Lightening-fast Le Mans-inspired coupe is a dream come true for car collector Jim Glickenhaus

Ronan Glon
Digital Trends

Every car enthusiast has dreamed of starting a brand from scratch at least once, but few have the time, the skills, and the funds to move forward with the project. American car collector Jim Glickenhaus has all three, and he has just released preliminary details about the first street-legal sports car to wear his name.

The model is called SCG003S, and it’s essentially a toned-down version of the SCG003C. The “S” stands for Stradale, which indicates it’s designed for public roads, while the “C” denotes Competizione, which means it’s a track-only model. Both variants of the SCG003 feature a highly aerodynamic design characterized by a low nose, a wraparound windshield, a central fin, and a large wing out back. The look is openly inspired by the cars that race in the LMP1 category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

SCG003S
SCG003S

The SCG003S can almost keep up with a LMP1 racer, too. While the SCG003C is powered by a V6 engine borrowed from the Honda parts bin, the street-legal model is equipped with a 4.4-liter V8 engine that’s tuned to provide 750 horsepower. That’s enough grunt to send the coupe from zero to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds, and on to a top speed of 217 mph. Notably, it can pull 2Gs through corners, according to Motor1.

The engine is mounted behind the passenger compartment. It sends its power to the rear wheels, but transmission options haven’t been confirmed yet. Similarly, we don’t know how much the SCG003S weighs, though it should be remarkably light because it’s made out of carbon fiber.

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“It’s a culmination of a long-held dream to finally see our amazing race car born again as a road car,” Glickenhaus said.

The SCG003S will make its public debut during next year’s edition of the Geneva Auto Show. Production will kick off next summer in Turin, Italy, and Glickenhaus points out the coupe will be a low-volume model manufactured entirely by hand. Pricing information has not been revealed yet, but it goes without saying that it won’t be cheap.