Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is on a Mission to Build a Modern Baja Boot
If for nothing else, nobody can accuse James Glickenhaus of being boring. He was the brains behind the Ferrari-Enzo based, Pininfarina-designed P4/5. He was also the man who brought the SCG 003 to life. Now, Glickenhaus is turning his attention to the off-road segment with plans to build a modern road-legal version of the Boot off-roader that Steve McQueen famously raced in back in the ’60s.
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Is Now Officially A Low-Volume Automaker
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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Glickenhaus SCG003C Racer Storms the Nurburgring: Video
If I may state to obvious, the Nurburgring is an absolutely terrifying place. Jackie Stewart was dead on when he dubbed it the Green Hell, given its nearly endless series of blind corners, elevation changes, bumps, subtleties, and technical challenges. Then, of course, there’s the raw speed of the place. Few tracks in the world can test a car’s performance quite like the ‘Ring, and if a driver doesn’t have the mental fortitude and skill required, the end result can be deadly. All told, this is not a place for the timid. However, if you manage to avoid the pitfalls, hit your apexes, and keep it off the grass, the rewards can be enormous. And that’s exactly what we see in this video of a magic flying lap taken from inside a Glickenhaus SCG003C race car.
Shot during the Glickenhaus’ 6-hour qualifier for the upcoming Nurburgring 24 endurance event, the video provides us with an in-car perspective, revealing not only the driver’s steering inputs and the spaceship-esque control layout of the SCG003C, but the talent required to put in a hot lap in a 500-horsepower speed machine. Rumor has it the SCG003C might even have what it takes to best lap times laid down by the Porsche 918 Spyder and Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Either way, watching this thing run around the ‘Ring is a real treat, especially with a smattering of slower traffic complicating the issue.
James Glickenhaus’ Idea Of A Nürburgring Lap Time Competition Is Never Happening
Say what you will about James Glickenhaus’ braggadocious tendencies, but the man is good for some headlines. He was confident enough to launch his own car company. He was confident enough to compete at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. And he’s confident enough to call his own shot at the production car lap record at the Nürburgring. Yes, the same man who recently unveiled the intense SCG 003S at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show believes that his newest creation can lap the Green Hell in just 6:30, which would be 27 seconds faster than the current record-holder, the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Glickenhaus is apparently so confident in his road-going SCG 003S that he told Car and Driver in Geneva his intention to create a competition at the iconic German racing circuit to determine, once and for all, which production car is the fastest around the track. Not stopping at simply proposing the competition, the man behind the P4/5 also wants the competition to be held immediately after the qualifying stage of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring with the added caveats that automakers who participate in it are required drive the cars from Cologne to the Nürburgring using only a single set of tires and then using the same set of tires during the competition.
He does admit that it would be too late to hold the competition this year since the 24 Hours of Nürburgring is scheduled to begin on May 25. But if other automakers get on board and Nürburgring authorities give the green light, Glickenhaus believes that the competition could have its inaugural run in 2018.
The proposal is interesting, but don’t expect it to happen anytime soon, even if Glickenhaus champions it to the high heavens. Between getting automakers to agree on participating and having the blessing of track officials, there are a lot of holes that Glickenhaus needs to jump through before it can even get people to take his proposal seriously. Then again, he might just be doing all of this because he has a car he thinks can win the whole thing.
Whatever the case may be, this is as good an example of how the mind of James Glickenhaus works. He may not say the right things all the time, but when he does say something, people tend to listen, no matter how strange his statements may be.
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James Glickenhaus’ Dreams Of Supercar Supremacy Lives On In The SCG003S
You can’t fault James Glickenhaus for dreaming big. The man, after all, is known in automotive circles for pushing the envelope in ways that very few people with his means are inclined to do. It started when he brought to the world the P4/5, a Pininfarina-created, Ferrari Enzo-bodied racer that enjoyed tremendous success in races all over the world. From there, Glickenhaus set out on expanding his lineup of performance machines, first with the SCG003C before following that up with the SCG003CS. Now, the third iteration of Glickenhaus’ vision is making its presence felt at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The model is called the SCG0003S, and it’s an 800-horsepower, road-going supercar of unbridled fury.
The debut of the SCG003S will create headlines. That much I can guarantee considering its capabilities on the both the road and track. Glickenhaus himself says that his new pride and joy is capable of blasting around the Nürburgring in 6:30, a time that would easily make it the new lap king of the track. By almost all metrics, the SCG003S is going to be a handful to deal with for all the right reasons.
