American automaker, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG), is planning on a big reveal for their SCG003S at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show next month. The SCG003S will be the first production model for the company and it’s a street legal variation of the SCG003C race car they used in competition at the Nurburgring. Based on data obtained from those races, SCG boldly claims they expect the SCG003S to dethrone the Porsche 918 Spyder as the production car king of the ring.
SCG isn’t planning on just beating the Porsche’s time of 6 minutes and 57 seconds. They are planning on destroying it with a target time of 6 minutes 30 seconds. That’s almost a full half-minute, which in racing terms is a decade, maybe even two. They aren’t getting these crazy lap times using fancy hybrid powertrains either, just a regular old 4.4L V8 with a little twin turbo help to produce 750-800hp and 580lb-ft of torque. The SCG003C race version was limited to 550hp and according to the company’s website, it also weighs 50kg more than the production model’s 1300kg. That means the SCG003S will have 200-250 more horsepower and weigh 110lbs less than its track only twin.
That’s not the only bold claim coming from SCG either. According to reports, they’re also boasting that the SCG003S is the fastest cornering car in the world and capable of pulling 2g through corners. Porsche claims the 918 can pull a lateral g of 1.8, however most independent testing has it closer to 1.2-1.5g. Both the LaFerrari and McLaren P1 have tested at 2.0 lateral g, so that should give you an idea at the performance level SCG is shooting for.
As I was doing research for this article I learned a few other interesting things about this new supercar. While technically it’s built by Manifattura Automobili Torino in Italy, it will be sold in the U.S. as a kit car and assembled by the buyer under “State Custom/Homebuilt Laws.” Apparently, by doing it this way they avoid all the rigorous crash testing and airbag requirements of the U.S. All models sold elsewhere in the world will receive turnkey ready cars.
With the Geneva show just a few short weeks away I’m sure that a lot more information will come flooding out about the SCG003. Hopefully, by then we will find out if there’s any truth to these bold claims. I must give SCG credit because whether the are true or not, they definitely grabbed my attention as well as many others in the moto community.