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Country of origin:Italy
Introduced in:2015
Price new:$2,100,000
Predecessor:Glickenhaus P4/5 Competizione
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 13, 2015
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWith the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina and the derived P4/5 Competizione racing car, American enthusiast James Glickenhaus helped bring back the art of custom coach-building and manufacturing. He is now going one step further by producing his own machine from the ground-up under the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) banner. The 1960s spirit is retained as the car is designed to be driven to the race track, where it can be modified relatively quickly and then compete before being driven home again at the end of the day.

Dubbed the SCG 003, as it is Glickenhaus' third design, the new road legal racer is built around a full length carbon-fibre monocoque. Whereas the current design trend for sports cars is to add more horsepower in order to gain performance, the design brief for the SCG 003 was to keep the car as small and light as possible. This was achieved by using in-board suspension on all four corners and did not come at the expense of the occupants of the cockpit, who should be able to use the car on the road with a certain level of comfort.

A key element in the transformation from road to racing car is a complete drivetrain swap thanks to a smart modular design of all the major components. In road trim the SCG 003 can be powered by a choice of engines, ranging from a V6 to a W12. Once at the track, this engine can be replaced quickly and with relative ease by a race-ready twin-turbo V6. This is based on the production-derived HPD HR35TT developed for endurance sports car racing. It is further modified to suit SCG's particular needs by Bosch and Autotechnica. The competition engine should be good for around 500 bhp, which brings it in line with the other engines in the GT class.

Ahead of the official launch at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the very first SCG 003 was rolled out for testing at Vairano in December of 2014. In camouflage livery, it was shaken down by Nicola Larini. This car will be readied for the 2015 Nürburgring 24 Hours, while a second example, for SCG's first customer, is already under construction. This car is set to join the 'works' car at the 'Ring.' According to Glickenhaus, the ultimate goal is to drive the car to Le Mans in 2016, race it and then drive it back to Paris in time for dinner on Sunday evening.

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  Article Image gallery (36) Chassis (2) Specifications Video (1)