Because sometimes, two heads are better than one.
We were enthralled when news that Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, the automaker responsible for annoying Ferrari by turning an Enzo into a Ferrari P 4/5 by Pininfarina, and Apollo, formerly known as Gumpert, had formed a partnership. The two companies are working together and out of the deal, Apollo gets to use the chassis of the SCG003 for its Arrow. We picked up the phone to chat with SCG founder James Glickenhaus to see what his company gets in return.
The chassis in question is the one that underpins three SCG003 models including the track only C, street-tuned S, and the barely legal CS race car. By giving SCG an unnamed but supposedly substantial amount of money, Apollo will gain access to both the modular chassis and SCG's Italian manufacturing partner, Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) to produce two versions of the Apollo, a V12-powered race going version and a road car that borrows the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 from the 003S. The striking design and luxurious interior of the Arrow will be the result of Apollo's efforts, but the engineering, chassis, and aerodynamic work will be SCG's workload.
Out of the partnership, Glickenhaus hopes that, given the two companies' similar status as low-volume street legal race car manufacturers, the two can work together on new supercars. "I'm not sure where it could lead in the future but I'm very optimistic that it could be a very good partnership resulting in high levels of production, future vehicles, and an evolution of models we have now," said Glickenhaus. The partnership was not one that was a long time in the making, meaning that Apollo had to work around the clock to make "significant" modifications to the Arrow concept we saw at Geneva to get it ready for the SCG chassis and evolve it into a production car that's acceptable for the modern day.
We'd love to see what the revised Apollo Arrow looks like as well as what types of supercar could spawn from two high-performance car companies collaborating. For the lucky millionaires on the fence about buying one of these two track monsters in order to be unique at the car show, keep in mind that the partnership adds more options to the lineup. "If we have a customer who wanted an SCG003S with the V12 from the Arrow, we could provide it," said Glickenhaus. This would add a large displacement option to the 3.5-liter Honda V6 in the 003C and the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, which we suspect is a modified BMW S63 engine, to the mix. We can't wait to see the fruits of the partnership.