While most of the automotive world is fawning over the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, James Glickenhaus doesn’t seem all that impressed with the new Ferrari plug-in hybrid supercar.
Taking to Facebook, Glickenhaus took aim at Ferrari’s assertion that the new mid-engine supercar can complete a lap of the Nurburgring on full power, saying that the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004CS can operate for full power at the Nurburgring for a full 24 Hours.
Glickenhaus went on to add that the new plug-in hybrid/KERS 007 hypercar being developed by his company will have around 1000 hp and also be able to operate for 24 Hours at Le Mans at full power.
Here’s what he wrote:
“Ferrari proudly boasts that their new plug in hybrid can operate at full power for one lap at The Ring at full power of about 950HP weighing about 3400 LBS. Our 004CS non hybrid can operate at full power of about 850HP, weighing about 2500 lbs for 24 hours at The Ring. Our SCG LMP1 plug in hybrid/KERS will be able to operate at full power of about 1000 HP, weighing about 2500 LBS for 24 hours at Le Mans…”
Here's a crazy difference. Ferrari proudly boasts that their new plug in hybrid can operate at full power for one lap…
While these statements may be true, it’s important to point out that Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has yet to run its upcoming 004CS at the Nurburgring for a full 24 hours so it doesn’t actually know if the car is robust enough to operate on full power for so long. Additionally, it’s a little unfair to compare the powertrain of a race-focused (but road-legal) car without any form of electrification with one which is focused on road use and is a plug-in hybrid. The SF90 will likely also be made in the hundreds of units for four to five years, while just a handful of 004CS models are said to be coming to production.
As for the upcoming SCG 007 which the manufacturer intends on racing in the new hypercar class at Le Mans, it doesn’t yet exist and hasn’t had its plug-in hybrid powertrain tested at Le Mans for 24 hours without fault. If SCG does develop a hybrid system which operates on full power all the time over a period of 24 hours of racing, we’ll be very impressed but are yet to see it.
With all this being said, it’s good to see some competition in the world of high-end supercars, particularly since many thought these cars would die out years ago.