In April 2019, we put down a deposit on a Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004S. At the time the SCG 004 (Decision Time 004S) was not much more than a CAD render but with over 7,500 hours of engineering design and simulations behind it. Last week all that work came to fruition and the SCG 004 is now a running prototype and has just completed a full shakedown at the Cremona Circuit in Northern Italy. In the meantime, SCG also build the Boot, an all-terrain mid-engine vehicle racing vehicle that won its class at the Baja 1000, beating Ford. Not bad for a micro manufacturer out of Connecticut. As a reference on how impressive the progress has been, we put done a deposit on an Aston-Martin Red Bull Valhalla one month before the SCG 004 in March 2019. The only update I received in the balance of 2019, other than the choice of name, were some CAD images related to work on the aero in December. We have since pulled the deposit on the AM-RB Valhalla for reasons that should be apparent to anyone who has followed the recent financial drama at Aston-Martin.
First deliveries of the SCG 004 are scheduled to start this summer and all thirty 2020 build slots are long sold out. Prior to the road cars being turned over to their anxious owners, the racing version SCG 004C will compete in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in May. The racing version of the 004, the SCG 004C, is built to GT3 specs and once SCG has sold 200 road cars, the SCG 004C will be allowed to compete in the GT3 class. I’m not sure how many 004’s in total SCG is planning on building but would like to see them declare a cap on the production run as it will both drive interest and support values long term, especially in today’s oversaturated Supercar market (Too Much of a Good Thing).
What has been totally different to any other car I have ever ordered is the amount of transparency Jim & Jesse Glickenhaus provide on the SCG 004’s development on a daily basis. There is a private message feed that all of us who have placed orders have access to. The Glickenhaus’ regularly post updates and provide information to us well before its public release. The message feed is a fascinating learning process as different components of the car come together, are tested, improved upon, and discussed (Building the 1st SCG 004). What is also remarkable is how the Glickenhaus’ are open to feedback from the “Founding” customers. I can’t imagine Ferrari ever asking or being open to feedback on the dashboard, cockpit layout, suspension set up, etc. During the recent shakedown test of the SCG 004C in Northern Italy, we received updates after every stint on what was both working really well and what changes to the set up were being made to improve performance. Based on what I saw from the initial laps, grip, downforce, and low-end torque are all strengths. As a depositor and future owner, this sort of transparency builds an enormous amount of confidence that you have both made the right buying decision and will be getting a very special car that will likely exceed expectations.
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