FEATURED - Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus presents SCG003 [w/VIDEO]
Geneva Motor Show never stops surprising us! Each spring it becomes a motorcity of the world and attracts not only thousands of visitors, but also small and very exotic manufacturers to demonstrate their latest creations next to world’s best.
Among such small teams is James Glickenhaus’ – American investment professional’s – Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. The man behind this enthusiastic squad is known as a passionate automobile collector owning unique one-of-a-kind machines like 1967 Ferrari Dino Competizione, 1970 Ferrari 512 S Modulo and, of course, the unforgettable 2006 Ferrari P4/5 custom-made by Pininfarina.
Mr Glickenhaus’ vision of an ultimate road-racing car continued further into the P4/5 Competizione which is based on the Ferrari 430 Scuderia. This car finished 39th in the 2011 24 Hours Nürburgring and in 2012 won its class and finished 12th overall.
The team aims to push limits further and has proudly announced the world premiere of the brand new road-racing car – the SCG003 – at the Geneva Motor Show 2015. Developed during the last 18 months this car will be the first to bear the SCG badge and will be offered for aficionados in two versions – Competizione (racing car) and Stradale (street-legal car).
A state-of-the-art modular suspension of the car allows to use different engines on the same platform. This results into ability for the driver to convert the car from racing-specified to street-legal with ease. The SCG team has created this technical novelty to house a 3.5-liter HPD Honda V6TT engine tuned by Autotecnica Motori. A powerplant for the Stradale version will also be a V6TT and is currently under development.
This uncompromised brutally looking supercar was designed by Lowie Vermeersch’s GranStudio. This designer also penned amazing lines of models like the Maserati Birdcage 75th Concept or the Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta Concept. His latest design – the extraordinary SCG003 - is really well put together. It looks like a decent supercar of 2015 – very modern and very aggressive. Powerful and muscular lines may remind Ferrari Enzo or even the legendary F50, but these are just styling echoes and the overall design looks original.
Aerodynamic efficiency of the car was obviously one of the key targets while creating the shape of the SCG003. The large front splitter and huge air inlets certainly do their job here. The front end shape is nothing but boring! It makes no doubt that this is a pureblooded supercar. The profile view is worth another compliment. Sleek front end well joins the cockpit and the shape is well transmitted to the back. No unnecessary broken lines, no fancy decisions. Forms well follow intended functions here. Massive rear wings hosting gigantic air inlets not only talk new design language but they are also shaped in the way to maximize downforce. Take in addition endurance racing cars-inspired central splitter nicely combined into the overall shape joining rear spoiler and you have well-sculpted highly functional read end design. A rather minimalistic rear view design clearly states that we are dealing with a racing car.
It is an implausible work to transform a vision of road and racing car into a single design. A shape where supercar and racing car features are melted together are embodied into the SCG003 and this Geneva premiere is perhaps the most extreme automobile of the 21st century, where a gap between road and racing car is left somewhere at the vanishing point..
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has issued the following press release:
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus together with GranStudio and Paolo Garella is happy to announce the unveiling of its latest road and race cars SCG003C (Competizione) SCG003S (Stradale)
The Scuderia will unveil its SCG003 at the Geneva Motorshow that will open to the public on March 5th. On its stand the team will present one of the two race cars that the team is preparing for racing and the Stradale version that will be ready for delivery at the end of the year, and that, soon thereafter, Jim will drive on the streets of New York.
SCG003 is a completely new GT, inspired by the latest design and technologies developed in the LMP1/LMP2 series. The surfaces of the car have been shaped by the combined work of the talented styling team from Granstudio led by Lowie Vermeersch and Goran Popovic, together with the aerodynamic team of a young group of engineers from Podium Engineering supported by Paolo Catone the father of many successful sport racing cars.
The all carbon fiber structure has been designed to achieve maximum rigidity and flexibility in packaging, ease of maintenance and safety. The rear carbon fiber frame holds the suspension pick-up points and can be easily exchanged to allow the use of different engines on the same platform. The Hewland gearbox, with paddle shift, is a strong and reliable unit coupled, in the race version, with a V6 3,5L TT developed by Autotecnica Motori and derived from the HPD Honda V6 engine. The road version will have V6TT engine that the team is specifically developing.
The chassis has a very refined suspension layout with front and rear push-rods.
The racecar uses BOSCH Motorsport Electronics and will race with Dunlop Tires.
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus hopes to offer to a select group of enthusiasts the opportunity to drive a true race car developed for the most challenging GT endurance race in the world, the 24H of the Nurburgring. Over the years modern supercars have challenged the lap time on the Nordschleife as an important indicator of performance and speed, SCG003 takes this challenge and extends it to racing the entire 24Hours of the Nurburgring.
With minimal differences between the road and the race versions, SCG003 promises to deliver the experience of a modern, easy to drive race car, with down-force and engine torque that are unknown in the supercar world. The BOP rules will balance the car’s performance during the race, but the car’s true potential will be revealed to the final owner with sensations and emotions that only real race cars can give. Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is developing a racing program that will enable the owners to race their cars throughout the world.
The race version of SCG003 can be easily owner converted to a road version should an owner so desire.
A very small team of young and motivated designers, engineers, mechanics, craftsmen and very experienced friends, have worked under the direction of Paolo Garella, Program Director for the SCG003 Project. Inspired by strategic vision of Jim, the team has set the fundamental project guidelines and performance targets, that during the past 18 month of the project development have kept the team focused on its final objective: to deliver a car that could be as iconic as P4/5 and as new and innovative as the product of a major car manufacturer.
The result of this effort is SCG003C/S a race/road car that will be proven at the Nurburgring 24H, a car that will drive on the street of New York, a car that promises emotions and unique experiences.
SCG003 will be offered for sale in race form at the Geneva Motor Show, and the Scuderia will also take orders for the road version that will be available late in the year.