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Bentley Motors is aiming to claim the record of fastest production SUV to compete at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. 

The Crewe-based luxury manufacturer will use a stripped-out Bentley Bentayga - dropping 300kgs - for the attempt, in a bit to take the record currently held by Land Rover's Range Rover Sport. 

The primary changes to the Bentayga are the addition of racing seats, a roll cage, an on-board fire suppression system, and a custom Akrapovic Exhaust System. The 6.0-litre bi-turbo W12 is untouched and produces 447kw and 900nm, and it will even run on ‘production’ Pirelli tyres. 

The big news is that drift-God Rhys Millen will pilot the Bentayga for the 20km hillclimb. Rhys is a two-time winner of the event, a respected stuntman (having done most of the drift work in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), as well as one of the prolific drifters in the world. His most recent work includes drifting a BMW M4 CS in the 2018 Pennzoil video, entitled "Escaping the Nürburgring'. 

The record attempt will take place on June 24 this year.

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