SCG 003S: The 217mph hypercar that can pull 2G

Jim Glickenhaus's latest project is quite literally a racecar for the road


A new Italian-American hypercar set to be unveiled in production form at next year's Geneva Motor Show looks set to be a rival for Aston Martin and Red Bull's upcoming AM-RB 001 – this is a hypercar that promises levels of performance almost as high as Formula 1.

The car in question is the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S, a hypercar that offers racing car levels of grip and performance in a package you can drive on the road.

That's because the whole SCG003S project has one foot firmly in motorsport. As Evo explains, SCG's aim is to build a car capable of winning the gruelling Nurburgring 24 Hours alongside a roadworthy car using exactly the same platform. The car is very similar to the SCG that competed in the last two editions of the race, but with essential tweaks designed to make it legal and usable on the roads.

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Top Gear says that the new hypercar "may have a name like coding, but it looks a lot more exciting than its prosaic tag". There are hints of Ferrari Enzo at the front end, while the rest of the car is pure racer, with its visor-shaped windscreen and assortment of huge air intakes, and its equally imposing rear-diffuser and wing at the back.

Incredibly, Glickenhaus says that the road-going SCG003S will be capable of generating over 2G of cornering forces on road-legal tyres thanks to its advanced aerodynamics. According to Road and Track, it's thought that this car could lap the Nurburgring in six and a half minutes – a speed that's even faster than the fastest time set by the racing version.

That's because the hypercar will be more powerful than its track-based sibling. The SCG raced at the Nurburgring over the last two years used a turbocharged V6 engine, but the version set to be sold with number plates is likely to be kitted out with more cylinders, more turbos and more brake horsepower.

The carbon-fibre chassis will be home to a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, producing over 750bhp and 590-lb-ft torque. It should mean the car is capable of a sub three second 0-62mph dash and a top speed beyond 217mph. The whole package will weigh around 2,800lbs.

The cars will be hand-built in Italy at Manifattura Automobili Torino – the same company responsible for Making Glickenhaus's famed Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina. Customisation options and mechanical setups unique to each customer have been promised. Prices will stretch into seven figures.

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