Still want one? You'd better hurry.
This year's Baja 1000 was a big deal for Ford. It returned to the hardcore off-road endurance race with its factory-built Bronco R race truck. Unfortunately for the Blue Oval, the Bronco R failed to complete the race due to a number of issues, both technical and simple bad luck. But the Bronco R not only commemorated the automaker's return to Baja but also previewed the upcoming production-spec Bronco SUV, due next year. However, the Bronco R had some direct competition in its Class 2 category: the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Baja Boot, itself a tribute to the original Steve McQueen-owned off-road racer.
SCG's creation not only managed to complete the race but doing so has generated some nice publicity which has since turned into a sales boost. James Glickenhaus himself recently confirmed to Road & Track that demand for the street-legal Boot has drastically increased.
"When we beat Ford at the Baja 1000, the next day we sold 50 percent of our 2020 productive capacity for those Glickenhaus Boots," he said. "We now have a situation where a small US-based manufacturer is growing to the point where we may sell 200 or 300 cars a year," Glickenhaus adds. "Which is not insignificant. But it's certainly a lot different than the major manufacturers. But, we have alliances. For example, we have a wonderful alliance with General Motors, who provided the engines for our Glickenhaus Boot."
That engine is a 450-hp LT4 V8 with a total of 650 horsepower. Glickenhaus is convinced his engine contract with GM is placing his company as a serious player in the low-volume carmaker market.
"Because of the alliances that we have with them, we don't have to spend enormous amounts of money to develop and build our own engines," he explained. "And also, in this regulatory environment that we're in, it's a lot easier for us to install an emissions-compliant engine from General Motors into our vehicles, and prove that it is emissions-compliant as installed, than it would be for us to start from ground zero, and design, engineer, and build engines."
Meanwhile, the road-going Ford Bronco is not expected to come powered by a V8, but rather the same EcoBoost 2.3-liter turbo-four from the Ranger pickup truck, where it makes 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the SCG Boot, this reborn Bronco will not be limited in production. Hopefully, it'll return to Baja better prepared in the future.