When the ACO and the FIA published regulations to establish a new top class of endurance racing, SCG saw a magical opportunity. We could build a beautiful sports car to race in the top class of the WEC and at Le Mans.
The sleek and highly competitive Hypercars would usher in a new era in motorsports, where small manufacturers like SCG would be able to fight the big guys for an overall win on La Sarthe circuit.
We have brought together a world class team to rise to this challenge who are top veterans of F1 and LMP1 racing. We started with a blank sheet of paper and our design team lead by Michael Young and Jim Glickenhaus created the design.
Given the track record of successes achieved together over the last decade, with eight seasons of 24 hour racing, eight 24 Hour finishes including five First in Class, one Second in Class, and one Third in Class, it is no surprise that SCG decided to partner with Podium Advanced Technologies in this adventure, entrusting them with the task of designing the new car.
SCG and Podium have brought together internal resources and world-class partners. The engineering process is well underway, with preliminary wind tunnel analysis complete and an extensive wind tunnel testing campaign starting this month. We plan on completing the engineering by June, assembling the subsystems in July, building the car in August, and by this September the Glickenhaus 007 will hit the track for her first shakedown.
Today there are four confirmed manufacturers enrolled for the new big challenge in motorsport: Toyota, Aston Martin, ByKolles, and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and we look forward to competing against some of the strongest teams in the world.
Jim is looking forward to standing in the pits in Le Mans in the rain all through the night, enjoying the thrill and leading his new team to contend for the most prestigious win in motorsports.
Luca Ciancetti – Team Principal
Luca holds a MSc degree in Automotive Engineering and a PhD in Mechatronics from Politecnico di Torino. He has an extensive experience in both racing and road vehicles design and development, as well as managing race teams in various series.
His collaboration with SCG started in 2011 as battery design leader on P4/5C, race engineer on 003C in 2015, until he took over the role of technical director of 003C program.
Today Luca is serving as chief engineer for the 004 program, team principle for Nürburgring VLN and 24H season, team principle for the ‘20/’21 WEC Hypercar program, working side by side with Jim and Jesse.
In Podium Advanced Technologies Luca is the Head of both the Automotive Engineering and Motorsport Business Lines, and is leading the team who took up the challenge to race in the top class at Le Mans 2021.
Matteo Cavedoni – Team Manager
Matteo has 25 years of experience in motorsport. In his career he has covered various roles such as Race Engineer, Sporting Director and Team Manager in Formula, GT and Sport cars in sprint and endurance international series. He joined SCG in 2018 as 003C program Sporting Director, and is now taking care of sporting and logistic organization.
Mark Tatham – Project Chief Engineer
Mark is a renowned Motorsports Engineer and Technical Manager, with many years experience in Formula One, other high level racing formulae, plus hybrid and electric drive technology.
Over the years he has covered the roles of Chief Designer at Scuderia Toro Rosso, Design Team Leader at Honda McLaren Racing for the Honda ERS, Chief Designer at HRT F1 team, Chief Designer for the completely new Lotus 2010 F1 car, Project Leader at Toyota Motorsport GmbH responsible for the 2007 and 2009 F1 cars, and Senior Design Engineer at Williams Grand Prix Engineering. He holds a Masters Degree in Automotive Engineering.
Chris Hornby – Team Leader Engine Installation
Chris is a versatile design engineer with more than twenty years motorsport experience across Europe and the USA, mostly in Formula One, but also including Nascar and other categories, working in both mechanical and composite design. More recently he has also worked on electric storage and electric powertrain projects for both motorsport and advanced automotive applications.
Barry Harvey – Team Leader Chassis
Barry is an extremely experienced design engineer who has worked for a great many motorsport teams as well as in general automotive. He comes to us from recent work at Koenigsegg and previously spent 5 years at Porsche AG where he was responsible for the main structural composite components of the LMP1 car, including the monocoque. Prior to this he worked mainly in composite design for Formula One teams including Mercedes, Renault, Caterham, Toyota and McLaren.
Mick Lindley – Team Leader Suspension Steering and Brakes
Mick is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in diverse fields, specialising in motorsport, but also including ocean going yacht racing, aerospace and electric vehicle design. He has held senior positions in many Formula One teams, including McLaren, Toyota, Lotus, Caterham and Renault. He held a similar Team Leader position at Toyota and was responsible for the complete mechanical layout of the 2010 Lotus F1 car.
Massimiliano Turco – Team Leader Electronics Design
Massimiliano is the Head of the Electronics Design Function Group in Podium Advanced Technologies and holds a MSc degree and a PhD in Mechatronics Engineering from Politecnico di Torino. He can rely on an extensive knowledge and experience on all facets of vehicle electronics, vehicle ECU programming and motorsport electronics.
Massimiliano joined the SCG team in 2011, and since then has been responsible for all the Electronics developments on Jim’s cars.
Igor Zanetti – Team Leader Engine and Controls
Igor is the Head of the Controls Function Group in Podium Advanced Technologies and holds a MSc degree in Automotive Engineering from Politecnico di Torino. After graduating, he worked for seven years in Engine Controls development for General Motors, both in Europe and in the United States. He has wide knowledge and experience in both controls design and development, as well as rapid prototyping and on-track calibration and testing. Igor joined the SCG team in 2011 as P4/5 Competizione KERS controls designer.
A pool of young and highly talented resources at Podium Advanced Technologies is complementing the WEC Hypercar development program team: Vincenzo Filazzola – Suspensions, Marco Cova – Packaging and Engine Installation, Stefano Rapisarda – Performance and Simulation, Kim Myklebust – Chassis, Carlos Herrera Sanchez – Mechanical Design.
Jesse Glickenhaus -–Founder and Managing Director
“I enjoy saying we are going to do something nearly impossible, and then setting out to make it happen. I want to fail sometimes. If I never fail, I dreamed too small. These failures also provide lessons to improve. We will race Le Mans with one of the best cars on the grid. There are thousands of ways to lose a race, and only one way to win. With a little luck, we will win.”