Elon Musk is a controversial figure in the automotive world. He’s an unabashed maverick whose company has pushed legacy automakers in ways we never thought possible, and seems to have permanently changed the auto industry for better or worse. But Elon is also a bit of a troll at times, to put things tactfully. The South-African emerald magnate turned real life Tony Stark impersonator has had a pension for talking some smack about other automakers and their vehicles. Especially when it comes to the Tesla Cybertruck. It all appears that this has proved too much for James Glickenhaus to ignore. Thanks to an official Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Instagram page, we can all enjoy his official clap-back.
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is an American boutique manufacturer that builds a wide range of products. From the circuit-smashing 004C to the baja-bashing Boot, SCG has a clear and complete focus on performance. They also have a very vocal leader in James Glickenhaus, who himself hasn’t shied away from casting the occasional stone. He’s been quite open about his opinion on De Tomaso, and even prodded Ford for their inability to beat his team at the Baja 1000. Considering the SCG Boot has bested the all-new Ford Bronco R twice in the world’s premier off-road race, that may just be fair. In this recent Instagram post however, Glickenhaus set his sights on Musk for some of his recent misgivings.
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The CEO of the largest BEV company in the world recently called hydrogen technology and its development “mind boggling stupid,” which Glickenhaus didn’t appear to take kindly too. This is likely because SCG is considering building a hydrogen-powered Boot for the SCORE Baja 1000 in 2023. Furthermore, it appears SCG isn’t pleased with Tesla’s inability to follow-up on its promises. The post mentions Elon’s comments about the Tesla Cybertruck possibly taking on Baja, as well as the company’s lack of participation in proper endurance racing. As all good insults go, Glickenhaus challenges Musk to put his money where his mouth is, and offers to help the company accomplish these tasks.
Glickenhaus offered to get Elon in touch with the officials in charge of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, and challenged him to bring the long-awaited (like, really long) Tesla Roadster out for the next N24 race. He also noted that Elon has said that the Baja 1000 would be a great test for the Tesla Cybertruck, and challenged Tesla to try and best the hydrogen-powered SCG Boot currently in development. Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has had tremendous success in both of these forms of motorsports, of which Tesla has had none.
Whether you love him or hate him, Elon Musk is a brilliant man. He has managed to build a tremendously valuable company out of a market segment nobody thought would catch on. He also is keenly aware of the power of social media, and the short attention spans that it has helped create. Tesla hasn’t faced the same scrutiny that other companies would have for over promising and under delivering time and time again. Tesla started taking $50,000 deposits for the Roadster back in November of 2017, and no tangible updates have come since. The Cybertruck was supposed to make a cross country drive by this point, but hasn’t. With all of these empty promises left unfilled, we aren’t surprised James Glickenhaus has finally had enough.
So Tesla, just do what James Glickenhaus said: Bring It.