Consensus is that automobiles should be loaded to the gills with passive safety systems – especially airbags – to reduce injuries in the event of a crash. But Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has another idea in mind: to engineer a supercar that can still pass the safety standards without any airbags. We’re seeing it happen in real time with the ongoing results of the SCG 004S crash test. As you can see from the video below, SCG implemented a clever way to work safety into an airbag-free design, which as the steering wheel giving way into the dashboard, absorbing impact in the process.
SCG 004S Crash Test: Details
Seeing a car crash into a barrier is never easy when you think about the price tag that comes with the car. But, especially when that car is an exotic carbon-fiber supercar built by a smaller company where crash testing can quickly rack up some considerable financial loss, nevertheless, it needs to be done. SCG recently shared footage of one of the crash tests on its Facebook page, and while they don’t specify the vehicle involved, it looks like the road-going SCG 004S three-seater. Afterward, a photo was posted on the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Facebook page, which showcases the car hanging upside down, testing to see if there were any fluid leaks after the crash. There were none.
In the post, they mention that the car was engineered without any airbags, which means the boutique automaker is certainly doing it in hard mode when it comes to passing these tests. Glickhaus also hared that there are two more major crash tests to undergo and pass for the SCG 004S, but each one is a significant stepping stone towards future production.
It’s certainly been a long time running since the SCG 004S was first unveiled back in November of 2017, and we didn’t see much testing of it until last year. The standard SCG 004S carries a price tag of $460,000 USD, and comes with a 650 hp supercharged LT4 V8, while the SCG 004CS returns a wicked 850 hp from an LT5 V8, and asks $598,000 USD before options such as a Track Day Package and exposed carbon fiber panels. All SCG production vehicles are built out of Danbury, Connecticut.