This weekend will see the race debut of the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 007 Hypercar at the FIA WEC’s 8 Hours of Portimao, but this is just the latest chapter in the Glickenhaus racing story. Here’s a trip down memory lane with the story so far!.
Most car enthusiasts will only have become aware of James Glickenhaus’s rather epic levels of petrolheadery after the appearance in 2006 of his custom-built Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina road car, commissioned by Glickenhaus on the basis of his Ferrari Enzo road car.
The result was a stunning and unique road car, delighting enthusiasts around the globe, and, at the time, (at least to some degree) embraced by Ferrari too, though the relationship would become significantly more strained later on!
2011 SCG P 4/5 Competizione
Five years on and things were about to take another significant step as Glickenhaus commissioned his first bespoke competition car, the P4/5 Competizione.
The intention was to create a racing version, visually at least, of the 2006 car and indeed the final car did feature what was effectively, a marginally scaled-down version of the P4/5’s body.
The underpinnings of the car though were entirely different, the Competizione based on a Ferrari 430 Scuderia, but powered by the then current 430 GT2 engine.
The car was entered in the first two VLN races of the season, prepped by N-Technology and crewed by Mika Salo (seen below on the car’s very first Nordschliefe lap), Luca Cappellari, Nicola Larini and Fabrizio Giovanardi.
By now Ferrari had distanced themselves from the effort, the P4/5 Competizione was now badged as an SCG – Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus – the ‘Cameron’ a nod to Jim’s wife’s name.
The 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hours would see the car finish the race, second in the small SPX class for non-homologated racers and a creditable 39th overall.
The car would also race in the 2012 Nürburgring 24 Hours this time with a c.50 hp KERS system fitted and with a shark-fin on the engine cover. The package, with Larini, Giovanardi and Manuel Lauck aboard had a less than straightforward race but despite that finished an impressive 12th overall, winning the SPX class.
There was a final fling for the car, it returned to the fray in 2016 alongside one of the later SCG 003 Cs (see below) it was not a happy return though, the car was eliminated in practice after a hefty shunt.
It is now in retirement, fully road-legal and part of Jim Glickenhaus’s amazing collection.
2015 – SCG 003C
The most widely raced of the Glickenhaus cars so far, the 2015 HPD turbo V6-powered SCG 003C (the road cars are BMW-powered) saw service in Europe and, for the first time for the marque, in the USA too.
The 003 C raced in the Nurburgring 24 Hours from 2015-2019, setting pole position in 2017 in the hands of Jeff Westphal, ironically the first year that the pole position team received a new trophy donated by Jim Glickenhaus!
Up to two cars were entered both by the factory team and by customer team Traum Motorsport with a best result of 8th overall in the final year of its frontline career in 2019.
In addition to the N24, and associated VLN appearances 003c saw action in the 24H series in 12H Mugello in 2016 with a pair of cars and in the 24H CoTA in 2018, with the cars entered by SCG and LightSpeed Motorsport, one car finishing fifth overall.
And there were other races too in 2016, Traum Racing at Zolder in 2016 in the DMV-GTC and a single-car effort too at the GT Open race at Monza.
2020 – SCG 004C
2020 saw the debut of the 6.2 litre Chevy V8 powered 004C – the car designed to replace the 003 as both a road and race car.
The 004, with the race car but once again at Podium Engineering in Italy, features a central driving position with Glickenhaus aiming for both GT2 and GT3 versions of this carm but they need to find buyers of 200 road-going 004S versions before GT3 homologation can be obtained, the roadcars set to be built at the company’s ex Highcroft racing facility in Danbury, Connecticut.
The car made its racing debut in the SPX class for non-homologated machines at the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2020 and had a solid run to 14th overall.
In 2021 an improved 004 has thus far made appearances at a solo VLN race, the ADAC N24 Qualifying race and in the 24 hours proper where it scored a creditable 20th place overall in the fog-shortened event.
Road car production is getting into full swing at Glickenhaus’s Danbury Connecticut base (previously the home of Highcroft Racing) with 200 road cars and GT3 homologation the key part of the racing plan for the car.
2020 Glickenhaus ‘Boot’
A homage by Glickenhaus to the legendary Steve McQueen offload racing Baja Boot, the racing version of the Glickenhaus reboot (sorry!) raced at the Baja 1000 in both 2020 and 2021, taking a class win on its debut against the highly publicised new factory Ford Bronco.
2021 007 Hypercar
The Le Mans Hypercar is the 007, built around a bespoke chassis and powered by a Pipo Moteurs designed and built/ Glickenhaus badged twin-turbo V6 producing 650 bhp in WEC race trim with no hybrid system and with rear-drive only.
The road-going versions of the car are promised with a three-seat interior and the engine producing up to 1400 bhp!
One car is set to make its race debut this weekend at Portimao with the second car added from Monza next month and for the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours.