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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Ends Hypercar Program After Three Seasons

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and its cowboy-hatted financier and workforce boss Jim Glickenhaus have confirmed that the workforce has no intention of submitting an entry to the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2024 season. Regardless of having competed within the Hypercar class since its inception in 2021, ending down the order to an rising variety of factory-backed efforts mixed with a failure to seek out severe sponsorship conspired to place the workforce out to pasture. The deadline for a bid to race subsequent yr is November twentieth, however Jim says he doesn’t want to attend that lengthy, confirming to Motorsport immediately.

“Discovering the mandatory sponsorship isn’t sensible,” he stated. “No, we received’t be getting into—it doesn’t make sense for us.” Glickenhaus asserted.

“To be aggressive we’d have to do an evo model of the automotive and to run two of them. That’s not viable for a privateer: the one approach we might do it might be with sponsorship or if a buyer needed to run a program with our automotive.”

“We’ve got a sure capability [to build road cars] and now we have gross sales as much as that quantity, however even when we might construct extra, racing within the WEC isn’t going to assist us promote them. For our little firm competing within the WEC simply doesn’t make sense.”

Glickenhaus hopes to give attention to constructing his road-going machines sooner or later, together with its 003 and 004 sports activities automobiles, and the fashionable Baja Boot. It appears Jim has soured on racing nowadays, as at one level the workforce was engaged on homologating a GT3 automotive, operating the 004 on the ‘Ring, racing in Baja, and operating the WEC concurrently. As of this second none of those tasks are nonetheless alive, although he does trace {that a} return to the Nürburgring 24 goes to come back within the subsequent few years.

When the FIA WEC modified over to Hypercar guidelines, Glickenhaus was the one workforce to compete towards Toyota and a grandfathered-in Alpine LMP1. The automotive didn’t conform to the letter of the rulebook, because it by no means included a hybrid drive system. Consequently the workforce tried to get the FIA to reign within the pace of the Toyotas, and for essentially the most half the lobbying labored. In 2022 the workforce was in rivalry for the victory at Monza when a turbocharger failure scuppered that chance (beneath).

FULL RACE | 2022 6 Hours of Monza | FIA WEC

Sadly for the workforce, it was by no means fairly as nicely funded because the competing manufacturing facility groups. The workforce arrived late to the present, not having its automotive prepared for Spa-Francorchamps in 2021. Additional funding points pushed the workforce to skip out on a number of rounds of the championship through the years, failing to attend the Bahrain double-header in 2021, and the Bahrain and Fuji rounds in 2022 and ’23.

It’ll be good to see the workforce competing once more in a decrease system the place the cash outlay isn’t fairly so heavy. Perhaps the SCG 004 can discover a place in GT3 if they’ll get it homologated, or within the SPX class on the N24 once more. At one level in 2022 Glickenhaus stated he’d wish to see the 004 run in GT3 at Le Mans. I’d additionally wish to see this.

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