Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Is Now Officially A Low-Volume Automaker
NHTSA approval allows SCG to build as many as 325 cars a yearby Kirby Garlitos, on
James Glickenhaus’ dream of unleashing his own brand of demented supercars is now one step closer to becoming a reality. It took some years and more than his share of headaches to get here, but it’s official after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) granted Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) the status of “low volume manufacturer.” This means that SCG now has the green light to produce as many as 325 cars per year that will be exempt from a number of federal motor vehicle and emissions regulations.
With its status now official, SCG has confirmed plans to develop three different models for public consumption. We’re already familiar with all three models, but for those who need a refresher, prepare yourselves to hear and see more of the SCG003S, the SCG003CS, and the SCG003C. Each of the three cars is expected to fetch prices in the vicinity of $2 million and will all be out on the market, possibly as early as 2018 or 2019. It’s unclear at this point which of the three models will be released first, but the company’s goal now that it has NHTSA clearance is to build anywhere from four to six models for 2018 with an eye towards doubling that number in 2019.
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What can we expect from these three models?
It’s safe to say that all three models Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus plans to build will be beyond the reach of normal folks. I’m not even going to start thinking about owning one. But for those who are ambitious enough or well-financed enough to make it happen, this is what you could be in store for in the event you decide to be one of the first clients of the newly-minted, low-volume supercar manufacturer.
note: photo of the SCG003S Stradale
The SCG003S – “S” stands for Stradale – made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and it speaks to the ambition of SCG that this 750-horsepower supercar is probably the easiest to get of the three models. It’s built like a full-spec supercar, complete with the generous use of carbon fiber elements on the body. It’s got a race car interior, too, in the sense that it’s devoid of any bespoke elements. It does have a digital dash, a removable steering wheel, full race harnesses, and mounting points to a full roll cage. It’ll also feature a double-wishbone suspension with pushrods and rockers operated adjustable dampers. The SCG00S is expected to weigh less than 1,300 kilos dry, or roughly around 2,880 pounds. All these features are fitting for a car that’s described as a “fully trimmed street-legal race car.”
It certainly performs like one, too, thanks in part to a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that pumps out 750 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. That powerhouse engine is mated to a seven-speed transmission, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.9 seconds before blowing everyone’s mind on its way to a top speed of 217 mph. Seems fitting then that it would cost almost $2 million.
Not much is known about the SCG003CS – “CS” stands for Competizione Stradale – at this point, but there have been reports that this iteration of the SCG supercar will be positioned more as a track-focused version that still retains some of its street-legal credentials. It’s effectively the middle model that will sit between the SCG003S and the SCG 003C. Its design will be largely similar to the SCG003S, although it will have what SCG describes as a more “luxurious and livable” interior to accommodate its road-legal status. On the performance end, the SCG003CS will also feature the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with slightly more power. No mention was made regarding numbers, but expect it to clear 800 horsepower pretty easily. The SCG003CS can also be transformed for competition racing thanks to its modular nature.
The crown jewel of SCG’s lineup is the SCG003C. Unlike the SCG003S and the SCG003CS, the SCG003C is the automaker’s full-spec race car, which completely limits its use exclusively to race tracks. It does have some styling similarities to its street-legal brethren, but due to its track-exclusive status, don’t expect anything in the interior other than safety features.
In terms of power, the SCG003C is actually the least powerful of the three. It comes with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that produces 490 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed Hewland sequential transmission and together, they help the racer clock an acceleration time of 3.0 seconds from 0 to 62 mph and 8.0 seconds from 0 to 124 mph. With all the fluids in place, the racer weighs 1,350 kilos, or just under 3,000 pounds.
For those who are curious to see what the SCG003C is capable of, it has documented video of its qualifying run at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
For those who are curious to see what the SCG003C is capable of, it has documented video of its qualifying run at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Showing how incredible its pace really is, the racer driven by Jeff Westphal clocked a lap time of 6:33.29 on the 12.9-mile stretch of the Nordschleife, the same section of the world famous race track where all these production lap times are done. To put that in perspective, the McLaren P1 LM that holds the fastest non-street-legal race car lap time around the same track in 6:43. The only reason why the SCG003C doesn’t hold the record in that class was because it was using full racing tires during its qualifying lap for the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
Read our full review of the 2016 SCG003