SCG is making an “entry level” off-roader that you’ll have to build yourself

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, better known as SCG, is a prolific racecar builder and constructor competing in endurance races – such as the 24 hours of Nurburgring and Le Mans. Sure, most SCG cars are made road legal, but the nature of the cars and the ultra-low volume makes it practically out of reach, even for the wealthy.

In an attempt to lower the entry price and open the brand to a wider audience, SCG has introduced the brand’s latest entry-level mini dune buggy, the SCG 008. But here’s the catch: you’ll have to build it yourself.

On a Facebook post, SCG founder James Glickenhaus said that the company is “seriously working on” a smaller version of its Boot buggy. SCG says that the new 008 “004/Mini Boot” draws inspiration from the Porsche 959 rally car, and the dune buggy Steve McQueen drove in The Thomas Crown Affair.

Cashing in on the controversial Safari builds phenomenon, the 008 features a sports car-like body, placed on top of a jacked-up suspension set-up and large off-road wheels. Completing the extreme off-roader look are the external roll hoops, roof rack, front light bars, as well as a winch.

In order to comply with New York’s regulations for home-built and custom cars, the SCG Mini Boot will not be sold with an engine. Although, Glickenhaus says that the car is designed around a 2.2-litre four-cylinder Ecotec engine from General Motors, and a Sadev transaxle. For context, the SCG 004 is powered by a supercharged V8 engine making upwards of 650 hp.

Many details aren’t finalised as of yet, but SCG says that the 008 is likely to have 2WD as standard, with an optional 4WD set-up. SCG aims to make the new mini dune buggy eligible for the Baja 1000 and Dakar rally.

The 004 will be available to purchase as a customised kit directly on the SCG webstore. Pricing has not been revealed yet, but do keep in mind that the 004 starts at USD400,000, and that was one of the cheaper models; other road-focused cars such as the SCG 003 was priced upwards of USD2,000,000.


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