Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, the company that was this year making noises about challenging for the all-time all-car Nurburgring lap record, is ramping up its production volumes so customers can go racing.
The company has just been granted low-volume manufacturer status by the American National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), which means it can build up to 325 cars per year without having to worry about all the usual federal regulations, which cost a fortune to meet.
With that in the bag, Glickenhaus has set its sights on GTE, GTLM and GT3 racing series across the world with this, the mid-engined SCG 004S. The ‘S’ signifies that it’s meant for the road. It’s the homologation special developed out of a still-secret racecar variant.
Its 5.0-litre 650bhp twin-turbo V8 serves a meaty 531lb ft of torque to the rear wheels via a gated six-speed manual gearbox – or a paddle-operated automated manual, which would be a shame.
We love how analogue this thing seems. It’s just the driver, a big V8 and some fat rear tyres. We’d bet that it’d be way slower than a McLaren 720S or Ferrari 488 GTB on a circuit, but we also bet it’d be even more fun.
Inside the 004S it’s a three-seat affair with two chairs either side of and slightly behind the driver, a la McLaren F1. The driver therefore sits dead-centre, which is ideal for racing.
It’s mostly carbonfibre, natch, with weight said to be sub-1200kg dry. Expect it to be fast thanks to pretty mean aerodynamics including a long, long tail, integrated rear wing and huge diffuser.
Prices start at $400,000 for the US-built machine, which is a lot cheaper than the $2 million the company’s Italian-developed 003 model cost.