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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.

39 Comments

39 Comments

  1. Me

    July 25, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Are they really keeping the shark fin for these new cars? Not sure they’ll help too much for aesthetics, if thats what they’re going for in this class…

    • Max

      July 25, 2018 at 8:33 pm

      I think so. Otherwise they may look too close to GTLM. Also the flip over protection is a safety add.

      • Matt

        July 25, 2018 at 10:55 pm

        The shark fin doesn’t provide flip over protection as seen a million times. It looks hideous and needs to go.

        • Jack

          July 26, 2018 at 12:24 am

          It doesn’t stop all flips, it reduces it’s the chance.

          • Helmut

            July 26, 2018 at 5:53 am

            It increases the chance to flip once it’s in skew position.

            Anyway. Why not just go with regulations that do not require ugly fins and open wheel archs to avoid cars to flip? There should be a solution, shouldn’t it. Current LMP look like closed formula cars and not like sportscars / prototypes.

        • FormulaFox

          July 26, 2018 at 6:54 pm

          Yes it does. Just because it doesn’t prevent EVERY flip doesn’t mean it hasn’t prevented ANY. Nothing is every going to 100% prevent all flips, but it speaks volumes that virtually EVERY rollover since their addition has involved compromised aerodynamics. These devices are designed to work in conjunction with the car’s aero and cannot be expected to reliably do their jobs if the aero is compromised.

          The LMP2 incident at Spa is the first flip since the fins(and fender holes) were introduced that didn’t involve compromised aerodynamics.

          The shark fin and fender holes were implemented to prevent flips like Stephane Ortelli’s 2008 incident at Monza, and they have proven EXCELLENT at doing so.

          • Helmut

            July 27, 2018 at 8:26 am

            In 2014, an Audi R18 got airborne in the Porsche curves during the first training session at Le Mans. On one of the few photos released one could see the Audi already in the air, in a skew position. There had been warnings long before that a car with a fin would flip once it’s in this position, and it seems this also happened to the Audi.

          • Helmut

            July 27, 2018 at 8:27 am

            “they have proven EXCELLENT at doing so”

            This is sort of a nonsense statement, as we have no idea whether the cars would have flipped without the fins.

          • FormulaFox

            July 27, 2018 at 3:22 pm

            Helmut, there have been numerous incidents almost identical to those that launched the old cars in which the new ones stayed on the ground. Yes, the fins have proven EXCELLENT at preventing numerous takeoffs that happened without them.

            If the R18 incident you’re referring to is the one I’m thinking of, the aerodynamics had indeed been compromised before it took flight(the engine cover had allegedly come loose, as had happened to Peugeot in a private test that generated the first airborne crash after the fins were added).

  2. James Glickenhaus

    July 25, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    We assume they will so that’s why we show it. All of us are waiting on final rules but this is a start.

    • Bob

      July 25, 2018 at 9:31 pm

      Wow! Unbelievable that the subject of the article made the effort to respond! Thank you Mr Glickenhaus…..says a lot to me. Bravo…

      • KV

        July 27, 2018 at 11:00 am

        Having skin in the game,will prompt ACO /FIA to get the regs in place, and speed up this debate over LMP1!

      • Jim Glickenhaus

        July 27, 2018 at 2:42 pm

        Thanks!

  3. TF110

    July 25, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    I think they look too much like a GT car and that’s not good for differentiating the classes. We’ll find out soon though.

  4. Sorc

    July 25, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Not enough prototype for me.

  5. sukmykok

    July 25, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Too much road car not enough prototype… they murdered the LMP1 class

    • EnduroRacelover

      July 26, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      Agreed!!!

  6. greeniessuck

    July 25, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    I reminds me of the GT1 cars back in the late ’90s.

    I like it, but others have said, too much GT and not enough prototype.

    Could do without the whole “greenie” hybrid crap.

  7. JG

    July 25, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    A glorified GT car.

    Still, if this is what it takes to get rid of the idiotic wheel arch cutouts (which have ruined the looks of all current prototypes), then I’m on board.

