There are those legendary cars with names that monikers that cling to our memories — iconic performance machines perfectly wed to names that capture their very nature like some beautiful, poetic metaphor. The Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S is not one of those cars. Still, what’s in a name?
What the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S lacks in catchy tags, it makes up for with insane looks and performance numbers that will place it amongst the fastest cars in the world. Set to make its official international debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S promises to be one of the most impressive and expensive American hypercars ever built.
For the uninitiated, there’s an unofficial differentiation between the terms “supercar” and “hypercar.” Both are rare and expensive. Both provide elite driving experiences with the best engineering, design and materials. It’s just a matter of degree and cost.
The supercars of the world come to us from the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, etc. They’re objects of desire and available only to those of elite means with prices consistently in the low-to-mid-six figures range. In some cases, mass market automakers build a supercar as their halo build — making a car that orbits high above their other builds. For example, consider the Ford GT, the Lexus LFA or the Nissan GT-R. Regardless of their origin, supercars are still mass produced — only in much smaller runs than the majority of consumer cars.
Hypercars take a crazy step beyond supercars as their manufacturers build very small batches of four-wheeled brilliance using the finest materials and latest technology to achieve exclusive levels of on-road performance that sometimes redefine what automobiles can accomplish on this planet. For a prime European example, check out last month’s Autolust.
A true hypercar’s level of engineering comes at a cost often double of a mere supercar (or more), making them solely the potential property of the very wealthy. They do get driven, but they’ll end up in museums or on elite auction blocks around the world.
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus did not pass go on its way to forging its latest true hyper car. The SCG003S is a road-going version of the company’s SCG003C racer. The latter car won its class at the Nürburgring 24 Hours Race, one of the foremost endurance runs in the world.
Obviously, the only difference between the racing and road legal versions is the C on the end of SCG003 becomes an S. That S stands for “Stradale” (Italian for “road”). The C referred to “Competizione.” Since this is the third model Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus brought to market, hence the 003.
The American by birth, the car is hand-built in Italy by Manifattura Automobili Torino. The firm is headed by Paolo Garella, one of the minds such motoring classics as the Ferrari P4/5. Like other hypercars of its ilk, the SCG003S relies on an entirely carbon fiber chassis to reduced weight. That allows the 4.4 liter, twin turbo, mid-mounted V8 engine putting out more than 750 horsepower.
Final facts and figures will be unveiled at Geneva next year, but rumors have the SCG003S knocking down 0-60 in under three seconds en route to a top speed of 217 mph. Any of those numbers are not far off what you’ll find in the hands of Forumla 1 professionals. The Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus promises their SCG003S will be the fastest cornering car in the world due to advanced aerodynamic downforce generating more than 2 Gs through corners.
A final price for all of those statistics is still officially under wraps, but the number is sure to climb above $1 million. For the money, the wealthy buyer can build in significant personalization in each car. Individualized interior fit and finish will be built into the individual driver as they are with professional race competitors.
Images of the interior and details on its cockpit inclusions are still foggy, but a $1 million+ car will want for nothing in the bespoke luxury department. For that amount of money, a hypercar can’t be merely a super-muscled track ride. It must also have grand touring capability, and the SCG003S will not disappoint.