SCG $2.2m WE SAY: DEEP POCKETS? LIKE A TRACKDAY? LOOK NO FURTHER...
‘Racecar for the road’ gets bandied around a lot. But this is the real deal. It’s the SCG003S – a new road-legal American hypercar that bears the DNA of an N24 endurance racer.
The brainchild of Jim Glickenhaus (you can read more about him on p110), it’s designed to go toe-to-toe with limited-run hypercar ateliers like Koenigsegg and Pagani, but demolish the established big boys of McLaren and Ferrari with circuit-crushing performance.
That ‘S’ at the end of that barcode of a name stands for Stradale – a softened-off road-legal variant of the ‘C’ (Competizione) that took pole at the N24 in 2015 but shares the same carbonfibre monocoque chassis and LMP2 levels of aerodynamic downforce.
Powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 from a BMW M6 racer, 750bhp and over 590lb ft of torque is sent to the rear wheels via a 7spd single-clutch gearbox. Then there are double wishbone pushrods with adjustable dampers, carbon Brembo brakes, and speed. Lots of speed.
Capable of 0–60mph in less than 2.9secs, a 217mph top speed, more than 2g of mechanical grip, and 850kg of downforce at 155mph, it’s got a ’Ring laptime of 6:30 in it, apparently.
But, amazingly, the 003S does not drive like a racecar. It doesn’t stutter or noisily galumph like an N24 racer. It’s soft and manageable. Admittedly, there’s 400kg of sound deadening and softness (rubber mountings instead of rose-jointed, etc) to make it more compliant compared with its racing sibling, but throwing it down a road, the S has a fluidity to it. However, bury your right foot and the car gains a whole new character.
Lower in the rev range, the car floats on the torque, but if you commit it wakes up and comes in with a wave of fury. It becomes loud, visceral and things get blurry very quickly. It’s addictive.
At $2.2m it’s expensive. But Pagani charges £15m for a 20-year-old car (Zonda Barchetta) making this race-derived, proven chassis look a bargain. And, with only two or three made a year, you’ll have one of the rarest and most capable road cars you can track.