Keep in mind our Ford GT Heritage article from final week, the place we talked about the 2006 version to be a celebration livery of the traditional Ford GT40 that managed to win the grueling 24 of Le Mans race not as soon as, however 4 instances in a row between 1966 and 1969 … sadly that may mark the final time a automotive made within the USA received the French endurance race.
However all that could be altering for the 2021 version of the 24h of Le Mans, Glickenhaus Racing already has a automotive on the check observe, referred to as the SCG 007 LMH, they usually intend to enter two of those new era hypercars into essentially the most well-known endurance race in Europe … and issues get even higher, Glickenhaus additionally has at the very least one buyer put in an order for an SCG 007 LMH too, so we could be seeing three or extra of those automobiles battle it out on the Circuit de la Sarthe in June this 12 months.
The SCG 007 LMH is powered by a 3.5-Liter, twin-turbo V8 engine, and what’s actually superb is the actual fact they solely began this new engine for the primary time in early February, and just a few weeks later it’s fitted onto the primary SCG 007 chassis, and pushed on the well-known Vallelunga observe in Italy for preliminary testing and fine-tuning.
Each Romain Dumas and Franck Mailleux took stints on the Vallelunga observe to organize the brand new SCG 007 LMH to be entered into the 2021 FIA Endurance Championship, nevertheless it appears they must go on the primary race of the season on April 4: the eight Hours of Portimao in Portugal. In line with Dailysportscar, Glickenhaus will most likely not have the ability to get the SCG 007 LMH homologated in time for Portugal as they’ll’t get the required 30-hour test-run accomplished earlier than April 4, and this can be a last requirement for homologation to compete, and the worst half in that is … it isn’t even as a result of automobiles not being prepared, however as a result of present regulation due to COVID-19, it’s inconceivable to get the required events collectively in time.
However Jim Glickenhaus made it abundantly clear when he said: “there will probably be two SCG 007 LMH automobiles at first of the 24h of Le Mans on June 12, no query about that”
The primary chassis that carried out the preliminary shake-down testing in Vallelunga after Podium Superior Applied sciences developed and assembled the automotive at its facility in Italy will bear additional high-speed testing on the Monza observe over the subsequent days, and the second SCG 007 LMH is already being constructed at the moment, Glickenhaus intends to have their second automotive prepared for testing at Vallelunga by mid-March.
If all goes nicely we’ll be seeing at the very least two automobiles entered by Glickenhaus Racing, and probably a 3rd one from a non-public social gathering, into the 2021 version of the 24h of Le Mans, the place these SCG 007 LMH will compete towards the brand new hybrid LMH from Toyota, the V8 powered A480 from Alpine … it received’t be till 2023 earlier than Ferrari joins the LMH ranks with their entry.
And one of the best is but to come back … as a part of the homologation course of, Glickenhaus must construct a street-going model of this SCG 007 too, and rumor has it, the SCG 007 Stradale, with an analogous powertrain to the racecar, will probably be accessible quickly too, listed at a $2,100,000 base worth … I for one can’t wait to see a type of drive up at a neighborhood Vehicles and Espresso occasion.