Glickenhaus aims to be the first US manufacturer to win Le Mans in over 50 years.
It's an exciting time for endurance racing fans. Next year marks the start of the new Le Mans hypercar class that will allow manufacturers to enter prototype racing cars based on road-going production cars. Aston Martin will enter a special racing version of the Valkyrie, while Toyota is developing a race car based on the GR Super Sport Concept that debuted at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon. Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus will also compete in the new class with its new 007 Hypercar Prototype.
The goal? To become the first American manufacturer to win Le Mans in more than 50 years since the Ford GT40 raced to victory in 1969.
Last month, Glickenhaus gave us a glimpse of the hypercar's striking rear end, but now the final design has been revealed in a series of renders released by the US manufacturer. The design looks very Ferrari-esque with its sloped front-end and distinctive side air intakes, while the rear features raised fins incorporating slim LED light strips, a large diffuser, and dual exhaust pipes. Glickenhaus has previously said the rear design is inspired by the quirky Alfa Romeo B.A.T concept cars designed by Bertone in the 1950s.
As for technical specifications, Glickenhaus has confirmed the 007 hypercar will pack a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, but the supplier is unknown. This unit will send 650 horsepower to the rear wheels while a KERS unit will send 150 hp to the front axle. The red and white racing livery resembles Alfa Romeo race cars from the 1970s, so it seems possible that the Italian automaker could be the supplier for the powertrain.
The good news is that SCG's new hypercar won't be restricted to the racetrack, either. Under the regulations of the new hypercar class, manufacturers need to sell at least 20 road-legal models over two years, which means we can look forward to a road-going production version, too. We can't wait to see Glickenhaus and Aston Martin battle it out on the track.