James Glickenhaus, the man behind the Ferrari P4/5, is working on a new car that will be used in a high-level endurance racing like the 24 Hours Le Mans. Prior to this, sketches of the car dubbed as the P4/5 Competizione LMP surfaced on the Web. It is believed that Glickenhaus’ car will see the light of day by 2014.
James Glickenhaus: From Filming to Car Design
Glickenhaus worked in the stock market and the film industry before becoming a household name among car enthusiasts. He became popular in the automobile industry after he commissioned the one-of-one Ferrari P4/5 Pininfarina. Even though the build was not sanctioned, Ferrari immediately gave a go signal after seeing the car.
After that, Glickenhaus developed a Competizione version of the vehicle. The model was piloted to a 6-minute, 51-second lap around the Nurburgring in Germany. This was made possible with the help of kinetic-energy recovery system or KERS. Although the car was wearing race tires, it was the fastest time recorded from a Ferrari-powered car.
The Return of Glickenhaus’ P4/5
James Glickenhaus will make a comeback on October 27 with another version of the P4/5. This time, the car will feature better brakes, new Dunlop tires, better weight balance, and a motor bored out from 4.0 to 4.5 liters. There were also reports that it will compete for the FIA World Championship Alternate Energy Cup. The goal behind the much-anticipated P4/5 is to beat its previous record.
However, the new LMP model will not carry Ferrari’s Prancing Horse badge. After the development of the Competizione, Glickenhaus and the automaker separated ways.
At the moment, Glickenhaus is looking for some media buzz and an engine manufacturer. It turns out that his search is doing well, and although he said that he already had an interest in one manufacturer, he is hoping to gather more. While he hasn’t ruled anything out yet, Glickenhaus believes that his design could use a diesel powerplant or a smaller turbocharged gas engine. A new technique of recovering wasted turbo energy is also not out of the question.
Glickenhaus is working with Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the endurance racing’s governing body, to understand the rules that he would need to adhere before competing. The much-anticipated P4/5 Competizione LMP is obviously still on its early stages. However, seeing the Internet buzz that the car is making, it only goes to show that 2013 will be a busy year for James Glickenhaus.
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