The $2.9m Glickenhaus 007S is a road-going Le Mans hypercar
While competing as a fully-fledged factory and customer racer, the Glickenhaus 007 is also being homologated for the road in 007S-form
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus was an early adopter of the new Le Mans Hypercar class rules, racing in the inaugural FIA WEC rounds that included the new flagship class alongside alongside Alpine and Toyota with great promise. Yet one of the founding reasons for the class was the now-scrapped requirement that all LMH class racers must be sold in a road-going guise to coincide, something SCG still has every intention of sticking with. US-based Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus still plans to deliver 24 examples of its road-going 007S, priced from $2.9m.
Final details are yet to be confirmed, but beneath its carbonfibre LMH-spec bodywork is an uprated variant of the racer's bespoke twin-turbocharged V8, producing somewhere in the region of 1000bhp. Pair this to a 1270kg wet weight figure and it's clear that the 007S will offer plenty of performance – it even comes with a driver-focused three-seat cabin layout.
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus partnered with Pipo Moteurs for the development of its bespoke powertrain, responsible for producing all 671bhp in the 007 racer without the use of hybrid assistance. In almost all of its rivals, manufacturers have made use of a front-mounted electric motor to deploy up to 248bhp at speeds of over 80mph, combining this with a combustion engine to meet the 671bhp maximum allowed output.
The race-ready SCG007 adheres to the minimum weight ruling of 1100kg, which together with the power deployment and mechanical and aero grip calculations, should give all racers in the hypercar class the capability of lapping the Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe in 3min 30sec. Moveable aero has also been ruled out.
Fears as to whether a relatively small team will be able to compete with larger manufacturers and their even more significant budgets is not a worry for Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. The new rules limit race development budgets to €20million, all of which Glickenhaus has already secured through sponsorship, according to comments on the firm’s official Twitter account. The brand seems rather confident too, commenting: ‘An American car hasn’t won First Overall at Le Mans since 1967. It’s time.’