It would be easy not to take Jim Glickenhaus very seriously. He’s a multi-millionaire former director of Hollywood schlock horror movies.
I’ve been to one of his movies before – a vigilante gore-fest called The Exterminator which I saw as a kid to win a bet I ended up really rather wishing I’d lost.
Glickenhaus is describing to me the ways his multi-million-euro hypercar is somehow better than those made by McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche. Meanwhile, I’m wondering how I’ll squeeze a credible news story from this, let alone the feature you’re now reading.
The only reason I’m here at all is that his previous creation, the Pininfarina-designed, Ferrari Enzo-based P4/5, was good enough to come 12th in the 2012 Nürburgring 24 Hours in the hands of Nicola Larini, a former works Ferrari F1 driver. So at least the man has some form.
But then a couple of things happen. The first is I listen to what he’s saying and it’s clear he’s rather more than a rich financier wishing to lord his wealth in the automotive arena. He knows what he is talking about and his collection of cars, including a fabulous Ferrari 412P and an original 7.0-litre Ford MkIV that came fourth at Le Mans in 1967, is impeccable.
Then Gordon Murray comes in for a quick chat. As he leaves, I ask what he thinks of the all-carbonfibre car. “I love it,” he says. “It’s really interesting, a car based on prototype architecture and aero that you can drive to the track. It’s a completely contemporary take on how racing cars and racing used to be.” And when the notoriously hard-to-please designer of the McLaren F1 takes something seriously, you should too.
The car, the SCG 003 (the third project of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus), is a road and race car that conforms to GT3 rules, even though the need to produce 1000 road examples means homologation for this class of sports car racing is not on the cards.