RE: Glickenhaus confirms WEC 'hypercar' class entry

RE: Glickenhaus confirms WEC 'hypercar' class entry

Tuesday 6th November

Glickenhaus confirms WEC 'hypercar' class entry

SCG's boss tells PH he wants to win at Le Mans with a new 007 hypercar slated for a 25-car production run



Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is bidding to become a major motorsport player by ramping up its track presence and racing to win in the WEC's new top hypercar class. The American firm, headed by founder James Glickenhaus, has confirmed plans to enter up to three cars into the category, which will supersede today's LMP1 class from 2020, creating an all-new 007 model in the process that will also be offered in road-legal form.

Glickenhaus boss told PH that the racing 007 could use a General Motors-sourced engine coupled with hybrid electric power to drive the front axle, as per the class's regulations. He said a planned run of 25 road versions would be largely identical, in order to "take racing back to the old days", where teams ran racing cars that could be driven on the road.


"We'll build our road legal hypercar with the same engine architecture as the racer so it would use the same block," he said, before joking that the two versions would be so closely related that "the dream is to finish at Le Mans, change the wheels and tyres and drive the racing car to Paris for dinner!"

Glickenhaus admitted that the road car would probably have to trade the racing car's KERS hybrid system for a plug-in alternative. But he said this would enable the road car to run in pure electric mode and therefore "be driven in the centre of cities in the future."


To create its new model, SCG intends to build on the proven base of its 003C racer, which has won its class at the Nurburgring 24 Hours twice. Glickenhaus said "we've shown at the 'Ring [with the 003] that we build capable cars. We have the fastest car there - we have the most ballast and the least horsepower".

With the tighter regulations of the new WEC category (click here for more on them), which look set to keep annual team spending to around 20 million euros, SCG believes it can take on far more established manufacturers from the get-go. Glickenhaus said SCG's newly formed Glickenhaus North American Racing team "will be going for the win" at Le Mans and that it already has financial backing in place to ensure the project goes ahead.


There's more, too. The WEC campaign will form only a portion of SCG's racing ambitions, adding to the existing strategy to supply GT3 and GT4 cars to privateer racing teams. "We'll have factory racing and also racing cars with customers racing all over the world, such as 004C, 006C GT3 and GT4," explained Glickenhaus. He also confirmed intentions to maintain a front-running SCG presence on the Nurburgring's VLN and 24-hour race grids.

All this comes as part of Glickenhaus's dream to use age-old 'win on Sunday, sell on Monday' formula,. SCG was granted permission to build up to 325 cars a year on US soil that are exempt from crash regulations and don't need features such as airbags. But newly announced plans to purchase the buildings of a small airport in Danbury, Connecticut, could provide the company with the capacity to produce 750 cars per year. Glickenhaus confirmed SCG would "therefore be embarking to make some of [its] models fully crash legal".

"It's a step by step process, but with so much going on we're moving towards making SCG a real car company," he said.


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kultsch88

Original Poster:

75 posts

101 months

Tuesday 6th November
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Seriously looking forward to Le Mans 2020 more than any recent one.

Nerdherder

308 posts

32 months

Tuesday 6th November
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If the excitement keeps on building like this 2020 is going to be an epic racing year. cloud9

LaurasOtherHalf

13,996 posts

131 months

Tuesday 6th November
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Just my two pennies...

I think they need to be careful of how many road going cars make a hyper car, lest they end up with the manufacturers building 25-off racing cars to homologise whatever they need to win.

Witness Porsche and Mercedes’ attempts to knock the McLaren F1 from its perch.

I’d prefer to see production numbers in the 100s (say 500 for instance), then at least we get to see a nice little run of specials rather than a few museum pieces.

isaldiri

3,950 posts

103 months

Tuesday 6th November
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LaurasOtherHalf said:
Just my two pennies...

I think they need to be careful of how many road going cars make a hyper car, lest they end up with the manufacturers building 25-off racing cars to homologise whatever they need to win.

Witness Porsche and Mercedes’ attempts to knock the McLaren F1 from its perch.

I’d prefer to see production numbers in the 100s (say 500 for instance), then at least we get to see a nice little run of specials rather than a few museum pieces.
IIRC the new lmp1 rules just call for 'hypercar silhouettes'. Nothing to do with needing road versions to homologate them.

Osamu Rosche

6 posts

1 month

Tuesday 6th November
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Hold the presses, it's Glickenhaus being a master of self-promotion again! You just cannot give a lot of weight to what the guy says in his press releases anymore. He will, as is typical, change his mind when it suits him. When scg003 was being conceptualized, it was supposed to be a small, lightweight road car. I recall mooted 700 kg weight or something equally unrealistic, which is telling. He used to bang on about it all over internet before abruptly changing his mind and ending up an almost 5 meters long and 2 meters wide Nurburgring behemoth (not a bad thing in itself, mind!), no doubt after proper engineers he had hired schooled him on what works and what not. More recently, the scg004 was supposed to have a nissan v6, no wait, a koenigsegg v8, err scratch that, a GM crate engine! This specification kept changing on a weekly basis. To add to it, before finishing as much as a seating buck for 004, Glickenhaus managed to announce three more projects: a 'baja boot' style vehicle, a 60's style roadster and 2020 Le Mans racecar. Of course all projects are on track of being road legal and on sale by next Christmas (or somesuch completely unrealistic deadline) and there are firm orders for each! What can possibly go wrong?

A lot of people all over internet idolize the guy and don't get me wrong, I admire some things that were achieved owing to his vision and money. It is very impressive to build any car, let alone a competitive racecar. Still, there is so much typical rich guy hot air about him. He's shamelessly promoting himself by making all those dubious claims, be it about the 'ring time of scg003, about how ready a multitude of his projects are, how he's so great that he pissed off Ferrari (who by the looks of it didn't even notice said pissing off), how he 'publicly challenged' McLaren, Porsche etc. to race their hypercars against his on the 'ring (again, nobody gave a damn, they don't know who the chap is), etc. Let's not forget the case of one of his historic racecars (a ferrari s/n0846 IIRC) about the originality of which he made various demonstrably false statements (as detailed elsewhere on PH). His efforts in the topic in question to silence the doubters, calling them names etc., forever tainted the guy for me. Despite what he might want to come across as, he doesn't strike me as the most honest or down to earth chap.
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df76

1,778 posts

213 months

Tuesday 6th November
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kultsch88 said:
Seriously looking forward to Le Mans 2020 more than any recent one.
Afraid that the new rules apply for the 2020/21 season, so these won't be racing at Le Mans until 2021.

Streetrod

6,333 posts

141 months

Tuesday 6th November
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I too am really looking forward to this new class but the rule makers are going to have to be strict a tricky balance between making sure the manufacturers actually produce the right amount of real road cars and while still allowing them to innovate but again keep the cars close for decent racing. Grids filled with Senna’s, Valkaries, Project Ones, maybe a Vulcan or two etc etc will be glorious and will really be supported by the manufactures, the bragging rights will be huge

DanielSan

13,536 posts

102 months

Tuesday 6th November
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Lawsuit regarding the cars name arriving in 5,4,3....

GrahamG

1,085 posts

202 months

Wednesday 7th November
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There is NOT a budget cap for these new regulations - there are a number of performance caps that means there should be little point in spending far in excess of the levels required to meet that level.

Neither are these cars going to be the Valkyries, Vulcans etc that many think - they may LOOK like those cars but they will not be the roadgoing hypercars, rather they will be race car chassied cars with roadcar styling cues

Napolis

280 posts

148 months