Glickenhaus' Road-Legal SCG 003 To Be Sold In The U.S. As A Kit Car

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The road-going Scuderia Glickenhaus SCG 003 will be sold solely as a kit car in the United States, the company has confirmed.

During an exclusive test drive of the model, Road & Track learnt from James Glickenhaus that by being sold as a kit car, the vehicle will by exempt from the country's strict airbag and crash-test standards. However, the SCG 003 won't be like any other kit car before it.

For starters, it truly will be a race car for the road. In fact, Glickenhaus' plan for the model includes three distinct variations. The first is dubbed the SCG 003C, 'Competizione', and has already been raced at the Nurburgring. The family then includes the 003CS, 'Competizione Stradale', which will be capable of competing at the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring while still being street legal when the engine is swapped out.

Last but not least will be the 003S, 'Stradale', set to adopt a tweaked exterior with less aero and a more usable interior.

To receive approval for use on streets in the U.S., road-going 003s will be fitted with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 built by Manifattura Automobili Torino. It will deliver around 800 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque and be mated to the same Cima 7-speed paddle-shift transmission which Koenigsegg uses for its cars.

If the owner then wants to enter the car into a race like the 24 Hours of Dayona, a pit crew will swap out the V8 for a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and install a couple of racing seats. From there, an owner can race for 24 hours, re-install the road-legal V8 and in theory, drive home.

The cost of all this? About $1.3 million if Glickenhaus can find at least 10 buyers.

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