Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has been hard at work designing its center-seat SCG 004S supercar for production. First introduced in 2017, the carbon-chassis mid-engine coupe is finally rounding the last corners of development. It was subject to its first crash test, a head-on frontal impact, in May 2021. Now its just passed another crash-safety-related milestone.
Glickenhaus published a video to its social media channels Wednesday showing the SCG 004S surviving an offset frontal impact. By crash test standards the impact was relatively drama-free—the front structure of the vehicle took on most of the impact as it should have, keeping the passenger safety cell safe and unharmed. It doesn't even look as if the windshield was damaged. The only thing we can say for sure didn't make it was the front clamshell piece. The company confirmed on Friday via Twitter the test netted a "Very Good" passing grade.
For small companies like Glickenhaus, crash-testing is by far the most expensive hurdle to selling cars to the public. The company told us in March certifying the 004S for the road would cost them just under $1 million, despite plans to use a single car for every necessary test. Of course, that price doesn't take into account the costs of developing a car with a central driving position to meet modern safety standards. This stuff starts to add up, especially if Glickenhaus only plans to build 25 examples—even with a $400,000 base price.