    Rear wheels need to be at least 15″ wide though.

    • Larry

      July 26, 2018 at 9:15 am

      The wheel cutouts actually serve a purpose, JG. They help to keep the nose on the ground and chunks of tire building up inside the wheel well.

      Have you not watched over the years and seen the reasons for these things?

      • Haskellb

        July 27, 2018 at 9:08 am

        You mean like when that BR1 hit a curb at Spa and did a back flip.

  8. Matt

    July 26, 2018 at 2:30 am

    “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,” !!!

    We need more people like Mr. G!!
    Can’t wait!

  9. Tyler Sanders

    July 26, 2018 at 3:14 am

    I agree with many commenters here this feels to much like a GT car and not enough prototype. In my opinion this var does not look special at all.

  10. Dave

    July 26, 2018 at 4:10 am

    This is a tough crowd. It is going to look GT-ish because it is a GT. At least in my understanding of the proposed regs, there has to be seating for two. If you have LxWxH restrictions, it’s going to have to look a certain way. This is clearly more hyper/extreme than any McLaren GT3 variant (including the P1) or the Ford GT which I would consider to be the most hypercar/prototype vehicles out racing today.

    • Larry

      July 26, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Dave, the 956/962 and prototypes of that era had 2 seats, or at least were set up for it, and did not look “GT” at all.

      Also, like someone said, it’s gonna look wierd for an apparent GT car outrunning the P2s.

      Also, actual GT drivers might not realize this is a prototype overtaking them and not respond accordingly.

  11. A Sleeper From Pittsburg

    July 26, 2018 at 8:59 am

    What a disaster to change the actual P1s for an uber horrid thing like this. It will be the strangest thing to see such a crapwagon being faster than proper racecars like the P2s.

    The Toyota GR is such a better looking-prototype based concept.

  12. jason

    July 26, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Why all the criticism? That fact the image looks “GTish” is great!

    • Larry

      July 26, 2018 at 9:21 am

      No Jason, that’s why we have GT classes.

      This is about as lame as the DPi crap, trying to make prototypes look like street cars. Only one of them even made any effort to make it actually look like one of its products.

      I like being able to use different engines unlike the spec engine in P2, but the whole bodywork think is ridiculous.

      • jason

        July 26, 2018 at 12:48 pm

        I agree that DPI greats are not that great. But you are wrong about the rest sir. Based on what you are saying, then what should appeal to people is formula 1 cars with a roof and fenders. That is not the heart and soul of sportscars. What is however is taking a concept from the street, putting it on the race track and then perhaps then taking back to the street.

        GT racing IS sportscar racing.

        • jason

          July 26, 2018 at 12:49 pm

          correction
          *I agree that DPI cars are not that great.

      • Paul

        July 26, 2018 at 1:23 pm

        The DPIs are the best looking race cars at the moment

      • John Martin

        August 5, 2018 at 9:44 pm

        I went to Daytona and Sebring this year, and I’ll say the Dpi cars looked way better then does Spec LMP2 cars, and I just read that IMSA will seperate the classes in 2019, turning the LMP2 into a spec support class and the Dpi will be let loose since there will be no need for parity with the Spec P2 class.

    • A Sleeper From Pittsburg

      July 26, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      No, it´s not.

  13. Sir Skidsalot

    July 26, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Wait does that mean that you think “prototypes” have to look ugly and chopped together rather than beautiful like a “GT” car? Today’s prototypes look more like they were put together with giant rounded lego blocks. A prototype is supposed to be a vision of the future, not ugly blocks and chunks. IMHO.

    By the way, the Glickenhaus above, reminds me of the Ford GT, and that is not a bad thing.

  14. Jenner

    July 26, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Nice. Now that’s what I call a car with proper “styling cues”.

  15. Grand Am Fan

    July 26, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    This reminds me of a Multimatic Ford Focus DPi with a Ford GT front end. Love it!

  16. Luna

    July 26, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Guys, do you really believe all the rubbish told by Glickenhaus?

  17. GT1 GTP

    July 26, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    dumb ugly fin

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