“Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG has acquired a 51 percent stake in Manthey-Racing GmbH, thereby further strengthening its long-standing, successful cooperation with the racing team. Manthey-Racing GmbH specialises in developing and racing Porsche track cars, but also delivers all manner of services relating to the road cars from Zuffenhausen. Founded by Olaf Manthey in 1996, the company is headquartered in Meuspath, directly by the Nürburgring, and currently employs 40 full-time staff. Its many successes in the world of motorsport include eight titles in the Porsche Supercup, five overall victories in the Nürburgring 24-hour race and two in Le Mans. Since 2013, Manthey-Racing supports the Porsche factory entry at the sportscar world championship WEC. “I am certain that this move puts us in an even stronger position to tackle the challenges of the WEC and I look forward to working ever more closely with Olaf Manthey, Nicolas Raeder and Martin Raeder”, explains Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development at Porsche AG.
Following his company’s merger with Raeder Automotive GmbH, this investment from the sportscar manufacturer promises a great future for Olaf Manthey and his team at the Döttinger Höhe. “Porsche’s commitment and dedication represents the best possible incentive to our employees”, states Manthey. “Not only can we pool our knowledge and expertise, but with Porsche at our side we can look forward to the future with great confidence”.
It’s a big machine, but in GT3 guise, I gotta admit, it’s a looker.
Designed and built in conjunction with , the bulky coupe goes on Atkins, sheds 2200 lbs (not a typo), and has starting it’s resurgence to sports car racing. Bentley’s last foray was in the early 2000’s, with it’s highly successful Le Mans program. Sports car racing is at a zenith throughout the world, with a variety of series being successfully sponsored and marketed. It’s no secret – wealthy guys often go racing. Wealthy guys are Bentley’s customer base, and by going racing, they expand an niche brand beyond the country club and Drake videos.
Specs on the beast:
Engine: 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, repositioned to the rear of the engine bay, Motorsport engine management system
Max Power: Up to 600 bhp unrestricted
Oil System: Dry sump
Transmission: Rear wheel drive, Xtrac six-speed sequential transaxle gearbox, racing clutch, steering wheel mounted paddle operated pneumatic gear shift
Drivetrain: Carbon fibre propshaft, limited slip differential
Suspension: Double wishbone suspension front and rear, four-way adjustable racing dampers
Steering: Hydraulic power-assisted steering
Brakes: Ventilated iron disc brakes front and rear, six-piston front calipers, four-piston rear calipers, driver-adjustable brake bias
Safety: FIA-specification steel roll cage, Sparco six-point FIA safety harness, onboard fire extinguisher, onboard pneumatic jack system
Fuel: System FIA-specification racing fuel cell
Electronics: Race-specification ABS and traction control. Lightweight race battery
Wheels: OZ Racing 18” x 13” rims
Tyres: 310 / 710 R18
Aerodynamics: Carbon fibre front splitter, rear wing and body panels. Lightweight, aerodynamically-optimised bumpers, bonnet, sills and fenders
Length: 4950 mm
Width: 2030 mm
Height: 1350 mm
Weight: <1300 kg
Weight Distribution: 52 : 48
Their first outing was this past weekend in Abu Dhabi, and they finished 4th in the 12 hour race at . It’s competition were cars you usually think of in endurance racing: Ferrari 458’s, Mercedes SLS, McClaren’s 12C, Porsche GT3. Rarefied air indeed. The official season for the new “Bentley Boys” drivers Guy Smith, Steven Kane and Andy Meyrick begins in April at the legendary as part of the . Will we see a Bentley at Le Mans again? Time will tell.
After taking a hiatus in 2012 due to NISMO moving, they were back this year with an amazing array of cars
So says Jackie Ickz at the start of this documentary outlining the 1984 Paris-Dakar rally – a time when the race was actually run from Paris to Dakar. Due to political conflicts on the African continent, the race was renamed The Dakar and is now run in South America.
Amazing footage, of a time gone by