James Glickenhaus Wants A Nurburgring Lap Record Competition

James Glickenhaus wants to put an end too controversial Nürburgring lap times by creating a sanctioned competition at the famed German circuit to discover what is the fastest street-legal car around ‘Green Hell’.

At the Geneva Motor Show, Glickenhaus told Car&Driver that he wants to hold the competition immediately after qualifying at the Nürburgring 24 Hours from 2018 onwards. He proposes that carmakers will have to drive their vehicles from Cologne to the Nürburgring on a single set of tires and then use those tires during a flying lap.

“They have to be real road tires, not those special tires that get dropped off in a safe. They have to be tires you can buy from [a place like] Tire Rack. Then everybody drives and sets a time, and whoever is fastest is the winner. That’s it.”

Glickenhaus says that he has yet to receive approval from Nürburgring authorities about his proposal but is serious about making it happen and dubbing it the Glickenhaus Road Cup.

“They don’t even know about it yet. They’re reading about it in the press and they’re going to be [saying], ‘F—king Jim, what the hell is he doing?’ But I’m serious. I’m going to make this happen. I can’t get it together for this year. My idea is to have them yell and scream, ‘How can you say you’re going to do that? You’re an idiot and an asshole, and we hate you.’ Then they’ll get over that, and we’ll come back and race at the Nürburgring for next year. We’re going to do it.”

Perhaps the driving factory behind the proposal is Glickenhaus’ belief that his road-going SCG003S will be able to lap the circuit in just 6 minutes and 30 seconds, almost half a minute faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder.

While Glickenhaus seems confident this could be the solution to lap records, we have a difficult time imagining any automakers would be willing to participate purely out of fear that they’d be beaten by rivals. With that being said, we hope it happens.


  • Six_Tymes

    hope they pull it off. it is an amazing car.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Finally! Someone who wants to put their money where their mouth is!


    • LWOAP


  • JimmyK

    Unfortunately for carmakers benefit this is not going to happen.Sadly…

  • Dinyar Master

    isn’t his car just a badge engineered Ferrari?

    • Nope. We designed, engineered and built it from the ground up. It’s Chassis, subframes, body are all CF. It’s suspention and all mechanicals are unique and designed and engineered by us. It’s engine began as a BMW M6/GT3 and was also developed by us to 800HP and 850NM of Torque. When Ferrari does show up at The Ring to race we beat them soundly. Around the NS our road version will be a LOT faster than any road Ferrari existent.

      • SetNick

        Thank you for pushing the envelope. Your vehicles are beautiful sir.

  • Vassilis

    Great idea!

  • gadgety

    Great idea. Should have different classes of cars, too. Not only pick the tires off the rack but also the cars so they are not specially prepared by factory electronics wizars, turbo pressure raised etc. Of course, with the segment Glickenhaus represents, there are not really any cars off the rack… they’re all specially prepared.

  • SetNick

    This guy has the greatest ideas. Looking forward to seeing this event in the next couple of years.

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