In Pebble Beach last month, we came face to face with the eye-popping new Bentley Continental GT3 race car.

Having won our approval, the Brit rocket ship is now set to make its competition debut at the 2013 Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi on December 23.

As sort of Arabic Le Mans, the two-part endurance race test at the Yas Marina circuit marks Bentley’s return to motorsport a decade after its decisive win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003.

Designed to “explore the extreme potential” of Bentley’s iconic Grand Tourer, the Continental GT weighs 1,000 kg less than the factory version and features a reconfigured 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 good for 600 hp.

This is going to leave a lot of turbans in a twist…