Drag Race: Bentley Pikes Peak Car vs 600 HP Civic Type R

Today we have another drag race that is just too wild to wait for. We honestly thought it would be a while before we found another racing video as outrageous as the twin-turbo Lamborghini against the Kawasaki Ninja H2R race from earlier this week. However, the crew at Hoonigan have put together something we thought we would never see.

In the latest episode of Hoonigan’s This or That, a Bentley Continental GT3 modified for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb goes up against an FK8 Honda Civic Type R with a secret under the hood.

Let us dig into what each car is bringing to the battle.

2021 Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak Special

Bentley GT3 Pikes Peak race car seen driving up a mountain road. The same race car is seen in the drag race video featured in this article.
Bentley GT3 Pikes Peak Racecar | Bentey Motors/James Lipman

This is truly a one-of-a-kind race car. This Bentley Continental started as a GT3 race car that was purpose-built to run in several touring car classes. The thing about racing in specific classes is that vehicles must fit within the rules of the series they are running in. Bentley decided that they had enough of playing by the rules and supported a team to race at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

Pikes Peak is an annual event where an eclectic mix of race cars drive up a closed-off toll road to the top of the peak. The course features 156 turns and has a total climb of 4,720 feet.

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb features an “unlimited” class that allows for anything that race teams can imagine as long as it adheres to safety rules. Bentley chose that class for their GT3, but before racing, the Continental received a total aerodynamic make-over with massive wings and 3D printed ducts for optimal cooling. The V8 engine received two larger turbos with massive wastegates, and the output was boosted to 850 horsepower.

It is understandable to think that all of the extra downforce will hurt the Bentley in a drag race. Though, considering the power and the fact that the driver is Formula Drift Champion Rhys Millen, it may not be much of a factor.

2019 Honda Civic Type R

A 2021 Honda Civic Type R with "Boost Blue" paint job.
FK8 Honda Civic Type R | Honda

At 306 horsepower, the FK8 Honda Civic Type R is not a pushover. The hot hatch can hold its own in a drag race or on a road course while still having enough room in the back to carry groceries. While its looks make it one of the most polarizing Hondas ever, its performance cannot be denied.

A new Civic Type R is on the way, but for now, the current model is considered the king of the hatchbacks.

Yet, as some of you already know, Honda enthusiasts can’t seem to keep their cars stock. Alex, the owner of the particular Civic Type R you will see in the race, is no exception. Alex took his hatchback to performance shop JSR Engines in the quest for more horses, and the shop’s engineers indeed found them.

The K20C1 engine block in the Civic Type R was disassembled and then rebuilt with sleeves, forged pistons, a ported engine head, a Hondata ECU tune, and a “Rampage” turbocharger upgrade kit. The total package makes 600 horsepower, all of which is sent to the front wheels.

In sleeper fashion, the exterior and interior of this Civic Type R are totally stock.

Drag race: Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak vs. 600 HP Civic Type R

Time for predictions. On paper, the Bentley Continental Pikes Peak Special beats the Civic Type R in horsepower and weight. However, any motorsports fan knows that race cars can be finicky, especially when asked to do things they were not initially designed for. The Hoonigan crew was split on their predictions as well

Does the Civic Type R have a shot at taking down the beastly Bentley? We will let you watch the video to find out.

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