Glickenhaus Seriously Wants to Enter a hydrogen-powered pickup truck in the 2023 Baja 1000

Rendering by: SCG

Glickenhaus wants to enter a hydrogen-powered pickup truck in the 2023 Baja 1000 – and kick the Cybertruck’s ass.

Known for their seriously capable Glickenhaus Boot, the company wants to take on the 2023 Baja 1000 sporting a hydrogen-powered pickup truck. According to Glickenhaus, the codename is the SCG 010 Zero. It’s to be powered by hydrogen fuel cells and will have a range of 1,000 miles. On top of that, it can reportedly be refueled in five minutes.

The Glickenhaus Boot (which is inspired by the original Baja Boot) made its off-road debut at the 2019 Baja 1,000, and not only finished the race, it won the Class 2 Championship. It was successful last year as well, proving Glickenhaus is serious and knows a thing or two about off-road racing. Producing around 650 horsepower, the Boot has an LT4 6.2-liter V8.

Rendering by: SCG

While no horsepower/torque numbers were published, we expect it to meet or surpass the Glickenhaus Boot’s numbers.

Enter Elon Musk

What was Glickenhaus’ inspiration?

About a month ago, Musk called hydrogen fuel cells, and the use of hydrogen “mind-bogglingly stupid.” As a result of his bravado, James Glickenhaus challenged Elon Musk to race his much-hyped Cybertruck at the Baja 1000. The artist renditions you see here are what Glickenhaus has in mind.

Image: Tesla

So far, no word from Musk. Still, he’s been game in the past to prove his product(s) are more than competitive. Rockets aside, his Tesla cars have mopped up a ton of vehicles in the quarter mile. Not only that, but the Tesla Model S has been seen on the Nürburgring battling for the top EV times.

You can read about that (here).

Hydrogen is still a difficult fuel to supply worldwide, but it has remarkable potential. Basically, you can fuel an electric vehicle’s motor with a hydrogen fuel cell – with water being the only byproduct. As science catches up to consumer need, we may see hydrogen fuel cell tech powering EV charging stations. In time, the technology has the potential to replace modern EV batteries.

Regardless, I would love to see this truck in action!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.