Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003 poised to shatter the Nurburgring lap record

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The Nürburgring lap record is one of the most hotly pursued accolades in the world of supercars. More than just bragging rights, posting a fast time at the “Green Hell” is a way of showing off your engineering prowess and proving that a car can handle as fast as it goes in a straight line. This is the ultimate proving ground, and it is currently held by the blisteringly fast Pagani Zonda R.

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Now, entrepreneur and car lover James Glickenhaus is taking a stab at it.  His creation, the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003, has just lapped the Nürburgring in 6m 42s, besting the Zonda R’s 6m 47s by a whooping five seconds. That’s like eons in the racing world. And a full 27 seconds quicker than the Porsche 918 Spyder.

There’s a catch though. The brand later clarified on Facebook that before being black-flagged (return to pit command) for being too loud, the car had done a lap of the Nürburgring Grand Prix course and Nordschleife (North Loop) in a combined 8:12. Calculating based on comparative length and other times, SCG asserted it would take the car 6:42 to complete the Nordschleife section alone, the portion generally referred to during Nürburgring discussions.

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What’s more, SCG says it was done with weight ballasts and restricted horsepower. With the ballasts gone and the restrictions lifted, the automaker says the road-legal SCG003S version “should kiss 6:30 on street tires.”

So what’s underneath the hood of the SCG-003 that makes it so stupefyingly fast? That depends on what the customers want. It could either be a twin-turbo 3.5-litre Honda V6, good for 600bhp, or a twin-turbo W12 of unknown provenance. Holding it all together is a carbon fibre monocoque chassis, carbon uprights and a whole lot of downforce. The SCG003 is a worthy follower to Glickenhaus’ P4/5 and P4/5 Competizione. And, at $2.5 million, it has got the price tag to match.

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If they’re actually serious about officially gunning for the record, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus might want to hurry. Radical is aiming to set a lower lap time at the German track, and Koenigsegg is too. So are, we reckon, a lot many manufacturers.