Glickenhaus Le Mans Hypercar to use Pipo Moteurs powertrain

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has teamed up with Pipo Moteurs, a French company who specialise in race engines, to make and develop the engine for the American automaker’s Le Mans Hypercar.

Founder of SCG, Jim Glickenhaus, confirmed that his non-hybrid 007 Le Mans Hypercar will enter the FIA Endurance Championship in 2021 utilising a twin-turbo V8 engine.

Pip Moteurs will be providing this tailored powertrain whilst the SCG 007 will be developed by Glickenhaus themselves, and Italian form Podium Advanced Technologies.

Pipo Moteurs is famously known for designing, developing, and manufacturing four-cylinder rally powertrains. The twin-turbo V8 engine will be derived from a composition of two four-cylinder powertrains.

Iconic cars in which the firm has created powertrains for include the Ford Focus WRC, Hyundai i20 WRC and the Peugeot 206 WRC.

Glickenhaus told sportscar365 that the proposal will be to “build two of their WRC, put them in a common block with a flat-plane crank, and we would have a V8 that can make 870 hp.”

Twin-turbo V6 Alfa Romeo powertrains were an original idea during the testing but Aston Martin’s 1160 hp Valkyrie needed to be accommodated so WEC increased the minimal output requirement above the original target set by WEC – 750 hp.

Earlier this year, AMR withdrew from the Le Mans Hypercar programme following the announcement of their F1 intentions in 2021, under the investment of Laurence Stroll into Aston Martin and the current Racing Point F1 Team.

“When Aston came in and demanded that the horsepower went up, it was not possible to make the power out of the Alfa Romeo twin-turbo V6 because it was based on a road car engine,” Glickenhaus said to Sportscar365.

They have expressed their efforts to complete as much work as possible under the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the official debut next year.