Russian Bentley is literally built like a tank

Shane McGlaun - May 13, 2019, 8:18 am CDT
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Russian Bentley is literally built like a tank

The automotive world is no stranger to crazy level builds, but a recent one in Russia might be the strangest yet. A YouTube channel called AcademeG picked up the cheapest Bentley Continental GT that could be found. Cheap and Bentley aren’t words that seem to go together, and while we have no word on just how cheap the Bentley was, we do know what was wrong with it.

What made the ride so cheap was the litany of problems with the engine. Problems included needing new turbos for the twin-turbo W12 engine under its hood. Rather than drop that sort of money, the owners decided to toss the engine in favor of something else.

The something else was a Japanese-market Toyota 4.3L V8 engine that can be found in the Toyota Crown Majesta, Celsior, and Soarer. The Lexus GS, LS, and SC 430 also use the same engine. The original Bentley frame and drivetrain were all ditched. This is where the project takes a turn for the crazy.

The body of the Continental GT was placed onto a custom frame and tank treads and dubbed the Ultratank. The resulting vehicle runs and drives, but has issues. Issues include things like the engine not liking to operate at the low rpms that the treads prefer. The Ultratank also has issues cornering.

If the vehicle corners too hard, the treads will come off the rollers. Other oddities about the build include that there are no brakes. To slow down the driver has to crank the steering wheel back and forth which slows the inside tread as the vehicle starts to turn. The tracks the Bentley now rolls are heavy vehicle tracks that measure 98.4 inches long.


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