GLICKENHAUS SCG003 (2015)
Performance design to the extreme.
The Glickenhaus SCG003 is a limited production racing car with a custom chassis and a V6TT engine. The SCG003 was presented at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and subsequently raced in the 24 Hours Nürburgring, where it took pole position.
Jim Glickenhaus wanted to go back to the roots of the real sportscar, i.e. the track.
We knew Jim from the time he created the Ferrari P4/5, and ode to the legendary Ferrari race cars. With the SCG003 he wanted to go one step further: create his own race car. From scratch, in the same way the original sports cars were developed, i.e. on the race track. He teamed with MAT (Manufattura Automobili Torino) for the engineering and building of the car. We joined them to create the design.
WHAT WE DID
We were involved in the early stages of concept definition and responsible for the complete exterior and interior design, including the development of final math data for limited series production.
DEFINE : The Technical concept was defined by MAT and Jim Glickenhaus. We collaborated during this phase to guide the project towards good and performing proportions.
DESIGN: Beauty and function are one, closely united in their goal to create an extreme and enduring performance. The overall LMP inspired shape is defined by aerodynamic volumes that are shrink-wrapped around the essentials of the car: the cabin, the engine and the 4 wheels. This approach creates a very permeable design that reduces air resistance to a minimum. The creases on the fenders are another example of this ‘performance design’: they convey muscularity in the side view but don’t interfere with frontal air resistance. The final result is a design that creates both outside and inside a rare combination of the sometimes brutal honesty and efficiency we know from race cars, with the attention to coherence, proportion and care for detail that is normally reserved only for streetcars.
The interior design is a natural evolution of the race car requirements. All the ergonomics and the screen layout have been tested extensively by the race pilots. To this layout we added a essential volumes and bespoke upholstery that add comfort and protection, while keeping intact the sense of lightness and essence that is typical for the race-bred car.
DEVELOP: We developed the final surface data for the exterior and interior, integrating all the technical and legal requirements needed to produce the car. We also created all the imaging for the communication as well as the design for the showstand at Geneva.
During the 2017 Geneva Motorshow MAT launched the SCG003S, designed by granstudio. For the 'Stradale' version of the SCG003C race car, we updated the design to fit the different drivetrain, and integrated detailed aerodynamic know how that was developed during the many races that SCG has done. The close resemblance of the Stradale to the Race version reveals again the true essence of the SCG003 project: a race car that was designed from the outset to be road legal.
Developing cars on the race track, especially for endurance racing, remains pushes performance design and the development of new technologies to the limit. The knowledge that is gained with that is then valuable for every vehicle, as performance is essential to be efficient and sustainable.
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