But there’s also something more meaningful about the SCG003S, and it has very little to do with form or function. The supercar, for all intents and purposes, is the culmination of an ambitious goal set out by its creator when he first thought of the idea of asking Pininfarina to rebid his Ferrari Enzo and turn it into the P4/5. It seems like a long time ago, but through grit, hard work, and determination, Glickenhaus is well on his way to achieving his goals.
Make no mistake, though; the man is far from settled. The SCG003S, as awesome as it looks and sounds, isn’t Glickenhaus’ end-game. Once the car is launched, the plan is to sell at least three cars a year at a price of $1.8 million for each unit, all while setting the long-term goal of competing in the GTE category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the SCG003. Think the SCG003 would be out of its depth in Le Mans? Yeah, try telling James Glickenhaus that.
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SCG 003S Coming To Geneva; Will Lap Nürburgring in 6:30
When you’ve got a man like Jim Glickenhaus working on a new car, and then hear word that it will be able to lap the Nürburgring 6:30, you know things just got serious. And boy is that the case when it comes to the SCG 003, which will also make its debut in less than a month at the Geneva Auto Show. Oh, that Nürburgring run, by the way, will beat out the Porsche 918 Spyder, which – coincidentally – holds the record for a production car on the ‘Ring, by about 27 seconds. That’s a pretty bold statement, but there are some figures there to back it up, believe it or not.
On top of that insanely bold statement, the SCG 003 is street legal and will reportedly make the run using street tires. It’s BMW-derived 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 that pumps out 800 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. And, while that figure seems like it should be a bit higher if it’s really going to break the record by that much, the SCG is said to tip the scale at less than 2,900 pounds including a full tank of gas. The sprint to 60 mph is said to come in less than three seconds, while top speed will be higher than 217 mph. Able to pull two G in the corners, and generate more than 1,500 pounds of downforce at speeds above 155 mph, this thing is the true definition of a rocket on wheels.
Keep in mind that the SCG003 already holds one record, Back in 2015, it was participating in a race on the ‘Ring, but both models on the track were black flagged for being too loud. Be that as it may, Glickenhaus stuck around after the fact and posted a record time of 6:42, which made it the fourth-fastest car (including road-legal, track-only, and race cars) to lap that the ‘Ring at the time. This car has a strong pedigree, and we’re certainly on the edge of our seats waiting to see what happens the next time the road-legal SCG 003 hits the track with a record time in its sights.
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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Unveils Production-Ready SCG003S
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus just released a series of images showing off its latest top-shelf performance monster – the SCG003S. The first three letters are a nod to the car’s creator, while the “003” signifies that this is the third model that SCG has generated. The most important piece here is that final “S,” which stands for Stradale. Long story short, this hyperspeed spaceship is 100 percent street legal, which is kinda crazy when you start digging into the specs. Here’s an example – how does more than 2 G’s of grip sound?
The SCG003S joins its more hardcore track brethren as a true road-worthy supercar, complete with a full interior. Performance, however, seems unhindered.
Built by hand by the Italian firm Manufattura Automobili Torino, the SCG003S employs a carbon fiber chassis, plus big, purposeful aero similar to its race-special siblings. The huge downforce (over 1,500 pounds at 155 mph) helps this thing create ungodly amounts of stick, generating over 2 G’s of lateral acceleration at speed. That’s more than any other road car on the market, by the way.
The rest of the package is just as unhinged, with a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 dumping more than 750 horsepower and roughly 600 pound-feet of torque to the rear axle. Routing the muscle is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, while curb weight is kept at just 1,200 kg (2,646 pounds).
With that kind of power-to-weight ratio, you’re looking a sprint to 62 mph in less than three seconds, while top speed clocks in at an estimated 217 mph.
Throwing the anchor are carbon ceramic brakes, while owners will have a chance to tune and tweak various settings for maximum at-the-limit drivability.
Look for the SCG003S to make its big public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next year.
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Road-legal SCG 003 to be Offered as a Kit Car in the U.S.
In 2013, Jim Glickenhaus, the man who built the incredible Ferrari-based P4/5 supercar, set out to develop a new vehicle that would set new benchmarks on both the road and the race track. Known as the SCG 003, Glickenhaus’ new supercar become a reality in 2015, when Jim raced it at the Nurburgring, but the project has yet to be finalized. With the 003 now fully capable to compete in an FIA event, Glickenhaus is working to finalize two road-going versions, one of which will be sold in the U.S. as a kit car.
According to Road and Track, the SCG 003 will spawn two more iterations besides the race-spec car that lapped the "Green Hell." The track-only model will be mirrored by a 003S (S for Stradale) with a more luxurious interior and a toned-down aerodynamic package, while a 003CS (CS for Competizione Stradale) will sit in between as a road-legal version of the race car. The latter will share almost every feature with the car raced at Nurburgring, but receive additional side reflectors, a third brake light, and a different engine.
