In order for automakers to sell vehicles in the United States, even in small quantities, there are some regulatory tests that need to be undertaken. For a boutique automaker, the most expensive and stressful of these is of course crash testing. When you’re selling only a small number of very expensive machines, these tests can have a serious strain on the financial side of the business, particularly if the run of cars aren’t already all spoken for. Combine this with the possibility of not passing with acceptable ratings, and the whole process has to be nerve-wracking. Well the folks over at Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus just got to experience this whole ordeal with the SCG 004S. Thanks to one Larry Kosilla, we get to see what happened to the $460,000 supercar as a result of the crash test.
Crash Testing A Supercar: SCG 004S
Crash testing has been a part of the auto industry for several decades at this point, with GM performing the first barrier crash test back in 1934. Since then, we’ve seen governments across the globe adopt and develop new standards for vehicle safety, which is certainly a positive thing. That said, it is easier for GM to smash up a Suburban than it is for a company like Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus to test one of their projects. Only 25 SCG 004S supercars are slated for production, with each ringing in at just under half a million bucks. You have to pay to play ball, however.
<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/YTItxw2pxo0″ title=”YouTube video player” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe>
Luckily for all of us, we get to watch the footage of this supercar crash test thanks to the AMMO NYC YouTube channel. Kosilla was tasked with trying out a few different detailing methods on the SCG 004S before it met its demise, as the ill-fated test mule left room for some experimentation. And while the team at AMMO NYC got the car looking great, the same can’t be said about the wall the supercar met later on. For those who are mechanically sympathetic, be warned that the video is pretty tough. The actual crash takes place at about 14:58 mark of the video, at which point Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus’ supercar is dragged into a wall by some cables. Things don’t look great, but the car did pass the tests according to the automaker.
After the supercar crash test was finished, the SCG 004S was disassembled by the automaker to study how the car held up. Interestingly enough, things look way better than what the footage would suggest. The carbon fiber structure of the car looks unharmed, while the front end suffered only repairable damage. The automaker also noted that they were able to undergo all of the required testing with this single mule, which means only one SCG 004S needs to meet a wall on purpose. Whether or not other examples of the boutique supercar find their way into immovable objects will be left up to their respective owners. Here’s to hoping that isn’t something we hear about in the future.