The new hypercar class being planned for Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship has its first entry signed on. But it’s not from a major manufacturer.
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus announced that it intends to field its new SCG 007 under the new regulations. And while the final form is still subject to the settlement of the full regulations, this is pretty much what it will look like.
The specifications are also still up in the air, but Glickenhaus says several road-going examples have already been spoken for before they’re even revealed. Which might not be such a surprise if it were coming from a more established marque, but stands as quite a vote of confidence from a relative newcomer.
The Scuderia, for those unfamiliar, is the outfit founded by filmmaker, financier, and certified car nut James Glickenhaus. Having already commissioned the Ferrari P4/5 from Pininfarina and built the SCG 003 largely on its own, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus recently announced plans to build its new SCG 004 at a dedicated facility in Connecticut, making it America’s latest supercar manufacturer to join the ranks alongside the likes of SSC and Hennessey.
Now it’s confirmed that it will field the SCG 007 in the new endurance racing class being developed by the FIA and ACO (which governs the 24 Hours of Le Mans). The category is set to replace the current LMP1 class with (relatively) more affordable racers based on road-going hypercars.
Several major manufacturers have been involved in writing the new rulebook, including Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin, Ford, and Toyota. And we’re already looking forward to seeing the SCG 007 competing against competition versions of the McLaren Senna, Ford GT, Toyota GR Super Sport, and the forthcoming Aston Martin Valhalla, not to mention whatever Ferrari and possibly Koenigsegg cook up next.