Still a prototype as of this writing, the 003CS will reportedly get a 4.4-liter V-8 instead of the 3.5-liter V-6 that Glickenhaus sourced from Honda for racing. Prepped for SCG by Manifattura Automobili Torino, the twin-turbo V-8 will pump out some 800 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, and more importantly, it will enable the 003CS meet new-car emissions requirements. Speaking of which, the 003CS will be sold in the U.S. as a kit car only. The reason behind this decision is that kit cars are exempt from U.S. airbag and crash-test requirements. Being titled as a home-built vehicle, the 003CS should be legal to register in all 50 states.
You’re probably wondering how customers will build such a comprehensive carbon-fiber kit car by themselves. Well, they don’t have have to. Jim Glickenhaus says that SCG will send a mechanic "on a plane to your shop and help you, take three days, and put the thing together." Pretty cool, huh?
What’s more, the SCG 003CS will be able to do exactly what Glickenhaus wanted to achieve when he first penned the project: customers will be able to drive it on public roads to the track, swap tires (and the engine for FIA events), and then compete against other full-fledged race cars. Once the event is over, the road tires go back on the car, making it street-legal again. How much is all this fun going to cost? We don’t know yet, but Jim should reveal more information as soon as the 003CS is ready to go into production.
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.
After suffering a 120 mph shunt during night qualifying for the 2015 Nürburgring 24 hours, the yellow No. 40 Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003C has withdrawn from the race. Highly experienced American driver Ken Dobson was behind the wheel at the time and was cleared of any injuries after being admitted to the circuit medical center.
“The car protected him in a huge crash. We’ll rebuild her. She will race again,” said Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus on its Facebook page. “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.”
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus still has one bullet left in the chamber in the form of the No. 9 chassis 001 SCG003C, which is the bare carbon-fiber car owned by Glickenhaus himself. The No. 9 has proven to be very competitive so far. After making it through to the final 30 qualifying round (and earning the all-important flashing blue light), drivers Lauck Manuel, Franchitti Marino, Jahn David and Mailleux Franck will start from 24th place. The No. 26 Marc VDS BMW Z4 GT3 starts from the front.
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Jim Glickenhaus’ 2016 SCG 003 is an incredible car. Built from the ground up from carbon fiber and other lightweight materials, the SCG 003 is arguably the pinnacle of modern supercars, although it doesn’t have the brand cachet of similar products from Ferrari, Lamborghini or McLaren. In fact, "similar" isn’t the word I should be using here, because the SCG 003 and the LaFerrari (random pick) have nothing in common besides the market they compete in. Glickenhaus designed the SCG 003 like no one else does today. It’s the type of supercar you can drive to the track and turn into a full-fledged racer by changing the rear wing, the diffuser, and the splitter before hitting the course.
If there’s one supercar the SCG 003 can be compared to, that would have to be the McLaren F1, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with only minor changes from the standard road car.
There are plenty of reasons why Jim designed the car this way, and one of them is that he likes to race. The SCG 003 already made its track debut in a VLN race at Nurburgring, but was black-flagged for being too cool... er... too loud, and Glickenhaus now plans to race it at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring.
As if that’s not cool enough, Glickenhaus wants to take things up a notch and tackle the greatest endurance event of all: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That may sound a bit wild given the car isn’t homologated as an outright GT3, but Jim says it’s possible.
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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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Jim Glickenhaus’ incredible SCG 003 supercar made its highly anticipated debut at this weekend’s VLN race at the Nurburgring, but the event didn’t go as planned for the Scuderia’s duo of Ferrari-based racers. That’s because both cars were black-flagged due to... exceeding the race noise regulations. In short, they were too loud for the ’Ring, if that makes any sense. The SCGs, which had been entered in the newly created SPX Class, were running 6th and 18th overall before the black flag forced them into the pits.
Unfortunately, that’s far from being the worst news coming from the race. The German track lived up to its “Green Hell” nickname once again when the No. 23 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 driven by Jann Mardenborough took off at the Flugplatz and crashed into a group of spectators, killing one of them and leaving many injured. The tragic accident brought an end to the race and prompted the organizers to make a temporary change of the circuit’s licence to prevent the SP7 to SPX classes from racing on the Nordschleife. This includes all GT3 and GT4 cars, as well as special projects such as the SCG 003.
Both the FIA and the German authorities are investigating Saturday’s crash, and it is not clear if the 24 Hours of Nurburgring race, scheduled to start on May 14th, will run as planned. We’ll be back with more info as soon as we have it.
