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Glickenhaus Reveals Le Mans Prototype Concept

Glickenhaus launches intentions to race at Le Mans with ‘SCG 007 LMP1’…

Photo: Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has released images of a prototype that the U.S. automaker plans to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The concept – dubbed SCG 007 LMP1 – appears to be in line with the new set of top-level prototype regulations that will come into effect in 2020.

SCG founder James Glickenhaus previously told Sportscar365 that he would be interested in putting together a Le Mans entry if the cost control measures stated by the FIA and ACO were achievable.

The new regs, which have been conceived to tempt back manufacturers to the FIA World Endurance Championship’s top class, revolve around a ‘hypercar’ design concept and a pledge to cut team budgets by a quarter. 

In a statement posted on social media, the company declared its aim of becoming the first U.S brand to win the French endurance classic outright since Ford in 1969.

“SCG will operate at cost for this program and will fund it no matter what even if it’s just one car racing against the world,” it said.

“We are offering a limit[ed] run of 25 road legal versions and one race version besides ours. All profits to go to funding our Le Mans program.”

SCG has floated a tentative starting price of $1 million for the production version of the car, which has no technical details yet.

Glickenhaus has a long-held ambition to enter Le Mans and follow in the footsteps of pioneering U.S constructors such as Briggs Cunningham, Carroll Shelby and Jim Hall.

The entrepreneur and film director has previously taken his cars to the Nürburgring 24 Hours, where an SCG 003C qualified on pole last year.

However, SCG has been unable to find a place for its projects under other existing rulebooks, including the WEC.

Glickenhaus has hailed the 2020 regulations, which were detailed in June, as a “natural and wonderful direction” and that SCG’s previous cars share similar design features with the FIA and ACO’s early renderings of their Le Mans vision.

He also said that SCG would be able to use its prior knowledge of hybrid systems from the P4/5 Competizione GT car to fabricate a similar unit for the ‘hypercar’ rules.

In addition to a Le Mans program, the company is currently developing its own version of the Steve McQueen Baja Boot off-roader, and has also recently launched a 1960s-style supercar christened the SCG 006.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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