Saleen plans a new supercar

Posted on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 , 05:08:48 byTheodora

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Saleen plans a new supercar

Saleen Inc. was founded in 1984 in Southern California. The company is specialized in manufacturing vehicles for enthusiast drivers which include technology borrowed from the Saleen/Allen Speedlab race team, eight-time winners of sports car racing manufacturer championships. Saleen designs and manufactures high performance vehicles both for street use and for track racing, including the S7 supercar, the S281, the race SR and the N2O Focus. The company also produces and sells a huge line of performance elements and it also offers design, engineering and certification services. The stuff working there is currently developing a new supercar which is supposed to be ready in two years’ time.

The new Saleen supercar is meant to continue the task left off by the S5S Raptor concept. Well, the concept is a rather old one, since it was released back in 2008.  The vehicle featured clean lines sculpted in lightweight composites. A solar-tinted glass roof was placed to allow daylight in, and the purposeful mid-engine design looked world-class five years ago. The Saleen representatives promise a significantly improved, updated and modern vehicle due to be presented in 2015.

The new supercar will most likely carry the Saleen racing heritage in terms of engine. The powering heart will be a 5.0 liter supercharged V8 that produces 650 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque. The engine sprints the 0-60mph time in just 3.2 seconds and it can reach a maximum speed of 200 mph (321 km/h). The former S5 Raptor concept was scheduled to enter sales in 2010. Its price was established somewhere around $185,000 (€138,110). However, the plans were dropped off when Steve Saleen gave up working for the company.