The purist’s hypercar is coming next year. The 217-MPH speed isn't even the coolest thing about this race-bred machine
James Glickenhaus’ ambitious road-legal racing prototype project has been in the works for a few years now. But good things take time, and we’re patient.
It doesn't hurt that, unlike so many dodgy hypercar projects, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has already done the heavy lifting and actually built the darn thing. Or at least its racing counterpart, the SCG003C -- an impressive machine by any measure.
The street-legal version, dubbed the SCG003S (the "S" stands for "stradale," and "C" for "competizione") will finally make its official debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show. It should look more or less like the photos you see here. Details and tech specs are scarce; the car’s 750-plus-hp output is said to come from a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged motor (it isn’t stated, but a V8 seems inevitable) of unknown provenance; previously, it was suggested that the street version of the car would use the same twin-turbo V6 as the competition model. It will be built in Italy by Manifattura Automobili Torino, which also constructed Glickenhaus’ Ferrari-based (though not Ferrari-sanctioned) P4/5 Competizione.
The performance figures we do know are suitably impressive, though: 0-62 mph in under three seconds and a 217-mph top speed. It should come equipped with fancy pushrod suspension at all four corners, which lends credence to manufacturer claims that the SCG003S will be the “fastest-cornering car on sale, thanks to advanced aerodynamic downforce that allows it to generate more than 2g through corners: similar levels to sports prototypes.”
That it very nearly is a sports prototype helps its cause. Unlike, say, the Bugatti Chiron, or even the Pagani Huayra, everything on the SCG003S draws from what Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has learned campaigning the competition version of this car at endurance races around the world. Recall that the SCG003’s original design mandate was a car that would be competitive at top-level events such as the Nurburgring 24 Hours, but that would also spawn a street-legal variant -- and allow its owner to swap between either configuration at will.
In that sense, Glickenhaus’ hyper-modern carbon-fiber wonder is wonderfully old-school. It comes as no surprise, then, that emulating the road-drivable competition cars of yore was one of his stated objectives. Its competition-driven origin story feels about as authentic as it gets these days; though there are race-ready versions of mainstream hypercars like the LaFerrari and McLaren P1, the SCG003S alone was born from a roadworthy race car. And that's awesome.
Limited production will commence “the middle of next year," according to the SCG folks. Each car will be built to order and will cost at least $1.3 million; depending on how you configure yours, it could be well in excess of that. At the present, the plan is to build just 10.
The best part? It's supposedly set to be road-legal in all 50 states. How that will be possible remains to be seen; previously, SCG had discussed selling vehicles as "kits" without powertrains installed. If that's what it takes to get it to our shores, well, we're sure we can find a trusty mechanic to bolt everything together.
We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.