Check Out This Weird Glickenhaus Jeep Gladiator Competitor
This off-roader comes with a truck bed and a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain that returns 1,000 miles on a full tankby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 04:38
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is known for its motorsport-oriented builds. The company became the talk of the town when it beat the Bronco at the 2019 Baja 1000. SCG has now come up with an environment-loving, pickup truck version of the Boot off-roader called the Boot Zero that comes with a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain.
What Is This Boot Zero Exactly?
At the onset, the SCG Boot Zero looks like the lovechild of a frog and a Jeep Gladiator.
With headlights placed right in front of the windshield on the hood and a big under-chin, there’s no denying that it looks pretty weird. However, it still looks like it can hover over any terrain with utmost ease. The Boot Zero has been teased in the past and it is expected to be offered in a two-door and a four-door avatar. The latter comes with suicide doors to add to the funkiness. The Boot Zero also features a truck bed with roll bars, LED lights on the roof, and wheel arches that have an uncanny resemblance to the Jeep Gladiator. The truck will have a gross weight rating of 12,000 pounds.
Unlike the fuel-powered Boot which features a 6.2-liter V-8, the Boot Zero comes with a hydrogen powertrain.
This zero-emission vehicle is expected to deliver a range of 1,000 miles and takes just five minutes to refuel. SCG mentioned in a post that the Boot Zero will have a range of 1,000 miles, which seems absurd at first, but we’ll wait for more details to pour in.
According to a July 2020 report, there are just 100 hydrogen fueling stations in the States, as opposed to 20,000 EV charging stations, which makes one wonder how practical the vehicles with this technology are.
Other Fuel Cell Vehicles From The Recent Past
Hydrogen fuel cell technology isn’t widely adopted despite offering a higher range and being a more convenient option in terms of charging/refueling. The recently-deceased Nikola Badger was one vehicle that was going to be offered with a battery-fuel cell combination and a range of 600 miles. It would have a 17.6-pound hydrogen tank and the automaker had planned to install 700 hydrogen filling stations across North America.
The other one was the Gumpert Nathalie, but instead of using hydrogen, it made use of methanol. The powertrain makes use of a 15 kW methanol fuel cell that produces hydrogen from methanol. Then the electrons are emitted into the fuel cell which in turn, produces electricity. In simple words, it is an electric car, but you don’t need to plug it into a power socket. The Nathalie featured a 17.2-liter methanol tank that took just three minutes to refill and delivered up to 745 miles on a full tank.
The Boot Zero Is Based On The SCG Boot
As I mentioned earlier, there are not a lot of details available for the Boot Zero yet. However, it’s based on the Baja-ready Boot racer and we can use that as a benchmark to ascertain what’s in the store for us. First of all, the Boot, despite its heavily-modified aesthetics and equipment, is street-legal in all 50 states in the U.S. The off-roader makes 460 horses from its V-8 mill that displaces at 6.2 liters. Other than that, it features:
- Chromoly chassis, composite body, removable hard-top, and removable doors
- Two-wheel/four-wheel drive with automatic transmission
- 17-inch Method Wheels with 37-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 tires
- Can be upgraded to 39-inch tires with a full-sized spare wheel
- 19 inches of suspension travel
- Four-wheel independent suspension on Fox coilover three-inch internal bypass shocks
- External side marker LEDs
- Sabelt seats, electrical six-way adjustable
- Leather trim interior
- Touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay compatibility and GPS
- Glovebox, central console with cupholders, storage, and 2 USB charging ports
- Front trunk, Backup camera, Air-conditioning, Power windows
- 84 inches wide, 116-inch wheelbase, weighs 5,550 pounds
- Optional front winch, off-road Baja Designs light bar, and roof luggage rack
- Optional front and rear ARB Locking Differential, on-board air compressor, and Optional fire suppression system
- Two-door model priced at $258,750, and four-door model around $30,000 more