Glickenhaus has announced its decision to exit the FIA World Endurance Championship following the conclusion of the current season. This development means that the firm’s 007 LMH model will no longer participate in premier endurance racing events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The American performance brand verified in a recent conversation with Evo that this strategic shift is designed to allow the company to redirect its resources towards the development of consumer vehicles. Specifically, the focus will be on the 004 supercar and the Boot off-road vehicle.
Founder of the company, Jim Glickenhaus, expressed that participation in a racing series like the Nürburgring Endurance Series would be more directly relevant to the development of the 004 model. Evo highlighted that the Nürburgring racetrack was a pivotal arena where Glickenhaus initially gained prominence last decade, competing with a race-adapted version of its Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina supercar.
In a related personnel move, Ryan Briscoe, one of Glickenhaus’ drivers, will be joining the newly-formed Vanwall team for the 2024 season. He will be competing in the Hypercar class, piloting a new LMH model. Jacques Villeneuve will also be a part of the Vanwall team.
It is noteworthy that Glickenhaus was the inaugural team to commit to the Hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship, which had its first season in 2021. At that juncture, Toyota was the sole other competitor with an LMH race car, specifically the GR010 Hybrid. Alpine was also in the competition but was using a legacy A480 LMP1 race car.
Despite its participation, Glickenhaus has not experienced significant victories in the sport. The team came close to securing its first win at the Monza race in 2022 before a turbo failure in its 007 LMH dashed any hopes for a triumph. However, it did manage to secure a third-place finish at the 2022 Le Mans event.
The 007 LMH, developed in-house, is equipped with a custom-built twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-8 engine manufactured by France’s Pipo Moteurs. Glickenhaus has also unveiled a street-legal version of the race car, named the 007S hypercar. According to Evo, the production of this consumer model is still on track, provided that the company receives a minimum of 24 orders.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Glickenhaus Withdrawal from FIA World Endurance Championship
Why is Glickenhaus withdrawing from the FIA World Endurance Championship?
Glickenhaus has decided to exit the FIA World Endurance Championship to reallocate its resources and focus on the development of consumer vehicles, specifically the 004 supercar and the Boot off-road vehicle.
What will happen to Glickenhaus’ 007 LMH race car?
The 007 LMH will no longer participate in premier endurance racing events, including the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans, following the company’s withdrawal from the FIA World Endurance Championship.
What is the future focus of Glickenhaus?
The company will concentrate on consumer vehicles like the 004 supercar and the Boot off-roader. Founder Jim Glickenhaus has indicated that the Nürburgring Endurance Series may be a more suitable avenue for the company’s future racing endeavors.
Has Glickenhaus experienced any success in the FIA World Endurance Championship?
Despite its participation, Glickenhaus has not secured any significant victories. The closest it came was during the 2022 Monza round, where a turbo failure in its 007 LMH ended any chance for a win. However, the team did manage to finish third at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2022.
What engine powers the Glickenhaus 007 LMH?
The Glickenhaus 007 LMH is equipped with a custom-built twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-8 engine, developed by France’s Pipo Moteurs.
Is there a street-legal version of the 007 LMH?
Yes, Glickenhaus has unveiled a road-legal hypercar named the 007S. Production of this model is still planned, contingent upon the company receiving a minimum of 24 orders.
Who will replace Ryan Briscoe, one of Glickenhaus’ drivers?
Ryan Briscoe will be joining the newly-formed Vanwall team for the 2024 season, competing in the Hypercar class with a new LMH. Jacques Villeneuve will also be driving for Vanwall.
More about Glickenhaus Withdrawal from FIA World Endurance Championship
- Glickenhaus Official Website
- FIA World Endurance Championship
- Evo Magazine
- Nürburgring Endurance Series Official Website
- Pipo Moteurs Official Website
- Vanwall Official Website
- Toyota GR010 Hybrid
- Alpine Cars Official Website