Anticipation Grows – The SCG 004S

It’s been about six months since I last posted an update on the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) 004s’ development (1st Impressions, the SCG004S). I had just had the chance to visit the new SCG factory in Danbury, Connecticut and see a couple of the 004S development mules.  I was very fortunate to have Jim Glickenhaus provide a personal tour and walk through on the 004S’s development. 

A bit of background on SCG, they have been around as a race car manufacturer and team since 2010.  The big change however came in July 2017 when SCG registered with NHTSA in order to make road-legal cars in the United States.  The SCG 004 is SCG’s second car after the multi-race winning 003.  The SCG 004S/CS is SCGs first production road car and it will met all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.  SCG has aggressive plans for a full range of road and race cars which I touched on in an earlier article “The Ambitious Plans of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus”.  SCG was on the grid at Le Mans for the first time this year with two SCG 007 in the Hypercar Class.  They finished a highly respectable 4th and 5th, missing the podium by only 2 minutes and 34 seconds.  SCG is offering a completely Le Mans race support package for $6 million, including the car.  SCG has also indicated that they will build 25 road legal 007s if there is sufficient interest.  I hope they do as a road legal 007 would be something awesome to behold.

In Jim’s words:

 

“The SCG004 has been an amazing journey.  Developing and building a fully compliant car that stayed true to its mission of an old school, yet modern sports car, with the soul of its GT3 sister was a complicated journey.  Transferring the modular assembly of the race version to the road version was very important. It allowed a platform that could be easily worked on and quickly improved. Once I began driving various prototypes, I was able to work with our team to change things that would make it exactly what I wanted it to be.  Over 40 years I have driven exotic cars about 1,000,000 miles on the road in many conditions.  Sports Cars are dreams on dream roads but what makes them special is how they react to rain, snow, one-hundred-degree days, bumpy roads and everyday driving.  Developing TC/ESC/ABS that gently helped keep the car safe without obtrusively interfering with its desired character.

Testing, tweaking, and testing again.  Her bones are great. She’s light and nimble. The nearly production finished mule is only 2600 LBS and as sports cars have gotten heavier, she stands out.  Her engine (S) has massive torque and on the road, torque is what you want. Her CS engine will have even more and her aero, which is at the limit of what road legal tires can handle really sticks the car and gives you confidence.  She’s drivable in the snow.  She’s drivable in the rain. Her heat and air conditioner work well and her embedded electrical de-mister wires are a joy with a very curved windshield.  The crash tests are almost done, high speed testing at Nardo in mid-January and finally we’ll begin building customer cars.  It’s been a long, amazing journey and looking out from her center driver’s seat, I really believe our future looks bright.”

The SCG 004S, and the more track focused SCG 004CS, will be the first fully road legal three-seater cars with a center driving position sold in the US. The SCG 004 is built around a carbon fiber tub, with all carbon fiber body panels. The SCG 004S is powered by a supercharged 650 bhp V8 supplied by GM.  The gearboxes in both the 004S and 004CS are supplied by CIMA (CIMA Gearboxes) In the 004S it’s a 6 speed manual with a larger road clutch and in the 004 CS it’s 7 speed paddle shift with an automatic clutch.  SCG believes CIMA gearboxes are the best choice for ultra-high torque applications.  The suspension on both is inboard pushrod.  The SCG 004CS, will also have an extra 200 bhp, center lock wheels and more aggressive aero.

 

SCG is now moving full speed ahead with final development and testing on the 004S.  As soon as the final crash test and the high speed testing is completed at Nardo in Q1 2022, production will be ready to start at the new Danbury factory.  Work on the electronics is almost finished and the Traction Control / ABS is an added bonus that wasn’t originally planned but got added to the development plan to meet full US DOT requirements. Meeting these requirements has been a major eight figure investment for SCG that just serves to show how committed Jim is to make it a success.  From what I understand, our SCG 004S will likely be delivered in Q2 2022. 

While I have yet to drive a SCG 004S, I have sat in one of the development mules.  There is a significant amount of both head and leg room with the fully adjustable Sabelt seat and adjustable steering column.  The central driving position feels near perfect, and visibility is excellent given the large wrap around windshield.  The large metal gated shifter is intuitively placed on the right and slightly forward.  The gearbox action felt firm and has a wonderful metal “clink” when you slot each gear.  All the controls are within easy reach and the dashboard gauges are aesthetically clean and easy to read at a glance.  The cockpit on the road cars is very light and airy with the glass roof.  The amount of room that the two passenger seats have is impressive.  Both passenger seats are mounted just behind the driver’s seat which provides extra leg and shoulder room.  There is room for a medium size duffle bag in-between the two passenger sears. The left side passenger seat can comfortable accommodate an individual up to 6’4” and on the right side on the manual gearbox versions, it’s a bit more modest by still ample.  Either side is far more comfortable than the back seats in any 2+2 I have ever sat in.  The attention to detail, even on the development mules, was very impressive.

I have heard that customer test drives will be available starting in early 2022.  I will definitely try to set one up.  A few journalists have driven the SCG 004S and reviews are starting to appear online and in different publications.  To date the reviews have been quite positive with one journalist commenting that the steering, handling, and gearbox were as good as any car he had ever driven.  I would call this highly complementary given he was driving a development mule.  Octane Magazine has a review coming out in their Jan. 2022 edition.

What has been totally different to any other car I have ever ordered is the amount of transparency Jim & Jesse Glickenhaus provide on all the other cars SCG is developing and the racing programs.  The Glickenhaus’ regularly post updates to a private message feed, on Twitter, and on Instagram.  As a “Founder” I do get information well before its public release which makes you feel like you are very much part of the development process.  It’s been a very unique experience.  The net result is that I feel much more part of the company than simply being a customer.  I can’t wait to sit down and spec our SCG 004S in early 2022.

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2 Thoughts on Anticipation Grows – The SCG 004S
    Ghini
    28 Dec 2021
     2:09pm

    Amazing passion project. So much respect for them and their Le Mans performance. It would be amazing to see more teams with their cars on track. Although I am not really a fan of the aesthetics of the car, I do find everything cool about it!

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    PFB
    28 Dec 2021
     6:42pm

    So I think this is the *only* 2020 or later Hypercar (or supercar for that matter) with manual transmission? Gated no less… Should be a blast to drive!

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