The SCG 007’s innovative take on the Hypercar aero rules

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With its first car now complete, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is due to commence testing of the SCG 007 Le Mans Hypercar at the Vallelunga circuit this month. Constructed by Podium Advanced Technologies in Pont-Saint-Martin, Italy, the 007’s build has been documented by SCG, which recently showed off images of the newly arrived rear bodywork and wing.

While Toyota may have stayed close to its LMP1 roots with the GR010, it seems SCG is taking full advantage of the greater design freedom afforded by the Hypercar rules, with the rear wing looking more akin to something found on a WRC machine than a sportscar.

Most notably, the upper wing element includes a series of longitudinal strakes, which are commonplace on top level rally machines where they are used to aid stability and wing performance at high yaw angles (Mitsubishi was one of the first rally teams to experiment with this approach back in the early 2000s).

The car is replete with many other interesting aero details; the front-end packaging is very aggressive, with the team likely making full use of the lack of constraints around the nose diffuser. Meanwhile, the cooling package sees the main engine radiators mounted in the front section of the sidepods, with the charge air coolers tucked just in front of the rear wheels.

The team now has an intensive testing program planned for the car, ahead of its scheduled race debut at the WEC season opener in Portimao, Portugal. SCG had initially opted to skip the first WEC round, set to be the Sebring 12 Hours in Florida, due to travel issues and delays in the car’s construction. However, with the season now starting in Portugal, rather than the USA, it plans on competing the entire season.

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