Watch SCG003 Crashing At Nurburgring: Video
The 2015 Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance race is now written into the history books, but one entry that didn’t make it to the checkered was the yellow #40 Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 003, seen in this video eating a wall with frightening velocity.
The #40 SCG003 was one of the first to fall victim to the ‘Ring 24 Hours, pirouetting at the Kesslechen section at approximately 120 mph during a qualifying session, with variable weather, poor visibility, and an unforgiving chassis all conspiring to thwart even those most talented of hot shoes. American racing driver Ken Dobson was at the helm, and reportedly was cleared of any injuries after admittance to the circuit’s medical center.
“The car protected him in a huge crash,” said Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus on its Facebook page after the shunt. “We’ll rebuild her. She will race again. Her owner has a lot of heart. Chassis 001 is going to race for her sister and then drive to Villa d’Este next Sunday. As a great American once said: We’ve just begun to fight.”
The second SCG003 #9 car, owned by Glickenhaus himself, managed to fight till the end, slotting into ninth midrace and earning a best lap of 8:26 before finishing in 35th despite numerous mechanical issues and a three-minute penalty for a speed-limit violation.
The Nurburgring, also known as “The Green Hell,” is universally acknowledged as one of the most difficult circuits in the world. It’s nearly 13 miles of technically demanding corners and over 1,000 feet of elevation change, with an estimated three to 12 fatalities recorded every year. Over 30 cars were forced to retire from this year’s event.
Based on the Ferrari Enzo, this homemade racer is made from composites and can be outfitted in road legal-spec if desired. The interior is big enough for two people, and the chassis is so stiff it can pass homologation inspection without the need for a roll cage. The exterior offers huge downforce and looks very much in line with a modern LMP1 car, while motivation is derived from a 3.5-liter V-6 boosted by two turbos. Road-going models will have additional engine options, including a top-range twin-turbo V-12 that puts down something close to 800 horsepower. Pricing starts at $2.5 million, with even more required for the racing version.
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