The only real SUV? The SCG Boot is ready to take on the Baja 1000

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November 11, 2019 11:23 AM

The only real SUV? The SCG Boot is ready to take on the Baja 1000

This brand-new Boot channels Steve McQueen’s classic off-roader.

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The race version of the SCG Boot will get a 650-hp LT4 V8.

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The SCG Boot comes with Fox shocks and 19 inches of suspension travel.

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Glickenhaus and team will be taking the new Baja Boot out in the 2019 Baja 1000.

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The SCG Boot comes with BFGoodrich off-road tires.

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The race version of the SCG Boot gets a bigger gas tank for longer off-road sessions.

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The road-going version of the SCG Boot gets a 460-hp V8.

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The engine is mounted backwards in the SCG Boot.

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Glickenhaus and team will be taking the new Baja Boot out in the 2019 Baja 1000.

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Glickenhaus and team will be taking the new Baja Boot out in the 2019 Baja 1000.

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Glickenhaus and team will be taking the new Baja Boot out in the 2019 Baja 1000.

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The SCG Boot even allows for a child seat.

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Glickenhaus and team will be taking the new Baja Boot out in the 2019 Baja 1000.

James Glickenhaus and his son Jesse have a very simple way of defining an SUV: Unless you can drive it to Mexico, race the Baja 1000 and then drive it home, your vehicle isn’t very utility—and it sure as hell isn’t sport.
And because the guys behind Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus actually back up their words with action, they’ve gone and built a vehicle with the intent of doing exactly that.
The SCG Boot, as it’s called, is a tribute—and philosophical successor—to the Baja Boot made famous by actor and racer Steve McQueen. The original, a sort of dune buggy on steroids, started life as a sketch in GM engineer Vic Hickey’s shop; within a month it was fabricated and on the road, and competed in the 1967 NORRA Mexican 1000. It featured a tube frame, zero overhang and 9 inches of suspension travel. It sported a 350-cubic-inch V8 mounted backwards, in front of the rear axle shafts. Two were eventually built.
From the King of Cool, who bought the Boots in ’68: “I’ve lined me up a sweet machine for this one (the Mexican 1000). Called the ‘Baja Boot.’ Chevy powered. Four hundred and fifty horses under the bonnet. Space frame construction. Four-wheel drive. Independent suspension. And ‘smooth’! I can notch close to a hundred over a sand wash and you better believe that’s moving.”

This is what the SCG Baja Boot looks like without the bodywork.

If you wanted to re-create the Boot today, you could do worse than Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. Glickenhaus has experience putting all manner of wheeled terrors on the road—first with custom Ferraris and now with fully realized sports and endurance cars. We have every reason to believe that his new Boot would leave McQueen’s in a cloud of Baja dust.
Glickenhaus says the Boot is “capable of prerunning the Baja at speed, crawling through the rocks at Hammertown and exploring the backcountry roads in between.” Later this month, the company will drive the factory race version of the Baja 1000 “and then drive it home.”

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The road-ready Boot will feature a 460-hp LT1 and a four-speed automatic transmission. Suspension travel on the new Boot measures 19 inches with 3-inch Fox coilovers and BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM3 tires.
The racing Boot houses an LT4 engine making the full 650 hp. It has a race-prepped Turbo 400 transmission and comes with a bigger fuel tank, good for 400-500 racing miles. It too will sport BFGoodrich tires—either KR2s or KR3s. Both get Wilwood brakes.
The Baja 1000 starts Nov. 19. SCG will run the race version, which will be tailed by the road car for support (the road car, by the way, will hold a child seat—bring hearing protection). We’ll be keeping track.
Check out Glickenhausracing.com for more information.

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