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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus shows its new ‘dog of war’ — the 007 LMP1 hypercar

Early in 2019, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) sent out a “state of the union” of sorts. In addition to laying out the status of the company’s projects, it also painted a picture of what was in store for the future. SCG set goals to race the Baja Boot at the Baja 1000 in the stock SUV class, race the 004 GT3 and GT4S at the 2020 24 Hours of Nürburgring, and race its 007 hypercar at the 2020/2021 World Endurance Championship and Le Mans. At the time, only initial renderings had been released of the 007, but today, we get our first glimpse of the near-finalized design. 

Dressed in red with white details on its nose and tail, this is the SCG 007 LMP1. James Glickenhaus posted the photos to social media with the caption, “Cry Havoc And Let Slip The Dogs Of War.” He also added “3L TT V6,” which reveals that the car will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. Interestingly, the wheels and colorway seem to be nods to Alfa Romeo, which does offer a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 in the Giulia Quadrifoglio.

We had previously believed the car to be a hybrid, but that is now unclear. In the March release, SCG said it had been developing a new powertrain with the same team that created the hybrid KERS system for the P4/5 Competizione. Official specs were not detailed, but the road versions of the race car were tipped to have an 800-horsepower engine, plus a 200-horsepower hybrid setup that is “similar to the system we use on our LMP1 car.” However, SCG’s Facebook has now posted reports that the car will have the TT V6 and nothing more. Additionally, in an Instagram reply, SCG said the car would have 750 horsepower “as allowed by rules.” 

SCG said in a different social media comment that the car will be ready for testing in July 2020. We’ve reached out to SCG and will update with more information as it comes.

Glickenhaus shows Le Mans-bound, Alfa Romeo-inspired hybrid hypercar

New York-based boutique automaker Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus plans to challenge Aston Martin, Toyota, and possibly Lamborghini in the World Endurance Championship’s new hypercar category. Company founder James Glickenhaus published an enigmatic preview image to give us an early look at the upcoming race car, which will spawn an incredible street-legal model.

The photo depicts the yet-unnamed car’s rear end, and there’s a lot to take in. We see a swooping roofline that flows into a rear end accented by a pair of fins. This styling cue seemingly pays homage to the three Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica (BAT) concept cars Alfa Romeo commissioned from Bertone between 1953 and 1955, which isn’t surprising considering Glickenhaus is well-versed in automotive history. The Michelin-wrapped alloy wheels are also very Alfa-like, while a sizable air diffuser suggests the car spent many hours in a wind tunnel.

While the teaser photo asks more questions that it answers, Glickenhaus added that the car’s drivetrain will consist of an engine tuned to send 650 horsepower to the rear wheels, and a Formula One-like kinetic energy recuperation system (KERS) that zaps the front wheels with a 150-horsepower electric boost. This layout delivers through-the-road all-wheel drive, and we expect it will provide jaw-dropping performance. The engine’s origins remain under wraps, however.

If that number rings a bell, it might be because the Baja Boot off-roader uses a 650-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 engine borrowed from the Chevrolet Corvette Z06’s parts bin. We can’t help but wonder if the same time-tested supercharged eight-cylinder will also appear in the endurance racer.

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus might bring its next new model to Pebble Beach, California, this week. If not, the company could show it either at the Frankfurt auto show opening its doors in September, or the Los Angeles auto show taking place in November. Either way, testing will begin in the coming months, and the car will participate in its first World Endurance Championship race in 2020. The street model will likely go on sale at about the same time priced well into the six digits.

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus to build factory in Connecticut

Specialty sports car and race team Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is planning to build a new assembly plant in Connecticut for its upcoming 004 and 006 road-going sports cars.

The new facility would add to its factory in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., where SCG restores its personal collection of cars and conducts final assembly of the 003, but only has capacity to build around one car per month, said Jesse Glickenhaus, managing director and son of founder and film producer James Glickenhaus. The firm expects to close on the new property at a small airport in Danbury, Conn., a 45-minute drive from Sleepy Hollow, by the end of this week.

In an email to Autoblog, Glickenhaus adds “we are building out this space so that eventually it could build 15 cars per week (although we won’t be at the capacity for several years), and we are building the factory to scale 50 cars per year.”

Clients will easily be able to land a plane and taxi straight to the factory to park. “The main building is a round building that was originally built to manufacture giant revolving turntables for restaurants in skyscrapers or also for railroad stations where trains needed to turn around,” he wrote. “There is also a smaller 4-bay garage that will display vehicles, and contain offices and conference rooms.” He said the company plans to make the facility environmentally friendly and is researching powering the building entirely with solar panels and batteries.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration earlier this year granted the company status as a low volume manufacturer, meaning it will be allowed to produce up to 325 cars in the United States and be exempt from certain regulations that larger, volume automakers must contend with. The company currently builds most of its cars in Turin, Italy.

