Matt Robinson 3 months ago 38

Here's James Glickenhaus' Solution To Unverified Nurburgring Laps

With unverified Norschleife times emerging from manufacturers left right and centre, Glickenhaus reckons a "Road Cup" is the answer

Remind me later

Whatever your thoughts on the Huracan Performante’s Nurburgring lap time - which Lamborghini has now backed up with GPS data - questions about its legitimacy raise an important issue. And the issue is until these laps can be independently verified, we’re forced to take the manufacturer’s word for it.

The trouble with that is the level of chicanery that goes on. Who can forget when Nissan clocked an amazing time with the GT-R Nismo, only for it to emerge it was far from production spec? Then we have Lotus, who proudly boasted of a 7min 6sec time for its 3-11 sports car, while quietly admitting it was created by adding together sector times. Something has to be done, and James Glickenhaus reckons he has a solution.

Speaking to Autocar, the American businessman behind the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 003 proposed a “Road Cup” to determine the true fastest road car at the Green Hell.

His idea is to tack this event onto the Nürburgring 24 Hour endurance race, giving manufacturers an officially sanctioned shot at Nordschleife glory. Cars would have to drive from Cologne to the circuit and then complete the lap, all on the same set of tyres. The problem? He hasn’t actually approached any Nurburgring officials. “They’re reading about it in the press…they’re going to be like ‘what the hell is Jim doing?’” He said. Even if he can convince them, it wouldn’t happen until next year’s race.

Whether it’s through some kind of “Road Cup” or through the ‘old fashioned’ unverified means, the road-going version of the Glickenhaus SCG 003 - the 003C (above) - stands a good chance of bettering the Huracan Performante. The race version can do a 6min 20sec lap of the Norschleife, so even when hamstrung with road tyres, the 003C with its extra 300bhp should still produce a monstrously fast time.