The lap record around the Nürburgring Nordschleife looks poised to fall once again this year, and this time the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus’ (SCG) 003 could be the new title holder – at least until the next ridiculous hypercar arrives at the Green Hell.
A newly released video shows the SCG 003C race car during its qualifying run for the Nürburgring 24 Hours. With a little extrapolation, SCG believes the vehicle would lap the Nordschleife in 6 minutes and 33 seconds. That time would crush the existing production model record of 6:43.2 by the McLaren P1 LM from earlier this year.
However, we can’t hand SCG the trophy yet. The vehicle that the firm uses here is not a street-legal production car. Plus, the Nürburgring 24 Hours layout combines the Nordschleife and Grand Prix Circuit. SCG figures in this video that the change slices off around four seconds from the accepted lap of the Green Hell, but we can't know the exact amount for sure.
Still, the feat is mighty impressive. The SCG 003C is running a balance of performance that reduces the powertrain’s output to around 500 horsepower. In contrast, the SCG 003S (Stradale) uses a 4.4-liter biturbo V8 with 800 horsepower (596 kilowatts) and 627 pound-feet (850 Newton-meters) of torque. The aerodynamics don’t appear vastly different from the competition version, either. SCG believes the bodywork produces an astounding 1,550 pounds (703 kilograms) of downforce at 155 miles per hour (249 kilometers per hour) and is capable of 2.5 lateral Gs in the corner.
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus intends to produce an initial run of just four examples of the SCG 003S for $1.8 million each. After that, company boss James Glickenhaus says he would be open to building more of them.
Videos like this and the company’s comparison between the SCG 003C, Huracán Performante, and Porsche 918 Spyder show that the firm is serious about earning a Nordschleife lap record. We look forward to seeing what happens if the road car ever gets there for a recorded run.
The lap record around the 'Ring keeps falling this year. First, the Lamborghini Huracán Performante did it in 6:52:01. The Nio EP9 then knocked the figure down to 6:45.9. The firm didn't hold the title for long because the P1 LM rocketed through the circuit in 6:43.2.
Video Source: Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus