A while back we heard rumors of a new American supercar that was throwing around some pretty bold claims regarding the Nurburgring lap record for a road-legal car. But because it was a fairly unknown company outside the racing world, most people didn’t put a whole lot of weight behind the SCG003S. However, once you learn that names like Scuderia are involved in the creation of this sleek and sexy supercar, it starts to have a bit more credibility. The man behind the entire operation is James Glickenhause, whose been extremely successful in the film industry and therefore had the means and opportunity to focus on his true passion, cars, and motorsports, especially endurance racing. James is the one that commissioned the P 4/5 Competizione that started life as a Ferrari 430 Scuderia then was fully redesigned by Pininfarina to become a highly sought after race car. To say he’s highly respected might be an understatement. So anytime he puts his name on something you best take notice.
James is the Glickenhaus in the small American boutique supercar manufacturer, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. The company’s latest project is two variations of the SCG003, the SCG003C, and SCG003S. The “C” stands for Competizione and the “S” for Stradale. There’s also talks of a third model, the SCG003CS “Competizione Stradale.” The SCG003C is a full spec race car that was built specifically for endurance racing with a focus on one race specifically, the 24hrs of Nurburgring. With that being said you can see why SCG feels so confident about their claims of dominating the road legal lap record at the Ring with the SCG003S, the foundation of the car was built specifically for it. The Stradale version of the SCG 003 has yet to be seen in action, but the SCG003 Competizione has. So we can use it as a comparison to see how the street legal car will stack up. And thanks to some in car footage released by the actual Nurburgring YouTube channel, we can see an entire hot lap and let’s just say it’s impressive, to say the least. But more on that in a moment, let’s look at what we know about the SCG003C.
Due to race requirements, the SCG003C is limited on power to “just” 550hp and over 500lb-ft or torque coming from a 3.5L twin turbo V6. As with everything else on this car, it’s not your ordinary TT V6. It’s actually based on the HPD Honda racing engine that was originally designed for LMP cars. Apparently, it can be tuned up to the 650hp range quite easily and still maintain the reliability needed for endurance racing. The weight minimums are also regulated and the car is listed at just 1,350kg (2,976lbs), which works out to be a very respectable power to weight ratio. Since the car was built from the ground up, Glickenhaus made sure that only the best materials were used which resulted in almost the entire car being made of carbon fiber. And anything that isn’t carbon fiber is made of high-quality steel and aluminum as well as a few other exotic materials.
The overall shape of the car was so meticulously built with airflow and aerodynamics in mind that it’s able to slice through the wind effortlessly. On the website, they refer to it as “aerodynamic sophistication, which has made it possible to achieve top performances, unmatched by any other racing car in this category.” They go on to say that the car is rated with an “aerodynamic efficiency in excess of 3,” and if I’m honest I’m not sure what that means, but I have to assume it’s a good thing.
All that technology, and so much more, comes together to produce one hell of a racecar. It’s been clocked running the entire length of the Nurburgring, including the 3.1 mile GP track, in just 8 minutes and 1 second. When referring to the road legal lap record that Lamborghini just took out from under the Porsche 918 with a time of 6 minutes 52 seconds, that’s only the Nordschleife which doesn’t include the GP circuit. Glickenhaus estimates the SCG003C would lap the Nordschleife in just 6 minutes 21 seconds, and when asked what he thought his road legal Stradale would do he said, “On road tires, I don’t know, add 10.”
So when it comes down to the claim of becoming the new king of the ring with the new road legal SCG003, it’s a bold statement yes, but could have some truth to it. Because keep in mind, not only will the Stradale be more powerful with as much as 200-250hp more than the racecar, but also lighter. The Stradale doesn’t have to follow the FIA weight requirements so its claimed to be as much as 300lbs lighter than the race car. More power and less weight is always a good combination, right? It won’t have quite as much aero as the Competizione, but it will still have more than enough to get the job done. Plus if nothing else, it’s going to sound a hell of a lot better thanks to the 4.4L twin turbo V8 that’s been swapped in place of the V6 that powers the SCG003C.
The SCG003S has started popping back up in automotive news so I’m assuming it won’t be long until official word comes out about either a new lap record or a reason why there wasn’t one. But in the meantime, check out the in car footage from a hot lap in the SCG003C and see if you don’t gain quite a bit of respect for the car like it did for me.