Glickenhaus Wants To Win Le Mans With Wild Hydrogen Racer

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This liquid hydrogen racer will be just the start for Glickenhaus Zero.

After beating the Ford Bronco R at the 2019 and 2020 Baja 1000 endurance race with the Glickenhaus Boot, James Glickenhaus wants to build a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered version of the Boot and has recently challenged Elon Musk to a race at the Baja 1000 against the Tesla Cybertruck to prove that hydrogen is superior to battery EVs.

But the FCEV Boot isn't a one-off venture. James Glickenhaus has now announced that Glickenhaus Zero, a new sister company to Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) that will "design, engineer, build and race zero-emission road and race vehicles," has started operations. According to Glickenhaus, the fuel-cell Boot pickup truck is still on track to race the Baja 1000 in 2022, but there are other targets for the new spin-off - primarily Le Mans.

Around the same time as the announcement of Glickenhaus Zero, the company took to Instagram to share the details of its next project, a work-in-progress design of an all-new Le Mans Hypercar using liquid cryogenic hydrogen fuel. According to Glickenhaus, the new racer, which appears to be based on the SCG 007, will use combustion of sorts to convert the liquid hydrogen into water and electricity, enough to potentially propel the new machine to a Le Mans victory. The bold claim is made that not only will it be capable of refueling in 30 seconds, with stint lengths comparable to current Le Mans Hypercar racers, but it will sound a lot better than electric racers - something Toyota recently proved with a hydrogen-powered Corolla racecar.

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If everything goes according to plan, the liquid cryogenic fueled ICE Le Mans Hypercar will be ready to race in 2023 just in time for the planned new hydrogen Le Mans Hypercar class starting in 2024. In this category, the Glickenhaus machine will face stiff competition. Ferrari is currently developing a new racecar that will compete in the new LMH class in 2023 that could be based on the SF90 Stradale, while other manufacturers looking to compete in the new category include Toyota and Aston Martin.

Time will tell if the production liquid cryogenic-fueled ICE Le Mans Hypercar enters production or is even allowed to race, but you can't fault Glickenhaus's lofty racing ambitions.


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