The 004 is the mid-engine, central-seat sports car available in road-legal form as the GT 004S, a carbon fiber-bodied three-seater, and the 004CS, the road-going version of the 004C race car that will be powered by a tuned version of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Nissan GT-R. It’s expected to launch from the new plant in late 2019 with an optional 800-horsepower LT5 engine along with the base 650-hp LT4 engine, both available in manual or automatic transmission with paddle shifters, according to Motor1.

The 006, meanwhile, is a retro 1960s-style two-door roadster that will produce 650 horsepower and start around $250,000. The company first showed off the 003 supercar at Geneva in 2015, and it’s also planning to re-animate the Baja Boot off-roader with a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, reportedly in California.

Here’s a little more color that Jesse Glickenhaus shared with Autoblog:

We are a small company that is a passion more than anything. Jim and I dream up dreams that seem crazy and impossible to the world (let’s make a pure race car for the road that is better than anything else on the market, let’s build a car in the United States to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for 1st Overall, let’s build a road legal car that can drive to from California to the Baja, race the Baja 1000, and drive home, let’s build a car from the ground up to race the 24 hours of Nurburgring and be competitive for first overall). Then we both go and make that happen. My main job is working together with my dad to figure out how to make these dreams and adventures happen.

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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus gives glimpse of SCG004CS

Let’s recap what’s coming from Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. The small-batch U.S. manufacturer showed the 004S last November, a carbon-fiber bodied, 2,600-pound, three-seater road car that comes with a gated, six-speed manual but offers a paddle-shifter as a cost option. A track-only version called the 004C will be developed to run in GTE, GTLM, GT3, and GT4 racing, as well as Germany’s VLN series that includes Nürburgring races in the SPX class. Then we have the 004CS, which is the road-going version of the race-only car, rendered in the sketch above.

The 004CS will feature an interior close to the S, an exterior close to the C, plus street-spec front splitter and rear diffuser, and optional center-lock wheels. All three versions will be powered by the 3.8-liter twin turbo VR38DETT V6 from the Nissan GT-R, tuned to around 690 horsepower in the 004S, and around 900 hp in the 004CS. SCG plans to race the 004CS as well as the 004C, and will pull the same trick with the race-road hybrid at the 2020 Nürburgring 24-Hour race as it did a couple of years ago with the 003CS. Company namesake Cameron Glickenhaus said he plans to drive from his hotel to the ‘Ring and hand the car over to his race crew, who will swap in the race engine to compete. The carmaker will apply to race in the 2019 ‘Ring race, but might do so with the 003C.

Production should begin on the 004S at SCG’s Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., factory later this year. Having been approved for small-volume manufacture, SCG can build up to 325 examples of the $400,000 coupe, each with a VIN. The 25 Founder’s Edition will come first, SCG saying its entire 2018 production has been spoken for. Come 2020, the firm expects to build 250 units per year to satisfy homologation requirements. SCG remains mum on pricing for the 004C and 004CS versions.

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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus earns right to build $2 million cars in US

The day Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has been waiting for is here: SCG has been confirmed as a Low Volume Manufacturer by the U.S. government – meaning it will be allowed to produce up to 325 cars in the United States.

The status was granted by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration, and it exempts SCG from some federal regulations as long as the company meets safety and emission laws. SCG applied for the status back in April. It currently builds cars in Turin, Italy.

No word yet on where SCG might set up shop here.

Now, about the cars:

They are quite something. Priced at a cool $2 million each, there will be three versions available. The first is a Stradale (road-legal) version, the SCG003S. It has a twin turbo V8 producing more than 750 horsepower and 590 foot-pounds of torque, with a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox, as expected of a car this rarified. When the car was first displayed a couple of years ago, there was talk about it having a Honda twin-turbo V6, but that has been changed, apparently to a BMW-sourced 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. The car’s shape and some details have also been altered slightly in that time.

The second version is the SCG003CS, for Competizione Stradale, and it can be seen as the road-legal version of the competition version, the SCG003C, which took a class win at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race, capable of a 6:33 lap at the famed Nordschleife. Those two models are powered like the Stradale but are more stripped and race-prepared.

As for the SCG003C, the full-on race version, Glickenhaus will be more than happy to provide “full Worldwide Race Support at many races throughout the World for our SCG003C up to and including full entry in The 24 Hours of Nürburgring and its support races.”

SCG adds that an SCG003C owner has “a real chance to win the N24.” As manufacturer taglines come, that one is perhaps unparalleled.

SCG says it will build four to six 2018 model-year cars, and the 2019 production run is estimated at eight to 10, adding that the cars will be “likely to sell out very soon.” Unclear how many of those might be built in the United States.

The company is also considering developing other models and the construction of a second United States manufacturing facility capable of producing 100 cars per year. Since that number seems especially ambitious for the $2 million 003, could SCG have a “cheaper” car in the pipeline?

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