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.
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.