By on July 19, 2017

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There are probably more absolutely ludicrous racing spec cars on the consumer market now than ever before, but regulatory red tape frequently keeps some of the more extreme examples out of the United States. At $2 million a pop, the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) 003 couldn’t afford to relegate itself to Europe’s filthy rich. Otherwise, SCG might never reach its ambitious 2018 sales goal of four to six vehicles.

Fortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration certified Glickenhaus as a “low volume manufacturer” on Tuesday. That means the SCG 003 doesn’t have to adhere to the same level of safety and emission regulations as other manufacturers, which is probably the only way to get this goblin shark onto U.S. roadways. Of course, prospective owners will still have to make room for it next to their fleet of vintage Ferraris — possibly by relocating the servant’s quarters to another part of the manor. 

Safety need not be a concern, however. With the SCG003 adhering to the FIA’s crashworthiness metrics, the hypercar’s carbon-fiber chassis will probably keep you extremely safe in the event of a wreck. (Though its beak might sheer the shins off of any pedestrians you impact.)

The SCG 003 will come in three flavors, all bespoke and coming in around the $2 million mark — the plush 003S (Stradale), hardcore 003CS, and track-only 003C. While the “base” S model’s twin turbo 4.4-liter reverse-flow V8 delivers 750 horsepower and 590 foot-pounds of torque, according to a release from the manufacturer, those numbers can be tuned up to an unspecified degree for the CS and C variants.

The street legal cars posses a seven-speed electro-hydraulic dual clutch transmission, front and rear double wishbone suspension, adjustable dampers, and carbon-ceramic brakes. Glickenhaus also said there is enough aerodynamic trickery to make 1,550 pounds of downforce at 155 mph — which should be perfect for exit ramps.

Weight is a scant 2,866 lbs on the comfortably equipped and leather-trimmed 003S, whereas the other models shed a few pounds. SCG claims even the heaviest examples will be capable of 2.0 G’s of mechanical grip, 2.9-second 0-to-60 times, and a top speed of 217 mph.

The 003CS (Competizione Stradale) is scheduled to be unveiled to interested billionaires on the Monterey Peninsula this August, at which time more detailed specs should become available. Glickenhaus said that, ideally, SCG would produce a handful of cars for 2018 and ramp up annual production to 10 vehicles in 2019. However, if it manages to raise enough interest and capital, it would build a second production site in the United States.

Expect to see SCG back at the Nürburgring building hype, regardless of whether or not it’s building cars. 

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[Images: Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus]

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12 Comments on “Glickenhaus’ $2 Million Monstrosity is Eligible for Sale in the U.S....”


  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    I respect everything Glickenhaus has done, including engage with the proles over on FChat, but man is that thing ugly.

  • avatar
    arach

    I actually live in an alternative reality.

    I know this because in my reality this is a REALLY good looking car. I’d drive it in a hot second. The back is one of the best looking cars I’ve seen ever. You could tell me its the F60 (after the ferrari F40 and F50) and I’d believe you.

    The only thing I don’t like is the headlights, but I can’t find any “perfect car” so thats one complaint. At that price I’ll fashion new ones.. haha.

    But seriously, I think its a good looking car, and callign it a Monstrosity authentically confuses me…. So I’ll stay living in my alternate reality. If this is ugly, I don’t want to know what you call pretty in your world.

    • 0 avatar
      USAFMech

      Hmmm, the sky is blue in here, arach. I wonder what color it is in Matt’s reality?

    • 0 avatar
      Steve65

      I don’t hate its looks, but I don’t love them either. It decidedly does not qualify as “pretty”. “Brutally functional” is more accurate. Which can be attractive in its own way, but is a different thing.

      It looks like what it is: a formula car masquerading as a sports car. As such, it emulates modern “Prototype” racers with slavish accuracy, with only a tiny bit more concession to carrying people in the real world.

      The obsession with aerodynamics has ruined high-end formula car and sports car racing. And this car displays all the hallmarks, visual characteristics, and design compromises of that obsession. So to the extent that it’s a reminder of so much that’s wrong in current racing regulations, I hate it. It wants to look like a Le Mans prototype, and in my book, that’s a negative.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    It looks like one of those ugly Rolex Series Daytona Prototypes.

  • avatar

    I actually saw one of his creations on the streets of NY, in Westchester. I took a short video of it and posted it to my channel, sounds SWEEEEETT. Didn’t look like much at the time, just thought it was some sort of kit car.

  • avatar

    I had a chance to talk with James Glickenhaus last year at the auction held in connection with the Concours of America. I don’t care if his car is ugly. The man deserves credit for being a car guy of the highest rank. He daily drove a Testarossa (Me: “How much of it broke?” Him:”Every f***ing part. The frame broke.”). He got pissed off at Ferrari when they got prissy about him putting their logo on the P4/5 he had made out of a Ferrari production car, so he did what Shelby, Chapman, The Deuce, and Lamborghini did when Ferrari pissed them off, made his own car.

  • avatar
    bd2

    Looks like something out of the “Speed Racer” cartoon.

  • avatar
    Silence

    He should release a special edition to highlight its Le Mans pedigree. Call it the SCG003 DNF.

  • avatar

    Why pay a million for a new Ford GT (prices will have gone up since its introduction), of which there will be thousands around by the time Ford will end production, if you can have a truly rare road legal race car for twice the money? That’s to say, if you don’t opt for the even nicer looking Fittipaldi GT that debuted last year.

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