Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Wants to Send Its Badass Race Buggy to the Baja 1000

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In 2010, supercar builder Jim Glickenhaus of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus bought Steve McQueen’s Hurst Baja Boot race buggy at a Pebble Beach auction. Since then, the company has created modern, high-performance homages and will enter at least two of them in the upcoming Baja 1000 later this year.

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The SCG Boot will have an all-terrain platform. SCG submitted completed engineering studies for approval for road use in both the U.S. and UK, Petrolicious reports. It’s also locked in agreements with the companies that will make the 5.0-liter V8, switchable two- and four-wheel drive, automatic transmission, HVAC systems and 20-inch travel suspension system.

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The Boot will be available in either a three-seat, two-door version ($250,000) or a five-seat, four-door version ($275,000).

The images we have right now are renderings, but they still look badass. An SGC spokesperson noted that the company has started cutting suspension and chassis pieces for the first prototypes. Body molds are being made soon and the first prototypes should be testing by April or May.

The point of all this, according to SGC, is to make a street-legal SUV that can tackle something huge and daunting like the Baja 1000 and then drive home comfortably afterwards. For the race, the automaker plans to enter one factory model and one customer model at minimum.

It’s also called on Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz to race the Urus, Cullinan and G-Wagen in the stock SUV class with the Boot. Shots fired! We’ll see who rolls up to the starting line in November.

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It’s also called on Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz to race the Urus, Cullinan and G-Wagen in the stock SUV class with the Boot.

I love this guy’s way of thinking, and would love to see an Urus crash out in the first mile, but it does seem intellectually dishonest to compare an on-road comfort/sporty/luxury SUV crossover thingy (what is an Urus supposed to be, anyway??) against what’s essentially an off-road race truck that happens to be street legal. I can certainly tell you which one I’d rather drive on an actual road, as well as which one I’d rather drive off-road. They’re polar opposites.

Unless he’s just raging against the existence of vehicles such as the Urus and Cullinan, in which case I can get down with that. Let’s throw the Macan, Cayenne, and BMW X line and Mercedes G line in as well, especially that ugly squatting-dog “coupe” monstrosity.