Face-Off: SCG Dares Elon Musk’s Cybertruck To Baja 1000 Race

The two-time Baja-1000-winning SCG Boot will beat the Tesla Cybertruck in the classic desert race, according to the Boot’s builder.

Is the Tesla Cybertruck really off-road worthy? Not according to Jim Glickenhaus, owner of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG), a high-performance car builder who creates some of the most exciting vehicles on the planet.

News outlets and automotive-enthusiast publications from top to bottom have lauded Elon Musk’s Tesla Cybertruck. However, when the owner of a performance car builder such as SCG with class wins in the 2019 and 2020 Baja 1000 off-road race says, “it wouldn’t have a chance,” we tend to take notice.

Elon Musk floated the idea of racing the Tesla Cybertruck in the Baja 1000, but not everyone was impressed. High-performance car builder, Cameron Glickenhaus, thinks his hydrogen-powered SCG Boot would wipe the floor with the Cybertruck during the Baja 1000.

SCG is responsible for building competition vehicles that have won, placed, and finished racing events on the track and in the dirt. These include eight seasons of endurance racing at the Nürburgring circuit, nine 24-hour race finishes, an FIA World Championship Cup in Alternative Energies First Overall, and two Class 2 Production Car Class wins in the Baja 1000 with the SCG Boot.

The SCG Boot is a modern high-performance homage to the original Steve McQueen-driven Baja Boot built by Vic Hickey. It won many off-road races in the late 1960s and mid-1970s. The modern-day SCG Boot features a chromoly tube chassis, composite body, 6.2-liter V8 cranking out 460 horsepower, four-wheel independent suspension system with 19 inches of travel, and front and rear ARB air-actuated locking differentials. A quick check of the Tesla Cybertruck tech specs seems sparse by comparison.

Scudiera Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) recently threw down the gauntlet at Tesla’s Elon Musk on Twitter.

So why throw down the gauntlet? The Baja 1000 was chosen because it’s the toughest endurance race in the world. The issue at heart, according to managing director (and Jim’s son) Jesse Glickenhaus, are Musk’s remarks that electric battery technology is superior to hydrogen fuel cells. Hydrogen fuel cell technology is something Glickenhaus sees as a cleaner choice for his vehicle builds and for all motor vehicles in the future.

The SCG Boot is powered by a 460 hp 6.2-liter V8 and features a four-wheel-independent suspension system with 19 inches of wheel travel.

Glickenhaus believes electric vehicles such as the Tesla Cybertruck can’t compete effectively against hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the extreme conditions of endurance racing. He is prepared to prove it. Has Musk accepted Glickenhaus’ challenge to race in the 2023 Baja 1000 against a hydrogen-powered SCG Boot? Not as of this report. But if he does, Off Road Xtreme will be there to tell you all about it!

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Stuart Bourdon

A passion for anything automotive (especially off-road vehicles), camping, and photography led to a life exploring the mountains and deserts of the Southwest and Baja, and a career in automotive, outdoor, and RV journalism.
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