If you are at all familiar with the world of off-road racing, chances are you’ve heard of one James Glickenhaus. He is the head honcho over at Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, who have won their class at the SCORE Baja 1000 two years in a row with their SCG Boot. It is safe to say then that Mr. Glickenhaus is no stranger to building extreme off-road machines. He is also no stranger to calling other automotive figures out on social media, as Elon Musk can attest to. Glickenhaus continued this practice last night, doling out a challenge to the new Extreme E series, its drivers, and the GMC Hummer EV-styled Odyssey 21 XE Racer.
MC&T reported yesterday that GMC has officially joined the upcoming Extreme E series, becoming the second automaker to do so. This spec-series features the the Odyssey 21 XE off-roader, a bespoke 550 horsepower machine built to test the limits of electric vehicles. Chip Ganassi Racing has joined forces with GMC in this effort, and will campaign a car with bodywork inspired by the Hummer EV. Sara Price and Kyle LeDuc will be behind the wheel of the GMC during this inaugural season. Despite the announcement bringing a fair bit of excitement yesterday, James Glickenhaus isn’t as impressed. In fact, he’s already questioning the capability of the racers. More specifically, he doesn’t believe the Odyssey 21 XE has what it takes to head to Baja.
As such, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has officially opened up the Baja 1000 Zero Emission Challenge. Every manufacturer or racer with a zero emission vehicle is being asked to come to the Baja 1000 in 2022 to take on SCG’s upcoming Zero Emission 008. This is a clear expansion of Glickenhaus’ previous callout of Tesla, and we are all here for it. GMC isn’t SCG’s only target, as team owners and F1 Champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton were also mentioned. Those two are quite competitive, and may be willing to take on the challenge.
We don’t quite know how potent the Odyssey 21 XE is at this time. We do know however that the team at Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus knows how to win at the Baja 1000, even while facing giant corporations. For the enjoyment of all racing fans, Extreme E and SCORE should really look into making this happen. Keep calling folks out Mr. Glickenhaus, and hopefully someone will be brave enough to come face your team.