New Glickenhaus 004C debuts at Cremona circuit and gets ready for the next season at Nürburgring

20 February 2020

Cremona, 20 February 2020 – First road test of the new Glickenhaus racing car, developed and built by Podium Advanced Technologies, successfully completed.

The new Glickenhaus 004c derives from the road legal 004s model that will be presented later this year, and features a whole new carbon fiber chassis, central driving position, and a 6,2 liter V8 engine.

The new model is replacing her predecessor Glickenhaus 003c and will race the 2020 season of the Nürburgring Endurance Series, as well as the ADAC TOTAL 24H Race next 21 May.

The Glickenhaus 004c engine has been started for the first time on Monday, February 17, only 4 weeks after the beginning of assembly operations, and 14 months after the kick off of the 004c and 004s concurrent development work.

The shakedown, initially meant as a first trial run, soon turned into a setup session: more than 100 laps were completed flawlessly, with major progresses achieved in chassis setting and electronics tuning.

The first 5 laps were driven by Jim Glickenhaus himself, whose remarks were: “It took us two years of development to get the 003c at the same level where the 004c already stands today. I am extremely happy of what this project has achieved so far, and I am thrilled looking ahead to what the next stages will be. Today our fastest lap was only 2 seconds off the circuit lap record: it is an outstanding result in a first trial. I am also very satisfied of how the new car drives: solid, easy, light, with an incredible amount of torque available at low revs, exactly as I envisaged it in the first place when we started this project. In a few months we will be back at the Nürburgring for another exciting season, and at the same time will be launching the road legal 004s. This is a much more far reaching project than everything we did so far, and I am sure our customers will be extremely happy with the results”.

The three day test session was carried out by Thomas Mutsch, Glickenhaus official development driver, who commented: “I am impressed! Going through all the different cars I was involved during a first shakedown, there was never running one that long with just one small issue! Really really a great job and an incredible piece of engineering!”

Luca Ciancetti, chief engineer of the Glickenhaus 004 project, said: “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that Jim gave us to work with him in this challenging venture, and I am very proud of the technical results achieved so far. Ambitious performance targets were set at the start, and some of them were stretched further along the way. We always worked together as a team, aiming at the same goal, tackling problems together, and so far I feel we delivered on time and on budget. The last 14 months have been quite a ride, and I definitely look forward to the next 14 which promise to be even more exciting.”

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