• Nov 28, 2007


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We managed to get our hands on this photo that shows a clay model of what inside sources tell us is the initial design of an all-new car being considered for development by Saleen at its Irvine assembly plant. While representatives from Saleen would not officially comment as to what is in the photo, our best guess is that they are looking to put to use their knowledge and experience gained from the construction of the Ford GT for Ford. In fact, with the GT no longer in production, a car similar to the Ford GT might be exactly what Saleen is shooting for. After all, they have the facility in which the GT was built, the father of the Ford GT, Chris Theodore, is now Saleen's chief technology officer, and they gained a wealth of experience building a new car from scratch with the S7 program. Theodore has even hinted at the possibility of an all-new Saleen. "I have many ideas," he stated to TheCarConnection.com, "and some of them are inspired by the Ford GT. That car sold very well for around $150,000. So why not think in that direction when we talk about a new supercar? May be an S3 or an S5?" We can only hope.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      it looks way better than the s7 because of the clean design.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whatever it is, I like it.

      I love the way the side contours echo into the flowing C-pillar, that's just gorgeous. I hope this thing becomes a real car, I don't care who makes it.

      But hey, who among us wouldn't like to see a midengine sportscar with a big-block Ford V8 that looks like that? Man, Ford could finally make a turn for the better if they comeout with something as futuristic as that. When was the last time they had a sports car that was a design style all its own? The Probe? Come on.

      But if it's a Saleen... Man, that boy is gonna have some get-up-and-go, I can tell you that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If that's a "horrible aesthetic decision" then maybe I'm starting to understand where bland, boring cars like the previous generation Taurus came from.

        I mean, I'm an engineer, not an industrial designer, but I know what I like.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Copying the c-pillar into the side contour is a horrible aesthetic decision. It is what a first year transportation design student would do before he/she learned better. It basically negates the forward stance of the design, nothing wrong with some contrast to the stance but it overpowers. Show some constrant on the details, No wonder most cars look like sh*t these days if this is what the public likes! (nothing like the lowest common denominator) But then again twenty two inch wheels with more facets than the star of india are what is considered good design by you guys!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bring it on!!!! =)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who's to say that isn't a new Ford, a replacement for the Ford GT? It is just clay so maybe it'll bow in as a concept at Detroit like the GR-1 and Cobra did. Chances are it's not a new Ford supercar, but still, it might be.
        • 7 Years Ago
        SHF,

        I remember when Ford came out with the Shelby GR-1 concept there was a lot of talk about that replacing the Ford GT once Ford came out with their new engines. I don't know if that is still the plan (or ever was), but it makes sense.

        I could see Ford bringing it out around 2009, when the Mustang is due for a refresh and the Corvette SS/ZR-1 is in production. It would be just like when they came out with the Ford GT (new mustang body style and Corvette Z06). By then they'll need something besides the mustang to hold people's interest, especially with the Camaro and Challenger out.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i dont think Ford can afford a halo car right now. money is better spent getting their mainline up to snuff.

        didnt really help them last time.

        what they really need is to modify the stang platform to come up with a vette competitor. they should have built the mercury messenger with an IRS in low numbers
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're right about the money and what not. Still, its interesting to speculate. But I do remember hearing a while back of a rumor that Ford was developing another supercar and were just waiting for the new BOSS engine to be finished. But that was a while ago, when the GT was ending production and it was just a rumor. But some sort of super 'stang, ZR-1 fighter, would be pretty awesome.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Kinda strikes me as a knock-off of the one-off ME-four-twelve chrysler supercar concept.

      Mid-engined ~500-horsepower 5-liter aluminum cammer engine (turbocharged with nice 8000 RPM redline) with an automated-clutch or double-clutch transmission and a limited slip diff sounds fine by me.

      $50-85k price range would be nice, as well.

      If 150k can sell, 50-80k can be a helluva deal, and they'll sell as many as they can make. I'd certainly be more willing to buy that than a dressed up live-axle mustang for that kind of cash.

      It will be interesting to see it develop.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "That car sold very well for around $150,000."

      And being the butt of many jabs courtesy of Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's an American car, he was bound to rip on it.

        Despite that, he bought one. Of course he ripped on it for having problems with an aftermarket alarm and made it sound like it was Ford's fault, even though it wasn't.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the SAME CAR from the film:

      Bruce All Mighty (2003) Staring Jim Carrey (though it was white in the film)

      It's a Saleen S7... sorry to ruin the fun and bla bla bla

      .... you guys should do some more research and not just fart around on your computers thinkin ya know what's what.


      And I know some of you are going to be like:
      "But... *sniffle sniffle* we are talking about the blob of clay in the background....lala dada"

      It's A BLOCK OF CLAY!!! So stop crying and get a job!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Uhhh no.

        The front car is an S7 like the Bruce Almighty car.

        The car in the BACK, yeah the one made out of clay, is a totally different design!

        And pretty damn good looking too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Do it!!!!!!! The lines on that mold look very promising....can't wait!
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks a little like the McLaren F1 and an F430 mated... a little...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nah, I reckon it looks like an Infiniti G35...

        /sarcasm
      Carlos
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know what it is, but it looks much cleaner than the S7. I love the S7s looks, but way too many gills for me. It would be great if Saleen built a ZR1 fighter. Sub 2700lbs weight, with a tube frame chassis with an integrated roll cage, 400whp, V8, with a DCT, and I'll take mine in blood red with silver flakes in the paint. Thanks!
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