By: Warren Gray
Copyright © 2022
“We sell the finest supercars in the world. Here’s what they have to say
about us: ‘The speeds this thing can hit are immense, which is what happens
when you have a car that weighs around 2,700 pounds and has about
700 horsepower…And at 160 mph, it feels like it’s just starting to pull.’”
— Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus web site, 2022.
Just introduced in late October 2022, the Glickenhaus 008 Fast-Response, Military Vehicle is a fascinating, concept car for the automotive enthusiast. Built by Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) of Sleepy Hollow, New York, it also features military technology. It’s based upon SCG’s modern, high-performance, off-road, two-seater, Baja Boot platform. It’s an all-terrain vehicle glowingly described by Car and Driver Magazine: “From an entertainment point of view, it’s one of the best cars we’ve ever driven.”
Like the Baja Boot, the sleek, Glickenhaus 008 concept vehicle is equipped with a General Motors LT4 V8 (C7 Corvette/Camaro), Eaton-supercharged, 650-horsepower engine, the most powerful, production engine ever offered in any GM vehicle, mated to a 4L80E automatic transmission. It’s a mid-engine, fiberglass-body package, with 17-inch, Method Race MR305 Double Black off-road, performance wheels and 37-inch (39-inch optional), B.F. Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 off-road tires.
The basic, Glickenhaus 008 model is actually a bone-stock, kit car, normally sold without the engine. The SCG website specifically states, “The 008 Package is not a car. The package contains all (necessary) components…but does NOT contain an engine, gearbox, or wheels and tires…The package will come with assembly instructions to help you build the components into a rolling chassis. You must choose your own engine and install the engine yourself…registered for road use in the U.S. as a ‘home-built’ vehicle.” The price of this basic package is $99,995.
Glickenhaus says, “Transforming a pile of parts into a car with your own hands, a few tools, and some friends is an incredible adventure. Driving down the road or at the Baja, in a vehicle you built yourself is a riot!”
However, like their fully equipped, Baja Boot off-road vehicle, costing the tidy sum of $278,000 before any options, the Glickenhaus 008 Fast-Response, Military Vehicle concept car appears to be available for a custom order. We know that the Boot and 008 models come standard with six-way-adjustable, red Sabelt or NRG racing seats, leather-trimmed interior with AEM digital, touchscreen, instrument display with GPS navigation, NRG steering wheel, Wilwood brakes, calipers, and rotors, Eibach coil springs, underbody skid plates, and a 30-gallon fuel cell.
The Fast-Response, Military Vehicle (probably in the $350k range) is painted matte green, with super-bright, LED lights, an off-road light bar, and a front winch. Depending upon customer specifications, bulletproof glass and armored panels may be an option.
The Glickenhaus 008 Fast-Response, Military Vehicle concept car shown above is depicted with a notional, roof-mounted, remote-control (RC) cannon, which closely resembles the new, British-made, AEI Systems, Ltd., Venom LR (Low-Recoil), 30mm cannon. But the stainless-steel barrel in the photos is too thin, and the twin recoil buffers are missing, so this appears to be a representative, RC weapon, simply to display the military character of this off-road supercar! Glickenhaus has also revealed that they have fire-department and law-enforcement versions expected to follow behind this amazing vehicle in the near future. While it remains to be seen if there are any actual orders, this is an exceptional technology demonstrator for ultra-modern, fast-attack vehicles!
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Warren Gray is a retired, U.S. Air Force intelligence officer with experience in joint special operations and counterterrorism. He served in Europe and the Middle East, earned Air Force and Navy parachutist wings, four college degrees, and was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Intelligence Operations Specialist Course, and the USAF Combat Targeting School. He is currently a published author, historian, sports car enthusiast, and hunter. You may visit his web site at: warrengray54.vistaprintdigital.com.