Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow
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Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

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Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success.

Jim Glickenhaus doesn’t mind being called a privateer. In fact, he revels in that description and his underdog status. Yes, the American is a car manufacturer, or at least is well on the way to becoming a fully fledged one, but he’s in the tradition of a line of independents to take on the challenge of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The difference between his organisation and so many of the specialist builders that preceded him – think de Cadenet, WM and Panoz – is he’s pitching up with a genuine chance of victory. That’s what he thinks, and that’s what the new Le Mans Hypercar regulations were conceived to allow.

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