This weekend Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) has completed a 24-hour test with its SCG003C Macchinadue, owned by Chris Rudd, at Portimao in Portugal. The drivers were American Jeff Westphal, Frenchman Franck Maileux, and Andreas Simonsen and Felipe Laser both from Germany.
The aim of the weekend was to recreate a 24-hour race in order to test the SCG003C to its limits and see if the hard work carried out in the workshop has paid off on the track.
Without substituting any part of the car – apart from tyres and braking pads – the team drove over 700 laps at competition pace, totalling more than 3,500 km of the beautiful Portimao circuit in the Algarve.
Portimao proved to be much like the legendary Nurburgring in Germany due to changing weather, which meant that the car was tested in both dry and wet conditions, a perfect representation of how the famous Nurburgring can change from one moment to the next.
The SCG003C was created specifically for the Nurburgring 24 Hours: the toughest race in the world. It has shown the pace to run at the front and the reliability to finish, taking on the world’s best-known sports car manufacturers on home territory.
Chris Rudd, owner of Macchinadue, said: "I'm delighted with how the test went and successful conclusion of the weekend. It was really important to test the reliability of our improvements to the car ahead of the 2017 race season and our return to the Nurburgring. The team has worked really hard and the improvements have been great. I would like compliment the entire team for their hard work and dedication to such a unique project."
Team Owner Jim Glickenhaus said: “I am very proud to be part of a team that fights year after year to accomplish the “impossible dream.” We won an FIA Championship Cup with our P4/5 C Hybrid and our dream to come first overall at the Nurburgring 24 Hours remains alive.”
Jeff Westphal said: “I’m very happy with the car, the chassis was working well and I was getting lots of feedback from the Dunlop tyre. The braking system has improved - you can tell that the team has been working hard behind the scenes.”
Andreas Simonsen said: “I’ve not driven the SCG003C for six months so I could see a big step forward in the car: there were some major improvements in the handling and braking. I drove the car in the wet and the Dunlop cut slicks were amazing, I had a lot of confidence in the tyre and the car, the traction control was also brilliant. The SCG003C is one of the best cars in the world and to drive it on one of the best tracks in the world was incredible, it can’t get much better! ”
Felipe Laser said: “It was great to be part of the test with SCG and the car was great, very smooth to drive.”
Programme director Paolo Garella commented: “We have achieved all our goals this weekend and all the cars major systems passed the test. We still have some improvements to make ahead of the 2017 race season but this is a major milestone in our journey. ”