Few racing cars have been as eagerly anticipated as this one. Yet the machine in question wasn’t built by an established manufacturer or constructor but by a garagiste with big ambitions in the world of sports car racing. The Glickenhaus Le Mans Hypercar made its belated debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Portimão 8 Hours in mid-June.
The story of Jim Glickenhaus and his bid to take on the might of Toyota in the WEC this year and then Peugeot, Ferrari, Porsche, Audi et al in seasons to come has captivated the sports car world. There were probably as many people hoping that the fast-talking American’s baby would fail in Portugal as there were people rooting for it.
It’s hard to judge after the events at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve who will be best pleased, the doubters or the backers. It was an event of mixed fortunes for the brand new Glickenhaus-Pipo 007 LMH shared by Romain Dumas, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook.