If you are a fan of off-road racing, chances are that you’ve heard of the SCG Boot. Last November, the super SUV took home the Class 2 Division crown in the world’s most intense off-road event: the Baja 1000. Not only did they win their class, but the company drove the race truck to and from the event as if they were popping down to the store. That’s quite an impressive feat, especially when you consider Ford’s Bronco R didn’t even finish the race. Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus doesn’t appear to be done tweaking the production version of the Boot however, after teasing a new powertrain on Instagram.
According to the post made by the company, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is interested in offering the supercharged LT5 V8 as a powertrain option. The engine is best known for powering the C7 Corvette ZR1, where it made a blistering 755 horsepower and 715 ft-lb of torque. One might think that those figures are sufficient for off-roading, but SCG would disagree. Instead the manufacturer suggested that their LT5 V8 engines would make 840 horsepower and 775 ft-lb of torque.
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We had a great weekend at Monticello Motor Club with our new Connecticut Dealer HK Motorcars which is directly across the street from our Danbury Factory. We delivered our first customer 004 GTC (SPX/GT3 @ 600 HP) and brought our Baja 1000 Factory pre runner and offered rides on the MMC off-road course. Roger Garbow from The Drive and Larry Kosilla from AMMO were there and drove our Boot a lot. Both of them took a lot of photos and video which they will soon be putting out. Potential customers loved the Boot and The 004 and HK made several sales. We really believe that when people see our Boot and 004 in person and test drive them they will become Glickenhaus customers. We are seriously thinking about offering our Boots with LT5’s (840HP 1050NM) which will make them the highest Super SUV’s available. As always first signed contract first available build slot.
The SCG Boot and its chromoly chassis are not strangers to high-power V8 engines. The production version of the SUV comes as standard with a 460 horsepower LT1 V8, while the 650 horsepower LT4 V8 was used in the race truck and is an optional extra. That said, a near 850 horsepower engine would certainly solidify the SUV’s place among the craziest vehicles out there.
That said, the Boot is already in a class of its own when it comes to off-roaders. It has a Baja-proven chassis, a four-wheel independent suspension with 22-inches of travel, 37-inch rubber, and removable composite body panels. SCG has genuinely built something unlike anything else with a 17-digit VIN, though that capability does come with a price. The base price for a two-door SCG Boot starts at $258,750, with customer options taking it up from there. While the company hasn’t specified how much an LT5 V8-powered Boot would cost, they did mention that the first contract guarantees the first build slot.