Hot on the heels of this morning's leak, Bentley has officially unveiled the Continental GT3 concept.

Based on the Continental GT Speed, the concept previews a production race car that will enter competition in late 2013.

The company was mum on specifics, but mentioned the car will be rear-wheel drive and equipped with "state-of-the-art motorsport hardware." It will also be FIA-compliant, so it will be eligible to compete in a variety of events including 24-hour endurance races.

In a statement, Bentley Chairman Dr Wolfgang Schreiber said "The clear message from our customers is that Bentley belongs on the racetrack, and the Continental GT3 is the realization of a dream we've had ever since the launch of the Continental GT." He added, "The Continental GT3 is set to show the world what the Continental GT is capable of in its most extreme form, and establishes a solid foundation for Bentley's long-term motorsport plans."

Bentley Continental GT3 concept officially unveiled [video]