If the name SCG doesn’t ring a bell for you its only because up until now you were more familiar with the "James Glickenhaus." Yes, the developer of the famous Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina and the race version, the P4/5 Competizione. SCG - or Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus - is his personal brand that will hit the market with two new models: a road car called 003 and the race version, 003C. Why 003? Simply because it will be the third model developed by Glickenhaus.
In a recent post Glickenhaus, said that the company already started to work on the engineering, aero and design, but unfortunately you shouldn’t expect to see the new model until later in 2015.
Updated 02/27/2015: James Glickenhaus revealed the official details of the SCG 003 supercar with just a few days before the official debut in Geneva.
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Here we have what is not just our closest look yet at the 2015 Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 003 during a recent test session at the Vallelunga Circuit in Italy, but also a great opportunity to pick the brains of the creators and engineers behind the project.
The SCG 003 is James Glickenhaus’ latest project and the follow up to the P4/5 Competizione road and race cars. The B-movie producer, turned car collector, turned car builder, has broken ties with Ferrari after the Maranello company pulled its branding from the P4/5 project in response to Glickenhaus’ decision to take the car racing at the Nürburgring 24 against its wishes. So, no more Ferrari power, but we now know the SCG 003 will be powered by the same turbocharged V-6 found in the recently unveiled 2016 Acura NSX. Going by the engine noise in this video, that certainly sounds accurate.
Glickenhaus kicks things off by explaining his vision. First, he wants the SCG 003 to bridge the gap between GT class racers and Le Mans prototypes, but also conform to GT class regulations. Second, he wants to be able to drive it on the road after its racing career is over. That might sound like a tall order, but he’s done it before. His P4/5 racecar competed at the Nürburgring 24 proudly wearing a New York state license plate. It’s a pretty cool sentiment and a throwback to the days when top-flight Le Mans racers were road legal.
Two versions of the SCG 003 will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March: a road car and a race variant called the SCG 003C. Two cars will compete at the Nürburgring in the first round of the 2015 VLN season, with the ultimate goal of a strong finish at the Nürburgring 24 in May. An entry in the 24 Hours of Spa could follow.
Check out the video to see how development is coming along and to get an earful of engine noise.
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James Glickenhaus is one of the greatest petrol heads of our time. The actor, writer, director, producer and capital investor is an avid car nut, and he has spent large portions of his wealth and time to create and collect incredible pieces of automotive perfection. His most well-known creations are the custom Ferrari P4/5 Competizione and P4/5 by Pininfarina.
These two incredible machines share a design, but little else. The P4/5 is a one-off exotic hypercar, but the Competizione is a race-ready monster that was built to completely destroy every racetrack it sees. Now that these two are finished, Glickenhaus is already working on his next toy, the SCG 003.
What makes the SCG 003 special is that instead of creating a race version and road version, Glickenhaus is constructing a car that will serve both purposes by using a completely modular drivetrain. Jalopnik has info from Glickenhaus himself stating that the road car will feature a V-12 engine with a pair of turbos strapped to it, and a road-capable transmission setup. Glickenhaus’ vision sees him driving this V-12 SCG 003 to the pit at Le Mans where he will remove the V-12 and replace it with a race specification, twin-turbo V-6 and a sequential racing transmission.
It’s a transforming race car, and it is the most amazing thing I have ever written about or read!
The most amazing thing of it all may be just how easy it is to swap. According to Glickenhaus the car’s drivetrain setup is “totally modular and can be dissembled and reassembled quickly at the track, by an average person using hand tools." When commenting on some photos of the car’s carbon-fiber subframe, he stated the motor, transmission and fully mounted rear suspension components all “unbolt by removing and putting back 6 nuts.”
This is the future, my friends, and it looks glorious.
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James Glickenhaus, the mastermind behind the Ferrari P4/5 Pininfarina and the P4/5 Competizione, is working on his next supercar. the SCG 003, Very little is known about the vehicle other than the fact that will feature a bespoke carbon-fiber chassis and body, but according to a teaser released via Road and Track the SCG 003 is starting to take shape.
The two-minute video isn’t very revealing, despite the fact that the footage was shot right in Glickenhaus’ shop, but it confirms that the SCG 003 is indeed a unique vehicle. Unlike the P4/5, it is not based on any existing car and every single piece, be it a body panel or a damper is being built by Glickehaus’ team.
The supercar will ride on an ultra rigid and lightweight carbon-fiber chassis and it appears that the body, developed with input from Formula One engineer Paolo Catone, will feature an LMP1-inspired design. The car is expected to tip the scales at around 1,600 pounds and carry a V-12 engine under its hood.
Glickenhaus also plans to build a race-ready version with a Honda-sourced V-6 mill and race it at the 2015 24 Hours of Nurburgring. The street version is set to debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.