The Bentley Continental GT3 race car will make its official debut at next week's Goodwood Festival of Speed ahead of the marque's long-awaited return to racing later this year.

Bentley Continental GT3 race car concept

Previewed by the Bentley Continental GT3 concept race car (pictured top) unveiled at the 2012 Paris motor show, the rear-wheel drive 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8-powered Continental GT3 features a six-speed sequential transmission, stripped interior, and carbonfirbe doors, bootlid and bonnet.

The new race car headlines a line-up from Bentley that will include dynamic displays of two Le Mans-winning Speed 8 racers and see the 460kW/800Nm Continental GT Speed coupe and convertible complete runs up Goodwood’s famous hill climb with four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen and five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell MBE at the helm respectively.

Bentley Speed 8

The twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12-engined Flying Spur, Bentley’s fastest and most powerful sedan in history, will also make its presence felt in a static display.

The event coincides with Bentley's 10th anniversary celebration of its 1-2 finish at Le Mans in 2003.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed begins on July 12 in Sussex, England.