SCG’s race car for the road is exactly what the label says

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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus – aka SCG – knows a thing or two about racing. So, when they say the SCG 003S is a race car for the road, something we hear way too often these days, you can bet that is exactly what they mean.

Developed with the expertise gained from racing at Le Mans or the Nurburgring, the SCG 003S is hand-built from the ground up in Sleepy Hollow, New York. And as you can imagine, it is nothing to sneeze at. Let us take a closer look.

2021 SCG 003S Exterior
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You can easily include SCG in the rarefied boutique supercar-maker club that is also frequented by the likes of Koenigsegg and Pagani. Only of the three, SCG focuses the most on the racy character of a go-fast machine, translated, of course, into road use.

SCG said a while back that according to its measurements and estimates, the 003S – by the way, the S comes from Stradale, which means road-going in Italian – will be the fastest ever roadgoing car on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, with a lap time of six minutes and 30 seconds – while fitted with Dunlop street-legal tires, according to Car and Driver.

How will that be possible, you ask? Through a mix of incredibly unique characteristics, as it follows.

SCG 003S – Powertrain and chassis

2021 SCG 003S Exterior
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The 003S relies on a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 sourced from BMW. It is massaged to produce 800 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque sent to the rear wheels.

0-60 takes under three seconds and top speed is north of 230 mph. In addition, the 003S generates 1,700 pounds of net downforce and 2Gs worth of mechanical grip when fitted with road tires.

Stopping power comes from Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes. The 003S rides on Forgeline center-locking wheels and driver-adjustable shocks with pre-set modes for road and track. Also, the chassis, body, and subframes are all made of carbon fiber, so fully assembled and ready to go, the 003S tips the scales at around 2,700 pounds.

2021 SCG 003S Exterior
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Speaking of which, SCG opted for a Cima seven-speed single-clutch transmission (with paddle shifters, of course) because a dual-clutch unit would have simply been too heavy for the car’s purpose.

2021 SCG 003S specifications
Engine 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8
Horsepower 800 HP
Torque 627 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 3 seconds
Top Speed 230 mph
Weight 2,700 pounds

SCG 003S - Interior

2021 SCG 003S Interior
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There aren’t many pictures of the 003S’ interior out there, but those available show a rather spartan cockpit that’s very inclined towards the world of motorsport. From the yoke-style steering wheel – in your face, Tesla – and the knobs and buttons grouped on the center console, the 003S oozes racing inspiration.

According to Road and Track, who drove a pre-production car back in 2018, the cockpit is really crammed, however, we kind of expected that.

Oh, and there are two displays flanking the instrument cluster which are connected to rear-view cameras. At the same time, SCG says customers can have their own choice of exterior paint and interior leather or Alcantara colors.

SCG 003S – Other versions

2021 SCG 003S Exterior
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We get it, the 003S might not be hardcore enough for you. Then SCG will gladly offer the 003CS, as in 003 Competizione Stradale, which is still road legal but more track oriented. The 003CS has a different body kit, a beefier rear wing and a stripped-off interior. It tips the scales at 2,600 pounds and can generate up to 2,200 pounds of downforce.

Then there is the SCG 003C, as in Competizione, which is the company’s out-and-out, track-only competition race car. It packs a 3.5-liter twin-turbo Honda V-6 tuned by Autotecnica Motori of Italy, so it is now good for as much as 500 horsepower.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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