Glickenhaus Hydrogen Boot is zero-emission Baja 1000 desert racer

Glickenhaus Hydrogen Boot is zero-emission Baja 1000 desert racer

American car maker Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has released latest images of its hydrogen fuel-cell endurance race vehicle, which is set to race at this year’s Baja 1000 off-road desert race in November.

Best known for its 24 Hours of Nurburgring successes with the SCG003 supercar and completing 24h Le Mans in its SCG007 hypercar, the NY-based firm already builds the SCG Boot, a road-legal Baja 1000 endurance racer, which won its class when it debuted at the event in 2019. That model costs $287,500 (approximately £211,279)

If successful, the Hydrogen Boot will be the first zero-emissions vehicle to complete the Baja 1000 race. 

First seen as a concept last year, the vehicle uses a quad-cab pick-up shell with the back seats removed and replaced with a sizeable hydrogen system. The firm is anticipating a range of more than 600 miles.

The race vehicle’s development will also spawn a US road-legal version. Founder Jim Glickenhaus commented:  “We will make a U.S. road-legal version. We are using all the engineering, testing, and development of this race vehicle to create the systems and knowledge around cryogenic hydrogen, fuel cells, and our refueling system.”

He added: “Our truck is something you can drive to the Baja 1000, race 1000 miles, and drive home. The Baja is a brutal race, the longest continuous off-road race globally. There is not a battery-electric vehicle in the world that can successfully run the Baja 1000.” 

There are, as yet, no engineering details about the model but Glickenhaus describes the Boot as a “cryogenic supercritical hydrogen fuel cell electric Baja 1000 race vehicle”.

The firm also confirmed it is creating its own fueling  infrastructure for its fuel-cell vehicle. Glickenhaus said: “When people see this vehicle race the Baja 1000 and finish, with zero emissions, it can be safely driven over the most intense landscapes and refueled in the middle of the desert, with our own infrastructure, that will change the world.”