We designed James Glickenhaus's new road/racing project in collaboration with Paolo Garella. It's a completely new car with a custom chassis and a V6TT engine. The SCG003C (Competizione) was presented at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and subsequently raced in the 24 Hours Nürburgring. The SCG003S (Stradale) was presented at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
In one way ore another, design and engineering can never be fully separated. But never has this been more the case than with the SCG003. 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. We see this clearly in the central volume that starts as a pointy and penetrating nose, swells around the cabin and then contracts again to enclose the engine and reach in one fluent aerodynamic movement the end of the car. 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 sideview 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. Not by coincidence, the SCG003 feels at home both on the track and the street.
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 used on the road too.
The styling is an intense synergy between aesthetics and function, between design and engineering, and was only possible due to the very close collaboration with the engineering team. While the overall design is dramatic and involving, at the same time it is essential an minimal: there are no lines or design features that are not closely related to the function and aerodynamic performance of the car. The exposed hinges for example allowed to make the cabin more compact and aerodynamically more efficient, while the volumes of the car are schrink wrapped around it's essentials: wheel, engine and occupants. More than being a styling exercise that is in search for immediate impact, it is a project that reveals the beauty that lies within true performance.
The interior design is a natural evolution of the race car interior. 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.
Check the article published in Auto&Design magazine.