Though the Glickenhaus SCG003C resembles more of a GT-style machine and competes in GT categories, it corners, performs, and is built quite a lot like an LMP1 machine. The carbon monocoque was built to be as small and light as possible while affording the occupants a reasonable amount of space. The onboard suspension frees up a good deal of room for sizable wheels and tires, and despite the focused design ethos, it possesses some distinctive looks—somewhat like an Enzo crossed with a Radical.
The interior is appropriately space-age, and looks much more like that of a spaceship than anything that could ever drive down the boulevard. Driving functions are centralized on the steering wheel. The dash has three screens: two for the rearview mirrors and one for the key information. The center console right hosts most of the secondary functions. All indications are painted in photo luminescent dye, like an LMP.
It also boasts a Honda 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 making 490 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque under the Balance of Power restrictions. It even has the Hewland sequential six-speed transmission. Yet, for all its perks, its defining trait is unquestionably downforce.
As evidenced by the dorsal fin, the louvers running alongside the rear clamshell, the wing mirrors sculpted to divert turbulent air away from the rear wing, and the mile-wide diffuser, this car is designed to generate aerodynamic grip. With an aerodynamic efficiency in excess of three, a tiny frontal area, and over 2,200 pounds of downforce, it can corner at roughly 2.5 G while running quickly on the straights.
Since its driver has complete trust in the car and its cornering grip, he can commit to some corners with staggering speed. Note the confidence he has in the car through Schwedenkreuz at 1:09. Not only does the car possess frightening cornering speed, but it remains settled and composed over the bumps—a hard combination to attain. That combination of compliance and stability at speed give our man the confidence to charge into a blind corner and mount the curbing at 1:33. However, that much cornering speed on a narrow track filled with backmarkers presents its own unique challenges.
The multi-class VLN races this car competes in means a number of slower cars—often referred epithetically as “moving chicanes”—provide this driver with plenty to think about. In fact, some might argue that such a speed differential is dangerous and asking for an incident, but it doesn’t seem to daunt our man. Note the way he scythes through the slower cars at 2:08, 2:37, and especially 2:45; showing perfect judgement in closing speeds and threading the needle through some very tight gaps. GT racing might occasionally get criticized for favoring money over talent, but it’s clear that this man is earning every bit of his paycheck.