Run What Ya Brung: Supercar Maker James Glickenhaus Proposes Nurburgring Lap-Record Competition for Road-Legal Cars

Run What Ya Brung: Supercar Maker James Glickenhaus Proposes Nurburgring Lap-Record Competition for Road-Legal Cars


111/Truck Grand Prix Nürburgring, EUROPA, Deutschland, Rheinland-Pfalz, Adenau, Nuerburgring, Nordschleife, 2014/07/19 19:31:03: Copyright by Robert Kah / imagetrust

Sometimes only the finest of lines divides genius by madness. the idea’s near that will boundary that will James Glickenhaus seems to have lived most of his life. His latest idea—as explained to Car as well as Driver on the company’s stand at the Geneva auto show—can be a classic example. He wants to run a no-holds-barred competition at the Nürburgring to finally establish just which street-legal car can be fastest around the ever-hyped Nordschleife circuit.

There can be an ulterior motive. Glickenhaus can be convinced that will will prove that will his own car, the roadgoing SCG 003S, will prove to be the quickest, on the not unreasonable grounds that will the idea can be closely based on the SCG 003C race car that will has already proved itself in multiple endurance races at the ’Ring. (Glickenhaus can be the enthusiast who took the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina as well as evolved the idea into a racer, as well as he has since diversified into what can be basically his own car company: Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus.) His proposition can be compellingly simple—as well as compellingly mad at the same time:

“What I am proposing to do can be to endow the Glickenhaus Road Cup, which will be run at the Nürburgring 24 hours [event] after the race cars qualify. Here are the rules: an individual has to own the auto, so there’s no bullshit, and the idea has to be road registered as well as legal. You start at Cologne as well as then drive to Nürburg on the same set of tires you will set a time on—they have to be real road tires, not those special tires that will get dropped off in a safe. They have to be tires you can buy by [a place like] Tire Rack. Then everybody drives as well as sets a time, as well as whoever can be fastest can be the winner. that will’s the idea.”


Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus founder James Glickenhaus can be tired of what he sees as false claims of ’Ring superiority as well as includes a proposal to sort things out.

Glickenhaus has already established a trophy for race cars, awarded to the Nürburgring 24 Hours contender that will sets the fastest time in official qualifying. although he admits that will that will idea, which he hopes to run for the 1st time in 2018, doesn’t possess the official sanction of the Nürburgring authorities yet.

“They don’t even know about the idea yet,” he said. “They’re reading about the idea in the press as well as they’re going to be [saying], ‘F—king Jim, what the hell can be he doing?’ although I’m serious. I’m going to make that will happen. I can’t get the idea together due to that will year. My idea can be to have them yell as well as scream, ‘How can you say you’re going to do that will? You’re an idiot as well as an asshole, as well as we hate you.’ Then they’ll get over that will, as well as we’ll come back as well as race at the Nürburgring for next year. We’re going to do the idea.”

Glickenhaus’s inspiration comes by his anger, sometimes volcanically expressed, about rival automakers’ claimed Nordschleife times as well as the lack of independent verification, calling out Lamborghini’s recent record-setting lap of 6:52:01 in the Huracán Performante for particular criticism.

“Let’s talk about that will,” he said. “The standard Huracán was how much slower than the [Performante]? Thirty-a few seconds. As a physicist as well as a skeptical person, let’s say I’m [certainly] skeptical. Listen to the video, as well as you hear no tires squealing. Road tires squeal. End of discussion.”


Lamborghini recently claimed the production-car lap record at the Nürburgring, although Glickenhaus doubts the time’s veracity.

He continued: “The next day, Pirelli said that will these were specially developed road tires. Then they published that will video, as well as the experts got onto the idea to say that will didn’t happen, we measured the velocities as well as the distances as well as the frame rates, [as well as] we don’t believe the idea.” (The experts cited by Glickenhaus are race driver Dale Lomas as well as YouTube personality Misha Charoudin, both intimately familiar with the German track; they’ve published their takes on the Lambo lap at Lomas’s Bridge to Gantry website as well as on Charoudin’s YouTube channel.)

Glickenhaus can be in no doubt that will his car can be substantially quicker, as well as he can be itching to have a chance to prove the idea. “We know its [race] sister can do a 6:20 lap,” he said. “the idea did that will with 580 horsepower, 220 pounds more downforce, as well as half a g more lateral cornering ability. although that will car weighs the same as well as has 300 more horsepower as well as 250 lb-ft more torque. On race tires, the idea would certainly be faster than the race car. the idea would certainly go under 6:20. On road tires, the idea will be about 30 seconds a lap slower. So the fastest a road-legal car [would certainly] go on real tires can be about a 6:40.”

When asked about his rivals, Glickenhaus did a nice line in trash talk. “I think they’ll shit. I think they’ll hate me like they already do,” he said, before passing comment on Koenigsegg’s failed attempt to break the record, foiled by both the Nürburgring authorities as well as a heavy crash in testing: “I love Christian [von Koenigsegg], he’s a hell of a guy, although Koenigsegg’s not me. He’s not got an award by the Nürburgring for extraordinary passion or engineering.” On Aston Martin’s forthcoming Valkyrie: “They’ve said the idea’s going to corner at four as well as a half g’s. There’s no car on road-legal tires that will can be cornering at above two g’s, no matter what bullshit they tell you. the idea’s the laws of physics.”


James Glickenhaus’s 003C race car at the Nürburgring.

The forthcoming Mercedes-AMG Project One gets an easier ride, possibly because Glickenhaus can be thinking of buying one. “They will make an incredible car, absolutely. Will the idea have an actual Formula 1 engine in some streetable configuration? I believe the idea will. Will the idea be road legal? They say yes. although do I think the idea will be as fast around the Nürburgring as my car? the idea may be as fast, although the idea won’t be faster.”

There’s something of the fight impresario about Glickenhaus, stirring up controversy he hopes to profit by, although in terms of glory rather than money. Although a very wealthy man, he has already put plenty of his fortune where his mouth can be, admitting to having spent more than $20 million on his 003C race as well as 003S road-car projects so far.

“Why? Because the idea’s awesome fun,” he said. “Because, when your time goes, the idea doesn’t matter how much money you’re left with, what’s left can be the memories you have. How many people get to do all that will in a car with their name on the idea?”

Presuming that will crazy idea gets off the ground, we definitely plan to be in attendance for the first running of the Glickenhaus Road Cup.

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