McLaren F1 Designer Gordon Murray Praises The SCG003

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Gordon Murray and the SCG003

Gordon Murray and the SCG003

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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, maker of the road-going race car that is the SCG003, can now count among its many fans none other than McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray. The notoriously hard-to-please road and race car designer has previously described the current crop of hybrid supercars as being more a technical exercise than pure driver’s cars, even going so far as to call them “hybrid monsters”, but when it comes to the SCG003 he’s got nothing but praise.

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“I love it—it’s really interesting, a car based on prototype architecture and aero that you can drive to the track,” he replied to Autocar when asked what he thought about the SCG003. “It’s a completely contemporary take on how racing cars and racing used to be.”

It’s not at all surprising Murray is a fan of the SCG003 as it is just the type of car he would design himself if he set out to create a modern successor to the F1. It was in an interview last year with Goodwood Road & Racing that Murray said the ethos of the hybrid supercars was completely different to that of the original F1, with his preference being a lightweight, pure driver’s car fitted with the latest chassis, braking and tire technologies, which is exactly what Glickenhaus and his team at Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus have done with the SCG003.

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And one only needs to look at the SCG003’s on-track performance to understand Murray’s thinking. The car will likely smash the 6:57 Nürburgring lap time set by the Porsche 918 Spyder, the current record for production cars, despite having roughly a third less power, no fancy electric drive systems and only rear-wheel drive.

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