American boutique supercar maker Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus gets an early start to a big 2019 with a new factory and a WEC Hypercar entry.
It looks like Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is both scaling up production of its supercars and getting ready for an all-out onslaught on the World Endurance Championship with a win for America in the LMP1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, all in 2019. As per Glickenhaus in a series of posts on social media, SCG dropped details on its upcoming supercar factory as well as officially announced that it was going to participate/provide factory backing for teams that chose their SCG007 to race with.
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Viewed from above thanks to Google Maps, SCG finds its home smack dab in the middle of what’s presumably an active airport for small craft and personal jets. The area is also zoned for production with a handful of production SCG will share neighbors with including local Speedsport Tuning and Audi Parts and Services, where it currently finds it’shome, both which probably take advantage of the airport which it sits on.
Details shared with Autoblog, one of the first outlets to share this breaking news included plans for SCG to increase production from one car a month at this time to more than 50 a year. The plan will be for Glickenhaus to build up to 15 cars a week which presumably syncs up with the level of demand that they anticipate.
One of those cars being produced is the 004, a bespoke handbuilt supercar with approximately 650 HP paired to a 6-speed manual with an optional sequential shifter. All that power sits in a chassis that weighs 2,600 pounds so as you can imagine, this supercar will be a handful on regular roads, which its 49-state legal as of this writing.
More importantly, in the world of racing, SCG also announced plans to commit at least two-cars into the FIA WEC program for 2020 and 2021 under the new hypercar regulations with the singular goal to bring a 24 Hours of Le Mans title win back to America.
In a quote to Daily Sports Car where SCG confirmed a couple more details about their assualt on WEC with their SCG 007, James Glickenhaus states,
“We aren’t going to make money doing this but it does serve several very useful purposes for the direction of the company. It puts our name in front of more people, and it teaches us how to build better cars. Every lap we have completed in racing has helped us to develop our cars to be better, faster, more reliable, and more robust. This is another big step on that same road.”
It’s quotes like this that make me excited about this American supercar maker. I’ll be keen to follow along with their developments in CT as well as their two-car team for WEC as 2019 unfolds.