Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is not a name we always hear in this industry, but they are making quite some noise this time as they announced that they are working on a new project. This time, it is unlike their past models such as the SCG003 hypercar or an upcoming sports car, because this one can apparently go off road.
And the automaker calls this utilitarian buggy the Boot. The company is very confident with this vehicle that they will actually take it up the Ojos del Salado volcano in the Andes Mountains, with a height of 22,615 feet (6,893 meters) tall, to test it. If SCG succeeds, it will be bringing home a world record for high altitude driving.
At this point, SCG is still developing the Boot, so the specs are likely going to change. But the current prototype of the off roader gets its power from a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8, which is paired to an automatic gearbox (and the only one that will be available). A manual gearbox isn’t possible, as the automaker does not see a demand for this. In fact, even on the 004S, the firm’s manual orders are far outweighed by the automatic ones. Nonetheless, SCG states in a post on Facebook that their 004S will be manual.
When SCG engineers built the Boot, they took most of their inspiration from off-road racers. The off roader’s suspension is actually like those in Baja and Paris Dakar. In fact, the company set out for this vehicle to have an impressive 20 inches (50.8 centimeters) of wheel travel.
Externally, one would notice that the fenders rise higher than the rest of the hood, as a way to provide more suspension travel. So the headlights have been pushed closer to the A-pillar. There is also a roof mounted snorkel, and exhausts that exit above the rear fenders. The company rendered the Boot in two variants: a four-door version that will attempt the drive up the Ojos del Salado, and a two-door version they call Steve.
Moving inside the cabin of both versions, you’d quickly notice that it features a central driving position. The layout maximizes the cabin occupancy, fitting three people into the Steve. Of course, both a heater and air conditioning will be installed.
In the United States, SCG has a low-volume manufacturer status, letting the company sell 325 vehicles annually. The automaker believes that adding the Boot could easily help them reach that figure in terms of sales. When this comes out of the market, expect it to have a base price of $100,000. That actually makes the off roader their most affordable model to date. Expect deliveries to begin sometime in 2019 or 2020.