SCG003 Smashes Nurburgring Lap Record
It was just a few days ago when Glickenhaus’ new SCG 003 supercar hit the Nurburgring track for its first ever race of the year. Unfortunately for the Hollywood entrepreneur, both his cars got black-flagged for being too loud. As ludicrous as that may sound, the SCG 003 wouldn’t have finished the race anyway, as the VLN event was stopped a few laps later when a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 crashed into a group of spectators, killing one. A case of bad luck? Of course, but the American team just returned to share some amazing news. As it turns out, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus didn’t leave the ’Ring after the race, but scheduled a few runs in an attempt to set a new track record. And so it did, as the supercar needed only 6:42 to lap the Nordschleife.
The big announcement came via the company’s Instagram account, and although there’s no video to back the claim yet, the SCG 033’s time is mind-boggling. The American supercar not only smashed the Zonda R’s 6:47-minute benchmark, but also demolished the Radical SR8 LM’s 6:48-minute lap, the official record for production, street-legal vehicles as of 2015.
Making things that much more amazing is that the SCG 003 is now the fourth-fastest vehicle, be it road-legal, track-only or race car, to ever lap the Nordschleife. The all-time (racing) lap record sits at 6:11.13, as established by Stefan Bellof in a Porsche 956 during qualifying for the 1983 1,000km of Nurburgring.
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Why it matters
This new record comes to reiterate the fact that the fastest cars around Nordschleife are still the work of small manufacturers rather than big automotive companies. The ’Ring’s quickest four cars as of April 2015, both road-legal and non-road-legal come from Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, Pagani and Radical, three companies that build only a handful of cars per year.
Of course, not having to deal with extensive productions allows for more resources to go toward these kind of achievements, but it’s also the result of continuous dedication to getting as close as possible to that all-time racing record.
Built on a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis design from scratch, the SCG 003 is a massive improvement over Glickenhaus’ previous car, the Ferrari Enzo-based P4/5. Weighing in at only 2,976 pounds, the race version is powered by a Honda motorsport-derived, 3.5-liter, V-6 producing 530 twin-turbocharged horses and 516 pound-feet of torque. Buyers of the road-going version, which reportedly fetches in excess of $2 million, will be offered a choice of engines, up to a twin-turbocharged V-12. Output and performance figures are yet to be released for the road-going versions, but it’s safe to assume the V-12 will crank out more than 700 horsepower. Read more about this stunning supercar in our full review here.