Sometimes, the smallest companies really do have the brightest ideas.
The obsession with driving range has grown substantially as electric vehicles have become more popular. That's why the Mini Cooper SE is a hard sell with its range of under 150 miles and why the Lucid Air made such a splash when it became the first EV with a range of over 500 miles.
But rather than these incremental improvements of an extra 30 or so miles here and there, what about an alternatively-powered supercar with a 2,800-mile range? James Glickenhaus, the boss of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG), has just shared an intriguing post on Facebook that implies his team is cooking up something truly special.
His post is of what's been called the SCG 009 Concept, a hydrogen fuel-cell supercar with enough range to travel from New York to Los Angeles, a distance of approximately 2,800 miles. The post didn't say much more than that, besides the line that "one's grasp should always exceed one's reach."
If the 009 Concept were to attain such a range, well, it'd be out of reach of pretty much every other vehicle on the planet. Hydrogen-powered vehicles are rare, with one of the most obvious examples being the updated Toyota Mirai which manages a range of just over 400 miles. Glickenhaus' post comes just days after he responded to Elon Musk's criticism of hydrogen vehicles.
SCG hopes to produce a hydrogen-powered version of its Boot, a road-legal rally racer that already conquered the Bronco R race truck at the Baja 1000 off-road endurance race, so the 009 Concept isn't the first time that SCG has expressed an interest in hydrogen-powered vehicles.
In terms of design, the 009 Concept is an intriguing mix of old and new. There are shades of Lamborghini Countach in the low-slung profile, but a full-width LED strip in front is a sign that this is no 1970s supercar. Then again, models like the SCG 006 demonstrate the company's penchant for retro designs. Clearly, though, a range of nearly 3,000 miles hints at a powertrain that looks to the future, not the past.