• Feb 28th 2008 at 7:58AM
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While its custom Mustangs continue to astound, Saleen has long since emerged from the field of aftermarket tuners and established itself as a genuine American supercar maker, having produced such heart-racing exotics as the Saleen S7 and Ford GT. With both now out of production, Saleen is preparing for its next supercar to rival Europe's best.

Back in November we brought you a photo of an intriguing clay model in Saleen's Irvine, California plant, and now details are coming into focus. Dubbed the S5S Raptor, Saleen will bring its newest creation to the New York Auto Show later next month. The Raptor is tipped to feature a 5-liter supercharged V8 running on E85 ethanol. To keep the weight down, Saleen will build the chassis from aluminum and the body panels from composites, helping the lightweight S5S Raptor reach speeds of over 200 mph. They might as well have called it "rapture", because we can't wait to see the newest American supercar in the flesh.

[Source: AutoWeek via World Car Fans]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Great post, The new Saleen is good at puting spin on a company that died last June.
      The new managmet (asc) has no clue on how to run Saleen.
      Steve, Billy, John, will have the real car very soon!
      • 7 Years Ago
      ...Just to the second to last sentence. While light weight is important for all other aspects of performance, it is not helpful in attaining top speed. The car needs a level of down-force to keep tires in good contact with the road, and if this comes from aerodynamic features, rather than gravity, it will impact top speed performance negatively.
      I don't recall Saleen being involved with the GT- more so Roush and SVO, but tell me if you know otherwise.
        • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Ford Gt was not just painted at SALEEN, this car or I should say chassis was brought in raw and went out the door after being painted, wired, assembled with all interior, hardware, wiring and other components except the engine. The engine was what Wixom put on the car, along with some scratches and/or dings that needed to be sent back to Saleen. So for you to say that SALEEN painted some panels is very untrue for. Maybe you should have taken a tour of the place when GT was there and then maybe you would know.
        • 7 Years Ago
        In 2003 Ford chose Saleen, Inc. as one of the key suppliers to the Ford GT. To build this low-volume super car, Chris Theodore, Ford’s vice president of product development assembled a team of performance engineering experts, such as Saleen, with the skills to deliver and the knowledge to get things done within Ford while operating outside the established system.

        Many of the assembly processes already employed by Saleen to manufacture its Mustang, Saleen S331 Sport Truck and S7 models will be used for the paint and vehicle assembly responsibilities Saleen will assume for the new Ford GT.

        To provide these services to Ford, Saleen has opened a nearly 200,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Troy, Michigan known as Saleen, Troy. Housed in this building are a highly efficient GT assembly line, state-of-the-art painting facilities and a group of highly creative and specialized designers, engineers and fabricators capable of producing one-off show cars such as the critically acclaimed 2005 Ford Mustang GT-R.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Not sure where you got that "press release" as Ford GT production ended before the Saleen S331 sport truck production ever began...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Chris Theodore couldn't carry Billy Tally's lunch box!
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks like an audi
      • 7 Years Ago
      Raptor?... more like "Craptor"
      • 7 Years Ago
      Supercar manufacturers have started using E85 for it's performance benefits not its environmental ones. E85 has a higher octane than regular gas and cools the cumbustion chambers. Just look at what renowned supercar maker Koenigsegg has done with its CCXR. Just by swithing their 800bhp CCX motor over to E85 Biofuel they have acheived an unprecedented 1018bhp.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Saleen has no Steve Saleen

      Saleen has no CASH

      Saleen has no CAR
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ahhhh, E85! When will people realize it's not God's gift to our gasoline problems? It creates more problems financially and for the environment than anyone (in America) seems to care to admit. I'd rather have our farmland used for food production than bad gas, and it's not like clearing more farmland for crops to make ethanol is a good idea. It's certainly not good for the environment... but no one cares to let the American public know this, so we're brainwashed into thinking it's soooo good. I call BS on Ethanol.

      And here's just the most recent effect of increased Ethanol demand:

        • 7 Years Ago
        This always comes up- The forst thing the article states is that the last 20% jump came from Kazakstan (I knew about their Potassium exports, but THIS?) cutting exports. As long as we still have empty farmland and crops are being subsidized, we haven't reached an honest equilibrium.
        The price of tortillias didn't rise 400% because of the corn prices doubling- that itself is nonsense.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yep, exactly. E85 is a bunch of crap that got a few votes for farm state politions and some feel-good time for liberals.
      worked there 2
      • 7 Years Ago
      If i were in the market for a supercar i would wait and save my money for whatever the REAL Saleen comes out with next. All the Style and Experienced engineering left with him. They built cars with alot of years experience in racing and proven technology, not to mention better style and functionality. I also agree about the lunchbox,, i dont think he could even fill half a shoe! It doesnt take alot of experience to rebuild a car that was allready made 50 years ago, or make sunroofs for cars. Anyways, I guess im just a true loyal Saleen fan and thats just my two cents.
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks good, al long as they offer a normal gasoline engine as well.
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