Thursday, April 18, 2024

SCG confirms the launch of the Mini Boot off-roader as a kit car

A ‘rendering’ of the Mini Boot appeared on social media some time ago, but now it is real. An American manufacturer Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG), has confirmed the development of the unpublished Mini Boot, original Dune Buggy, with sports performance on its Facebook Page. The new model will be offered exclusively in assembly kits.

This is the SCG 008 “004/Mini Boot,” which will differentiate itself from the rest of the American factory offers, first of all, its price, which will be much more affordable, even if official figures have not yet been released. The SCG says the project is inspired by two iconic models: the Lotus Seven kit cars and the rally Porsche 959. It aims to make the brand’s car accessible to the wider audience.

The Mini Boot is a sporty two-seater equipped with a raised center of gravity and extra-large wheels. The SCG 008 004/Mini Boot will be shipped to customers without an engine, but SCG says its off-road is being designed for the installation of a 2.2-liter EcoTec engine from General Motors. Estimated return of 147 hp and 210 Nm is not so modest, considering that this is a car whose curb weight, according to rumors, will not exceed 650 kg.

The transmission was entrusted to a Sadev sequential gearbox with a transaxle circuit, while many other components can be processed and installed according to customers’ needs and tastes. SCG has not yet completed all the details, but the company is considering selling the Mini boot with a standard two-wheel drive variant and an optional all-wheel-drive system.

The ‘homemade’ construction kit complies with the regulations imposed by the US Department of Transportation and with the Dakar and Baja 1000 Rally raid regulations and is also eligible to participate in other tests. The price has not still been published.