Glickenhaus confirms WEC hypercar entry
The World Endurance Championship has received its first confirmed entry for the 2020/2021 season, when new ‘hypercar’ based regulations will come into effect.
The entry has come from Glickenhaus, a boutique supercar and race car producer that has, since its creation in 2014, blurred the lines between road and race cars. The outfit has confirmed that Glickenhaus Racing would not only be running in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but would also be contesting the full WEC season under the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus banner.
The entry is the first that has been confirmed since the ACO and the WEC publically announced the switch to hypercar-based regulations at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, although the new rules had been exclusively revealed to industry insiders at the World Motorsport Symposium in November 2017. The new rules are set to prioritise manufacturers’ designs, based on their hypercar offerings over aerodynamics, and generate most of their downforce from the underbody of the car.
Accompanying the announcement from Glickenhaus was a statement that read “It has been over 50 years since a car made in America has won First Overall at Le Mans. We have been working for 50 years to change that,” along with some concept images of the car it seeks to campaign in the WEC, the SCG 007. Details of the new hypercar are scant, although to compete it will have to feature a hybrid system, additionally, the company also noted that 25 road going versions of the Le Mans racer would also be made. The cars will be built at the outfit’s race shop in Turin and will likely utilise a GM internal combustion unit, with the exact nature of the hybrid system to be confirmed at a later date.