For Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG), racing at Le Mans has been part of the plan since it began its campaign at the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring in 2011. But while its SCG 003 is a triple N24 finisher that's also spawned an "absurdly great" track-focused road car, SCG founder Jim Glickenhaus never had the budget, nor the FIA's approval to make the move into LMP1. However, the rules are changing for 2020/2021, and SCG has come up with a plan in light of those developments.
SCG is a tiny company that always seems to have one too many projects on its workbench. But don't forget, the SCG 003C went from a 35th-place finish at the Nurburgring 24 to coming home 19th in just three years, while the SCG 003S is road-legal all around the world, and it's being built in numbers as we speak.
SCG's "volume" car, the 004, and its Baja-conquering brother, the 005 Boot is scheduled for next year, while its recently announced 1960s throwback sports car, the front-engined 006 is paired with the LMP1-style racing car, the 007 for 2020/2021. The question is: can all this be done, given SCG's limited resources and rather tight timing?
Well, Jim Glickenhaus certainly believes so. Announcing the SCG 007, he said:
This is for America. For Briggs [Cunningham], Carroll [Shelby] and Jim Hall. For all of us. SCG will operate at cost for this program and will fund it no matter what even if it's just one car racing against the World. SCG 007 LMP1. We are offering a limited run of 25 road legal versions and 1 race version besides ours. All profits to go to funding our Le Mans Program. Price TBD around $1 million. It's been 50 years since a car built in America finished First Overall at Le Mans. We aim to change that.
While that sounds like a nearly impossible task, one thing is for sure. SCG's dedication, the SCG 003's build quality and performance, have told us a a great deal about how seriously we should take this upstart. And the answer is very seriously.