Steve Saleen never fails to impress. While the core business of performance parts has always been strong, he looked to China for a new investor. Jiangsu Secco Automobile purchased a majority of Saleen two years ago. It allowed them to develop the S1 and bring it to the market. With such a high demand for fast cars in China, the Saleen S7 has been resurrected with 1,500 horsepower. The 2020 Saleen S7 Le Mans is powered by a 7.0L Ford V8 and twin turbos. It is the same recipe used in the S7 Twin Turbo, and technology has advanced significantly over the past 2 decades. Automotive Journalist Greg Kable (@GregKable) has close ties to the Chinese automakers, and he tweeted this photo from the reveal: If these specs are accurate, we are looking at a 1,500 horsepower supercar. It is rated at 1,327 lb-ft of torque, which is asking a lot from a Ford Windsor block. You will be at 62 mph in 2.2 seconds on your way to 298 mph! The unveiling was a big event, with the parent company also unveiling … [Read more...] about Saleen S7 Resurrected With 1,500 Horsepower!
A test drive is a great way to sell a car, but a test race will seal the deal. Our friend Steve Saleen has a new approach to marketing his latest supercar. The 2019 Saleen Cup kicked off this weekend, and it saw the Saleen S1 make its track debut in Portland. The Saleen Cup consists of 20 new cars with identical setups. Each wears a different livery and they will do battle for 50 minutes as part of the Blancpain GT World Challenge America. The big news is that it is a very affordable way to get into racing. Each car needs a 2-person team, which pays $42,000 per weekend for both races. So each member only has to pay $21,000 for the event, and this covers the car, safety gear, and everything else. The racers fall into 2 categories: Young Drivers are up to 28 years old, and Pro-AM drivers are 29 years or older. The top driver from each category will earn a paid seat in Saleen’s GT4 car for the 2020 season. The car they will be driving is the long-awaited Saleen S1. Portland … [Read more...] about Saleen S1 Makes Track Debut in Portland
The Saleen S7 was one of the best supercars in the world for the period that it was built. Using advanced design techniques and engineering while deriving power from a tried and true 427ci Ford pushrod V8 engine, it was literally the best modern blend of new and old that the automotive world may ever see. There was even a twin turbo version that came out before its ultimate demise more than 10 years ago. But what about racing? Remember, Steve Saleen is above all else, a racer and that’s why the company created the S7 R which was a formidable car if not one that racked up a huge resume of race wins. Built in small volume over the period of several years, the S7 R was plagued by the typical stuff that any new road racing car is plagued with, especially one built by a small manufacturer. You are in shark infested waters to begin with, attempting to compete with the biggest names and budgets in racing, and you have new cars. While the first couple seasons were not drenched in … [Read more...] about Thundering Saleen S7 R At The Spa Classic Ford 427
Turning lemons into lemonade isn’t easy in the automotive world. But taking a glance back through the history of this magazine, one name is synonymous with turning coal into diamonds. Steve Saleen and company have built mean Mustangs and powerful Ford products, which culminated in the S7 Twin Turbo supercar. It was the first car of his own design, and we’ve patiently waited for a successor. Saleen to Produce Seven Limited Edition S7’s Yesterday at the LA Auto Show, he took the wraps off the new Saleen 1. It began in Germany as the Artega GT, but the materials and powertrain proved to be obsolete. So working with Chinese industrialists, Saleen redesigned almost every component. The press release states that production will take place in California, with horsepower advertised at 450. Expect to learn more details here as they get ready for launch, so watch the unveiling below and stay with us for all your Saleen updates … [Read more...] about Steve Saleen Unveils His New Saleen 1 Supercar
The Saleen Cup, a series described by organizers as a “five-event, arrive-and-drive race series,” is partnering with the Blancpain GT World Challenge America to give gentlemen racers a chance to race the Saleen 1 supercar.The race series put together by California-based Saleen Automotive will offer drivers -- on a first-come, first-serve basis -- a chance to compete in a five-race sports-car series. Races will be 50 minutes in duration and include two-driver teams. Champions in two different racing categories, one for drivers under age 23 and the other for 23-and-over, will win a factory seat in Saleen’s GT4 entry for 2020.The cost to race in the Saleen Cup is $42,000 per race weekend for two-driver teams, which breaks down to $210,000 for the full five-race season. Two-driver teams entering the full season prior to April 30 can get in on the action for $190,000.Race fields will include 20 cars. The new series in the process of developing an insurance program. Los … [Read more...] about Saleen Cup to bring gentlemen drivers, Saleen 1 to the racetrack