After the withdrawal of Audi and Porsche from the LMP1 class of the WEC, the FIA needed to shake things up. Out of those ashes came the new LeMans Hypercar class, and with it some reignited interest from automakers. And while the FIA has been continually adjusting the rulebook that these cars must adhere to, only one manufacturer has been committed to the new class since the outset: Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. The boutique manufacturer is well into the development of their SCG 007 racer at this point, but that’s not the only version in the works. Last week the automaker announced plans to produce the SCG 007S, a street-going variant of the LMH machine. Now though, the company has shared more details related to the road car, including a target Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time.
According to the post made by Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus across their social media channels, the SCG 007S is targeted to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in “under six minutes.” That is an insane feat for a street-legal vehicle, especially considering they claim this can be done on street tires. For your own reference, the current production car lap record is held by the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series with a 6:43.616 lap. That means this SCG 007S needs to run at least 44 seconds faster than the alpha AMG to dip into the fives. In other words, it needs to be unbelievably fast. Race car fast.
There is some thought behind this claim from Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. Unlike the Mercedes, this SCG 007S is more race car than street car even in road legal spec. One look at the thing is enough to garner that conclusion. Furthermore, the 2,800 pound wet weight (that’s when the vehicle has a loaded fuel tank) is tremendously low for a modern car, especially when you consider it will produce in the neighborhood of 1,400 horsepower. That presents a power-to-weight ratio of over 1,000 horsepower per ton, which is ridiculous. Combine that with the serious aero treatment and race-bred chassis, and the potential for such a fast lap is there.
There is actually a bit of precedent here, albeit in a more extreme example. When the Porsche 919 Hybrid EVO went around the Nordschleife, it was able to do so in a record-setting 5:19.55. That car was even more barebones than a typical racing machine, and certainly wasn’t on road-legal rubber. It weighed in at just 1872 pounds dry, and produced 1,160 from its hybrid powertrain. The 919 EVO is more extreme than this new hypercar offering from Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, but it isn’t road legal. The SCG 007S packs way more power than the Porsche did, but it’s around 1,000 pounds heavier. That said, don’t expect the American hypercar to get that close to the five-minute-flat mark.
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is bold American automaker, and they’re known for putting their money where their mouth is. For that reason alone, we can’t wait to see what the SCG 007S can do in Germany. Of course we still need 24 people to agree to buy one of these before it’ll be built. If you happen to have $2.3 million laying around, boy do we have an offer for you.