Hypercar Maker Creates Epic Racing Offroader

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And it's set to run in the Baja 1000 later this year.

Last week we brought you news that Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, the low-volume supercar manufacturer based in upstate New York, has an ambitious plan for 2019, with several new models slated to start production. One of these new vehicles will be the off-road Boot model, which SCG will be building five of in 2019. While we previously reported that two of these will take part in the 2019 Baja 1000 desert rally, we now have a more detailed update on their involvement in this competition.

All five SCG Boots will line up for the Baja 1000, which is scheduled to take place between November 19 and 24 later this year. Inspired by the 1960s Baja Boot, a custom off-road racer crafted by hot rod specialist Vic Hickey and driven by actor and gearhead Steve McQueen, the modern SCG-remake will compete in a class designated for street-legal SUVs, despite being a far more purpose-built racer than something like the Jeep Wrangler.

SCG’s founder, movie director James Glickenhaus, owns one of the two original Boots, which will compete alongside the new version at the 2019 Baja 1000.

SCG also has other plans for the Boot in 2019. Should a customer request it, SCG will also enter the Boot into the Dakar Rally, which now runs in South America instead of the original Paris, France to Dakar, Senegal route. SCG also wants to set a new world record for high-altitude driving by taking the Boot to the top of Ojos del Salado, a 22,615-foot volcano situated in the Andes Mountains. Currently, the record is held by a 1986 Suzuki Samurai, which managed to reach 21,942 feet of elevation on the same volcano.

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The SCG Boot will be produced in California starting later this year, and will cost $250,000 for the two-door model and $275,000 if you want two extra doors. Co-developed with Armada Engineering, who build trophy trucks and other off-road racers, the Boot will be propelled by a 5.0-liter V8. We can’t wait to see what it can do in the epic Baja 1000 rally this November.

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