Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is working on a new project, which is far removed from the firm’s SCG003 hypercar or forthcoming sports car.
The latest creation is a utilitarian buggy, dubbed the Boot which will be available in a four-door ‘Expedition’ version and as a two-door model, referred on Facebook to as “Steve” for an unexplained reason.
To display the vehicle’s off-road capability, SCG will pilot the the Boot Expedition up the 6 893m tall Ojos del Salado volcano in the Andes Mountains, which will be a world record for high-altitude driving. The current record was set on 21 April 2007, by Gonzalo Bravo G. and Eduardo Canales Moya from Chile on the same volcano and stands at 6 688m, 205m lower than what SCG will attempt.
A mid-mounted, naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 linked to an automatic gearbox is what SGC plan to use, however the vehicle is still a work in progress and specifications may change. “We could do manual but the demand is almost non existent. Even on 004S the firm manual orders are a lot less than paddles. My 004S will be manual,” Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus commented on Facebook.
Inspired by off-road racers, like the ones at Baja and the Dakar Rally, the company’s engineers aim give the vehicle an impressive 50.8cm of wheel travel. To this end, the front fenders sit higher than the rest of the bonnet, pushing the headlights almost to the base of the A-pillar.
A large, roof-mounted snorkel directs air to the engine, and the exhausts sit above the rear fenders. The vehicle should have impressive wading capability because water level would need to rather high to get sucked into the V8.
SCG expects the off-roader to carry a base price around $100 000 (around R1.2-million), making the buggy the least expensive vehicle that it sells. Deliveries in the US are expected in 2019 or 2020.