Cars and motorcycles have been racing to the summit of Pikes Peak, Colorado since 1916. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest auto race in the United States. A Bentley Bentayga set the production SUV record in 2018 with a time of 10 minutes, 49.9 seconds. The British carmaker sought more glory this year, armed with its Continental GT grand tourer. The race took place today and Bentley outright broke the production car record.

Bentley debuted its new Pikes Peak racer earlier this month, dressed in in bright green livery borrowed from the champion Bentayga’s closet. It looks like like green is a lucky color for Bentley, as driver Rhys Millen claimed Pikes Peak victory in a production Bentley car for the second year in a row.

The winning Continental GT used the same 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 engine found in the Bentayga, producing 626 horsepower. According to a press release, Bentley was going for the production car record set in 2015 by David Donner. He drove a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S up the hill in 10 minutes, 26.9 seconds according to official Pikes Peak stats.

Bentley Motorsport took to social media to post Millen’s Continental GT winning time of 10 minutes, 18.5 seconds — a full 8.4 seconds faster than the Porsche. Bentley is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and the Continental GT raced under that number.

Millen’s Instagram showed onboard footage of the winning run:

 

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A Pikes Peak dynasty continues

Bentley Continental GT breaks Pike Peak record for production cars
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Millen has been crowned “King of the Mountain” twice, so it’s no surprise he comes from good Pikes Peak stock. His father Rod Millen took home the crown five times.

 

“In the Pikes Peak environment it [Continental GT] really checks every box as the most competitive vehicle you could arm yourself, ” the younger Millen said a few weeks before the race. “This is one run, one day of the year. You have to be calm, be focused, and process everything that you have to.”

The official Pikes Peak site details the race: “The Broadmoor PPIHC takes place on a 12.42 mile (19.99 km) public toll-road boasting 156 turns, while competitors climb 4,720 ft. (1,440 m.) from the 9,390 ft. (2,862 m.) Start Line at Mile 7 marker on the Pikes Peak Highway to the 14,115 ft. (4,300 m) Finish Line at the mountain’s summit.”

It looks like like green is a lucky color for Bentley, as driver Rhys Millen claimed Pikes Peak victory in a production Bentley car for the second year in a row

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was put on pause just seven times since its inception. World War I interrupted the PPIHC from 1917-19. World War II did the same for the 1942-45 series.

Rea Lentz won the first car Pikes Peak race in his Romano Special with a time of 20 minutes, 55.6 seconds. The car’s eight-cylinder engine came out of an airplane and produced 125 horsepower. Romain Dumas was King of the Mountain last year with a time of 7 minutes, 55.1 seconds. His electric Volkswagen I.D. R used two motors with a combined rating of 680 horsepower.

You think this is a game?

Those of us who were around for the fifth generation of video game consoles may remember hearing about Pikes Peak in the late ’90s. The insane Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak made its video game debut in Gran Turismo 2. Upon unlocking this car, you could pretty much dominate the game. Cars from Japan has a history of the real-life counterpart.

Update notes: Added news of Bentley’s Pikes Peak record win with the Continental GT. 

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