There's real racing pedigree going into this one.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of our favorite motorsport events of all, not just because it represents the pinnacle of motorsport performance, but because, aside from the main LMP classes, the competitors are taking part in adaptations of cars you can buy and drive on the street. It's been the birthplace of legends like the Ford GT, both in 1966 and in 2016, and in the coming years, we'll see the rules overhauled so that those in the top categories must once again field homologated cars - meaning there will be road cars, even if they are extremely limited in numbers.
One such entrant will be Glickenhaus, which has already given us a look at the hypercar it wishes to field in the event, the SCG 007, which will rival the Aston Martin Valkyrie. While the hypercar was slated to be powered by a 640-horsepower twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine, this has now changed and we now know what will power the racing version, as Glickenhaus has partnered with Pipo Moteurs for the Le Mans challenger.
Pipo Moteurs is a French engine manufacturer specializing in racing engines since 1973. The engine builder will be designing and manufacturing a completely bespoke twin-turbo V8 engine for the Glickenhaus 007C that will enable it to compete in the new LMP-Hypercar class of the WEC series next year against the likes of the Valkyrie and Toyota's challenger, the GR Super Sport.
While details of the engine are yet to be divulged, the partnership is one entered into with the intention of winning. Jim Glickenhaus, SCG team owner, made it clear that they have been "looking for a partner who was as avidly questing for the ultimate Le Mans win as we are. Pipo Moteurs share the same hunger, as their winning track record over the last decades unmistakably proves."
Pipo has produced engines that have won in all facets of motorsports, ranging from rallies to GT racing, both sprint and endurance formats, and both on- and off-road. Excited to be on board with SCG, Frederic Barozier, GM of Pipo Moteurs, claims, "Way before the agreement was even shaped, we started to work on the new V8 architecture flat out, as we knew it would be a winning venture."
While the V6 engine option originally planned may well still make it into a future roadgoing car, with the new homologation rules, road-going cars will be powered by the Pipo V8 and are likely to fetch an expected price of around 2 million Euros apiece ($2.153 million at the time of this writing).