high mid corner speed. You can force the turn in with a bit of trail braking which in the case of the Bentley will slowly over rotate the car. Don’t exaggerate of course, you still have slicks and high downforce to keep under control. The length of the car and the higher inertia will help you to control better a bit of sliding. Point the car to the exit and unleash the generous V8. As with the first Bentley, the new model also has an excellent behaviour over kerbs. Obviously the car isn’t agile and sometimes you need to be aware where the rear end will be after the turn in (sounds like a truck advice), but you can still jump over the kerbs without the car getting too much out of shape

    Same powerful engine as the older model, much improved aerodynamics, brakes, chassis, electronics and suspension, one would think that the Bentley was about to dominate the new season. Balance of Performance has a different idea…
    In the testing it got evident how the car was improved all around while the big engine could finally push the car in much higher speeds because of the lower aero drag. As you can imagine, the BoP acts precisely to lower the engine output and bring the acceleration and top speed of the car, back to the levels of the rest of the field. It is actually the first “big” frontal area car that has much less than 550bhp (which usually all the big cars are allowed).

    Combining the unexpected BoP and the fact that the car was brand new so the team had to explore its potential, it’s not surprising the during 2018 the car performed well but not exceptionally. An updated BoP update at Barcelona, with even less turbo boost for the final race, hints that the team was finding much pace with the car, but the organisation wanted to limit them for the last race and possibly for the future… 2019 is underway and the car already performs very well.


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  3. Coanda

    Coanda Alien

    Another cracking read as always Aris. I really like your honesty when it comes to the pluses and minuses of each car. :cool:

    The Gen II is one sexy beast :eek:
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  4. Nobel

    Nobel Rookie

    Stunning and amazing car to drive for sure. Great grip, earo and stability makes for a clean ride. Handles curbs like a boss aswell. My favourite car for sure!
    However I did notice many drivers complain it's being a bit too good in it's current state. Might be becuase it's very easy to drive and push.
    On Spa it's a rocket ship for sure, it being able to full throttle through Rouge / Radillon / Stavelot / Blanchimont with ease. Curbs are almost none existant for this beast.
    So far best car for my driving style, great job to you guys!
    chksix, robbio71 and Coanda like this.
  5. Epistolarius

    Epistolarius Alien

    Really liking this car, from the looks and how it drives in ACC as well. Also the sound is pretty brutal for a turbo engine. One interesting fact about this car is that it shares its platform with the Porsche Panamera, which makes this thing racing (and winning) against the 911 pretty fascinating to watch. xD
    Coanda and Aristotelis like this.
  6. Poguinhas

    Poguinhas Alien

    Hey Aris, heres an idea: Why don't you stop working on the physics for Kunos and just write about the cars and your work in general? Not that your physics work is any bad, in fact it's far from it, but reading what you write is almost as entertaining as playing ACC.
    eRacer212 likes this.
  7. Whipdiddywhip

    Whipdiddywhip Simracer

    these blogs should be in game on the car selection screen
    Bjay_23, Perell0ne, eRacer212 and 7 others like this.
  8. Belgakinen

    Belgakinen Simracer

    Last edited: Jun 8, 2019
  9. Rolz

    Rolz Alien

    my fav car at the moment :)
    Suits my driving style I think
  10. This car has been the biggest surprise for me.
  11. swigaffu

    swigaffu Racer

    This car is great. It is a real pleasure to drive the Bentley
  12. SimGuy_1

    SimGuy_1 Alien

    BoP=Butcherer of performance.
    Not even 550HP(which is already very low for a race car).
    IMO they should allow power upto 700HP for PRO and PRO-AM cars maybe run 500-550HP on AM cars.
    Liked the post though keep them coming.
  13. Son

    Son Hardcore Simmer

    And the Bentley has proved it's a good car irl. In 2018 it came 2nd at 6h Paul Ricard (lost the lead to the Lexus on the last lap) and was leading the Spa 24h for a good few hours in the night until some incidents set them back. Then this year at Bathurst they were in with a really good shot of at least a podium and possibly, though it was somewhat unlikely, a win, until Andy turned the car off leaving the pits. They've won half the races so far in Blancpain America, with two more this weekend that the K-Pax Bentley's are sure to do well in, then in British GT one won the opening round at Oulton Park (I was there to see it). With that, they have also been close to getting further podiums at Snetterton. And finally, they of course finally won 6h Paul Ricard again by over half a minute, which was something Blancpain posted quite a bit about, as it wasn't often a team was able to win a race by such a margin.

    So long story short the car should be pretty good ;)
  14. Aristotelis

    Aristotelis Will it drift? Staff Member KS Dev Team

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  15. Poguinhas

    Poguinhas Alien

    Hey Aris. Do you know some of the features they used to reduce drag? What does the Bentley do different than other big cars to make it less 'draggy'?
  16. Epistolarius

    Epistolarius Alien

    GT3 is supposed to have around 500 hp and lot of GT3 (like 911s) haven't had even that for a long time. Plenty of great race cars with less than 550 hp have existed through racing history.

    And ultimately I rather have a stable class with BoP than a one-hit-wonder that lasts two-three seasons at most without.
  17. YouuuSuckk

    YouuuSuckk Gamer

    Please - FIX THE VR - It doesnt work right with any other headset than Oculus Rift/S and even then it doesn't look right.
  18. dek

    dek Racer

    Wy is this one not sticky any more?
  19. GRFOCO

    GRFOCO Alien

    Aris, why don't insert this wonderful cars explanations directly into the sim?
  20. SimGuy_1

    SimGuy_1 Alien

    Can't wait for other evo cars.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2019
  21. warth0g

    warth0g Hardcore Simmer

    Awesome blog, thank you. I attended the first race at COTA for the Blancpain America series and the K-PAX Bentley’s were the star of the show. Dominant and intimidating, they looked and sounded incredible.

    So I’ve been eagerly awaiting the ACC interpretation of this beast, and here it is. Fantastic car. I’m not the most talented driver and I think the Boatley flatters drivers of my skill level in a way that more difficult cars like the Porsche or AMG don’t. If I had to pick one car for a full season, it would be the magnificent Bentley right now.

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