Glickenhaus wants to enter a hydrogen-powered version of the Boot in the 2023 Baja 1000.
Inspired by the original Baja Boot famously driven by Steve McQueen, the Glickenhaus Boot off-roader has earned a stellar reputation after making its competition debut at the 2019 Baja 1,000. Unlike the Ford Bronco R, the Glickenhaus Boot successfully completed the challenging off-road endurance race, winning the class 2 championship. It even beat the Ford Bronco R in last year's Baja 1000 after rolling over.
Last month, James Glickenhaus challenged Elon Musk to race the Cybertruck at the Baja 1000 after Musk branded hydrogen fuel cells as "mind-bogglingly stupid."
To prove Musk wrong, Glickenhaus is planning to build a hydrogen-powered version of the Boot.
Previewed in rudimentary renders and design sketches on social media, Glickenhaus claims the hydrogen-powered Boot will have a "VERY nice range" of 1,000 miles and be capable of refuelling in five minutes anywhere in the world, giving it a huge advantage over battery-electric vehicles that take longer to recharge. By contrast, the regular Baja Boot is powered by a LT4 6.2-liter V8 producing up to 650 hp. Not only will the new Boot be powered by hydrogen fuel cells, but it will also evolve into a pickup truck with a longer wheelbase than the standard buggy.
Codenamed the SCG 010 Zero, the hydrogen-powered pickup will have a 12,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Horsepower and torque ratings haven't been revealed, however.
Glickenhaus plans to enter the SCG 010 Zero into the Baja 1000 in 2023 and is confident the hydrogen variant of the Boot can finish the 1,000-mile race without stopping to refuel. We'll have to wait and see if Musk accepts the challenge and goes head-to-head with Glickenhaus using the Cybertruck. However, the current range-topping Tesla Cybertruck has a range of over 500 miles, so it would need to stop to recharge at least once during the off-road race.