Founded in 1983, Saleen Inc. for a long time she was exclusively engaged in tuning Ford Mustang cars. But in 1999, the Americans turned to the British firm Ray Mallock Limited (RML) with the task of designing a completely independent model.
As a result, just nine months later, the first Saleen S7 saw the light, which debuted at the Monterey Historic Races event in August two thousandth. The model is based on a steel tubular frame, reinforced with honeycomb aluminum panels, and the body panels are made of carbon fiber.
The exterior of the Saleen S7 supercar is made for the sake of aerodynamic efficiency. The company paid special attention to ensuring the car’s stability at high speeds and stable cornering behavior.
And we must pay tribute, they succeeded. And all thanks to the fact that at a speed of 200 km / h, a downforce of 1,200 kg acts on the car (by the way, the Saleen S7 weighs 1,247 kg), and at 300 km / h it doubles.
In addition, the Saleen S7 was the first American mid-engined supercar. British engineers insisted on this decision, and this also had a positive effect on the handling of the model.
It should be noted that the dimensions of the Saleen S7 are 4,775 mm (wheelbase – 2,692), width – 1,981, height – 1,041. The car has two small luggage compartments (front and rear), and the doors open upwards.
Another feature of the Salin 7 supercar is a fairly comfortable interior and good equipment. The interior is finished with genuine Connolly leather and aluminum, the windows have power windows, there is a rear-view camera and air conditioning.
Initially, the supercar was equipped with a 7.0-liter V8 engine with 550 hp. (700 Nm @ 4,000 rpm) based on the standard Ford 351 Windsor block. And in 2005, this engine received two Garrett turbochargers, which increased the output to 750 “horses”, and the peak torque increased to 950 Nm at 4,800 rpm.
Traction is transmitted to the wheels of the rear axle through a 6-speed manual transmission, from zero to one hundred Saleen S7 Twin Turbo accelerates in 2.9 seconds, and its top speed reaches 399 kilometers per hour.
That’s just the price of Saleen S7 Twin Turbo, which at the time of the appearance of this version was an impressive 585,000 dollars, was too high even for those who could afford such a car. Therefore, the supercar did not become commercially successful, and its production was discontinued in 2009.
It is also worth noting that in 2006 the Competition package was released for the Salin 7, which includes an increase in engine power to 1000 hp, as well as a retuned suspension and modified aerodynamics that generate an additional increase in downforce by 33%.
And, of course, one cannot fail to mention the Saleen S7R racing modification, which was produced in the period from 2000 to 2007. Such a car took part in the American Le Mans Series, the FIA GT Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans marathon.