Earlier in 2018, Bentley announced its participation in the 2018 Pikes Peak hill climb, where former champion Rhys Millen will be given the keys to a special Bentley Bentayga W12. And now the hefty SUV is ready to make its record attempt.

With the goal of beating the hill climb SUV record set by a Range Rover Sport SVR in 2014, Millen says "we’ve honed the Bentayga’s incredible abilities and ensured we have a car for Pikes Peak that’s both safe and fast".

The vehicle set to tackle the mountain pass has been shown in striking Radium Satin paintwork, wearing an additional styling kit that includes a carbon-fibre front splitter, rear diffuser, side skirts and a generously sized rear spoiler.

The Crewe-based manufacturer announced that in its race-day preparation for the upcoming event, some 300 kg of interior trim was removed from the 447 kW Bentayga in accordance with the rules and regulations of the production class.

Recognising that only minimal changes are permitted to compete in this class, the Bentayga here is fitted mostly with additional safety equipment, including a roll cage, a fire-suppression system and a racing seat with harness.

Carbon-ceramic brakes and a sports exhaust system from Akrapovič complete the race-ready Bentayga's specification for the 156-corner hill climb.