• Sep 17, 2009

SMS Car Show and Open House - Click above for a high-res image gallery

It's tradition for Steve Saleen to hold his annual open house and car show at the end of the summer, and while he's no longer with the company he originally founded, that's not stopping him from holding the event. The new SMS Supercars facility in Corona, CA was completed just in time to host more than 100 Mustang and Challenger owners who got a first look at Steve's new headquarters this past weekend.

SMS's chief creative officer Phil Frank showed us around the facility, which includes offices named after racetracks where the Saleen S7R has won, a production line that can complete 5-6 cars per week in its current state, R&D departments, and more. Currently only the 570 Challenger is being built (a Mustang and a Camaro are on their way, and we spotted two covered prototypes tucked away in a corner of the building), including some with unique paint jobs like Lime Green. We also have to say that Lizstick Red looks just as good on the Challenger as it does on the Mustang.

Frank also let us in on a few of the company's future plans, including the fact that SMS intends to build a new supercar from the ground up once the production of the Mustang and Camaro is underway. It is still undecided whether it will be a supercar like the S7 or something like a less expensive track day car, but either way we would be excited to see another unique car with Steve Saleen behind it.

Although not as big as Saleen's old Irvine facility (let's call it more streamlined and efficient), the new SMS building has that same exciting atmosphere about it. We can definitely see ourselves stopping by every time we're in the area to see if we can spot any new cars or to check out the vehicles currently being built. Of course, we'll always have a camera in hand as we did today, so enjoy what will most likely be the first of many photos from the new SMS Supercars facility in the high-res gallery below.



Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I love that 570 Challenger in blue or that "Lizstick Red."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Steve Saleen suffers from the same onslaught of name butchering as Bobby Generic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog, where are you at with the notice of this car show before it happens! I would have been out there for sure.

      The lime green Challenger looks hot...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why does it say SMS Communications on the building?
      • 5 Years Ago
      after over a year of phone calls and letters sms has still yet to return a phone call or letter,not mention a $2000 deposit.not a drop of common courtesy at that company,just lies.looks great on the outside and thats where it ends
        Trent
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yep they left my company owing lots and lots of money who no returned calls. Stay far away from this place.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just added the SMS Supercharger to my 2008 3/4 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 & will be putting it to the TEST. I will let everyone know how it performs to my standers. I have a Supercharged Viper SRT-10, Charger SRT-8 that have another companies Supercharger on them, let’s put them to the test, on each other and see how SMS will do...

      I will let everyone know who is on top and who the bitch.....is

      Check back next week, and as far as ULGY, none of Steve's cars are ulgy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hot Wheels!
      • 5 Years Ago
      These cars are the most beautiful cars in the world,and I'm Italian non American.
      The people who said these cars are ugly probably have their ass in place of their eyes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      when it comes to overpriced overhyped underdelivering underwhelming vehicles, nobody can top saleen
      • 5 Years Ago
      I didnt see the saleen S7 in any of the pics besides the frame. I am still not digging the SMS it sounds like instant messaging or something like that. The cars are beautiful none the less.
      • 5 Years Ago
      any word on the lawsuit with Saleen trying to take back its name? lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm Corona,Ca starting to become a mecca of sort for Automotive Companies mainly Performance ones..
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