This Batman-worthy supercar just (kinda) broke the Nurburgring lap record

If you were paying much attention last month, the names “Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG)” and “SCG003″ will be very familiar to you. As words, they tend to stick out. As entities, they’re unforgettable.

The SCG003 supercar pulls no punches with its assault on Ferrari, Porsche, and the other pillars of the automotive performance arena. The carbon fiber knockout utilizes a Honda-based 3.5-liter V6 with two turbos bolted on, producing 522 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Factor in its curb weight of less than 2,645 pounds, and you’re left with a power-to-weight ratio that allows it to play well above its commercial weight class.

The racing version of the car, the SCG003C, has already competed at a Nurburgring event and many more are planned. Earlier this month, the company claimed on its Instagram that it had completed a run of the ‘Ring in just 6:42, besting the current production car record holder by a whopping 6 seconds.

What’s more, SCG says it was done with weight ballasts and restricted horsepower. With the ballasts gone and the restrictions lifted, the automaker says the road-legal SCG003S version “should kiss 6:30 on street tires.”

To give that figure some weight, that’s a full 27 seconds quicker than the Porsche 918 Spyder. In racing terms, that’s an eternity. Color us impressed.

There’s more to the story, though, as SCG’s figure was more of an educated guesstimation than a true time. The brand later clarified on Facebook that before being black-flagged (return to pit command) for being too loud, the car had done a lap of the Nurburgring Grand Prix course and Nordschleife (North Loop) in a combined 8:12.

Calculating based on comparative length and other times, SCG asserted it would take the car 6:42 to complete the Nordschleife section alone, the portion generally referred to during Nurburgring discussions.

The brand did not specify tires used, but we hope to get an official, unconstrained lap soon. Approximations aside, the SCG003 is clearly a ridiculously fast way to get around.

Will it be faster than new record-chasers from Koenigsegg and Radical? Stay tuned to find out.

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