James Glickenhaus Has A Solution To Dubious Nurburgring Lap Times


Glickenhaus is proposing a new "Road Cup" at the Nurburgring for manufacturers to set production car lap times.

Like many, automaker and avid car collector James Glickenhaus, the man behind the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 003 supercar, is skeptical about the Lamborghini Huracan Performante’s recent record-setting lap time at the Nurburgring. Not only does he believe the SCG 003 could beat the previous record holder, the Porsche 918, by 30 seconds and thus crush the Huracan Performante’s 6:52 time, he wants to put an end to unverified Nurburgring lap times altogether.

Speaking to Autocar at Geneva, he’s proposing a “Road Cup” competition at the Nurburgring Nordschliefe to determine which production car is the fastest around the grueling 12.7-mile circuit. The problem is, unless lap times can be independently verified we have to trust manufacturers when they declare a time. In some cases, cars that have set blistering lap times in the past haven't been production-spec. In some cases, manufacturers have cheekily combined sector times from different laps. Glickenhaus reckons his “Road Cup” would solve this by incorporating the competition into the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race.

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The twist is that road-legal cars would need to drive from Cologne in Germany to the Nurburgring and then set a lap time using the same tires. It’s an interesting idea - but it's an idea that Nurburgring authorities haven’t agreed to yet. “They’re reading about it in the press,” he told Autocar at the Geneva show, “they’re going to be like 'what the hell is Jim doing?'” If he does manage to convince them, it won’t happen until next year. He’s also still insisting that the road-legal version of his SCG 003, which is limited to just three customer cars that cost £1.8 million each, will be the fastest car around the Green Hell. “We know its [race] sister can do a 6:20 lap,” he said.

“It did that with 580hp, 100kg more downforce and half a g more lateral cornering ability. But this car weighs the same, has 300bhp and 250lb-ft more. On race tires it would be faster than the race car, but on road tires it will be about 30sec per lap slower, so around a 6:40. That’s as fast as anyone’s going to go.” Even the slower lap time with road tires would be an impressive feat, since a 6:40 would be around 12 seconds faster than the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Hopefully it won't be long until Glickenhaus's theory can be put to the test out on the track.

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