The Le Mans Hypercar from Glickenhaus Racing will be the second to race in the new era – here is a technical profile of their 007 LMH.
At the dawn of the Hypercar era, three main outfits would be the first to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s new premier category.
Most notably, there is a new name on the block and are already bringing in the momentum with special partners, a talented roster of drivers, and the WEC’s second pure Le Mans Hypercar. They are Glickenhaus Racing.
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Powertrain and drivetrain
The SCG 007 LMH uses a 3.5l V8 twin-turbo petrol engine by Pipo Moteurs, who are renowned for making Hyundai WRC engines. In this case, they have taken two of them to create an engine from scratch.
Its output sits at around 670hp but is relative to the BoP regulations but will vary from race-to-race thanks to the BoP in the Hypercar category.
For it’s Portimão debut, it will run at 697 hp against the two Toyotas and the Alpine.
This powertrain is their first structural engine meaning that it is screwed onto the monocoque, supporting the gearbox, and works to supports the suspension.
As the image below shows, the engine is (mid) mounted longitudinally.
It allows for a more rigid infrastructure, less flex, and a more refined package as a result.
This power is distributed through an XTrac seven-speed sequential gearbox with drive going to the rear wheels.
During dyno testing, the durability has been maximised as up to 1400 hp was healthily produced marking the Pipo-Moteurs as a highly capable engine. The 30-hour test at Motorland Aragon was deemed a success with little-to-no mechanical issues along the way.
In comparison to Toyota GAZOO Racing’s hybrid propulsion, the power curve is smooth and enhanced by the twin-turbos.
Aerodynamics and dimensions
Podium Advanced Technologies of Italy are largely responsible for creating the carbon fibre composite monocoque chassis of the 007 LMH.
The suspension is comprised of double-wishbones with push-road actuated springs and dampers at each of the four corners.
|SCG 007 LMH Dimensions (yet to be further confirmed)|
|Weight (but variable to the BoP!)||1,050 kg|
For its Portimão debut race, it will run with the minimum 1030 kg weight.
Another of their partners, Sauber, have taken responsibility for the aerodynamics of the car with a carbon fibre composite body shell that has been worked from Sauber’s wind tunnel facility. The car then entered its five year homologation period after these finalisations.
Various images taken of their Le Mans Hypercar shows an overall profile which is similar to the Toyota GR010 Hybrid in that it is low and wide – but this similarity is more to do with the visual Hypercar identity.
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However, there are clear specifics that make it a Glickenhaus.
The front profile features a smooth, undisturbed surface with long LED headlights that sits above two horizontal ducts for extra cooling.
Another notable element is the adjustable rear wing which features vertical strakes theoretically enhancing high speed stability.
The end-plates either side complete the look of the tapered rear end.
There are various other bits of aero such as the rear-diffuser complex in addition to cooling ducts at the front and rear wheels – primarily for the brakes. As the standard in the WEC’s premier classes, it is Michelin tyre rubber which SCG 007 LMH sits on.
The GR010 Hybrid is comprised of a different rear wing with no rakes and a different form of attachment to the car as it lacks the 007 LMH’s shark-fin that extends to the rear.
Another differentiation is the double roof-scoop on the SCG 007 LMH, whilst the Toyota utilises a single, wider scoop to feed oncoming air into the engine.
The design livery and appearance
Following on from the aerodynamics, the design is simple and iconic with a hint of retro.
Red has been USA’s racing colour since 1905 thus Glickenhaus have followed suit to the red of older American-run Ferraris and even to fit beside the paintjob of the SCG 004C GT3 car.
The livery is a component example that an attractive design does not need an excessive palette of colours, instead ones that represent the brand and the country’s history in motorsport.
The physical appearance has been inspired greatly by the Ferrari 512S that raced numerously at Le Mans in the 1970s – in particular, the North American Racing team colours.
Even the use of white and red on the SCG 007 LMH harks back to the classic Ferrari, giving into the Italian-flared design language of all of SCG’s supercars.
Over a year ago, Jim Glickenhaus’ Le Mans dream began with announcing their powertrain supplier and a number of rendered drawings. Now this is a reality where he is racing in the world’s most premier endurance motorsport championship and is preparing to fight for the overall Le Mans 24 Hours victory.
The last WEC novice to the top category was Nissan in 2015, and the LMP1-H costs simply made their troubles a project killer. The entry of a bespoke American outfit like Glickenhaus into this championship is already a drastic raise thanks to the more cost-attractive environment of Hypercar.
The SCG 007 LMH, the championship’s second Le Mans Hypercar, will debut at the 8 Hours of Portimão as a beginning of a new chapter for Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus.