The US racing team Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus wants to build a car for the new LMP1 regulations for the 24h race in Le Mans. A street-legal hypercar is being developed as the basis for the SCG007 racing car. Now there are first dates.
Aston Martin and Toyota have already confirmed that they will build cars for the new regulations for the Le Mans top class, which will come into force in September 2020. US small series manufacturer Glickenhaus also shows a serious interest in entering and competing against the two major manufacturers.
With his new project, code name SCG007, company founder Jim Glickenhaus plans to build on the successes of American Le Mans heroes such as Briggs Cunningham, Carroll Shelby and Jim Hall. The billionaire, who also enriches the 24-hour race with his team at the Nürburgring, is hot for Le Mans.
Glickenhaus wants Le Mans victory
“Even if in the end only one of our cars will compete against the rest of the world, we will put this program together, no matter what it takes. Even if we have to do it,” says Glickenhaus. “It’s been 50 years since a car built in America won overall at Le Mans. We want to change that.”
In addition to the first computer photos of the planned racing car, the racing team has now spread the first information about the drive. This gives the racer a V8 twin-turbo engine developed by the French racing engine manufacturer Pipo Moteurs. Originally, a V6 engine with a displacement of three liters and double turbocharging was to be used. This 840 hp engine was to be supplied by Alfa Romeo.
Construction of two LMP1 racers planned
The company founder is considered a friend of Italian sports cars, which is also reflected in the design of the racing car. The 1,100 kilogram car is also to be delivered to customers on request. The price that Glickenhaus calls is steep, however: for two million euros you can get a racing car that can start in Le Mans. The first prototype’s shakedown is scheduled for September 2020.