Canadian Saleen Focus used to promote Sony Explod products surfaces.
[Source: Lee Reese and Greg Wackett]
Number of Cylinders: 4
Body Type: Hatchback
Trim: ZX3 Hatchback 3-Door
Engine: 2.0L 121Cu. In. l4 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated
Vehicle Title: Clear
Drive Type: FWD
Options: Leather Seats, CD Player
Power Options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
Exterior Color: Silver
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Interior Color: Black
For Sale By: Speed Sports Racing
eBay #: 391148466506
2005 Saleen S121 Focus N20
Factory build number 079
Steve Saleen wanted to build a car for the Gen-Y’rs that were into the Fast and Furious crowd.
But it had to be up to Saleen’s standards for all aspects of Handling, Performance, Saleen’s unique styling and most importantly raw horsepower.
The Stock Focus is tuned from the mild 152 hp to 227 with the shot of factory installed No2 nitrous oxide proudly displayed in the trunk.
This 2 owner S121 #079 was never been abused or hot-rodded. It has been the pride of a Saleen collection. The N02 has never been hooked up or used for the entire 58k miles.
This car has always been garaged and regularly serviced. It comes with all original books, manuals and all keys. It is all stock down to the license plate frame.
Please Give Josh 503 475 8078 or Matt 503 819 9007
By: MARK VAUGHN on October 13, 2008
Original Article: AUTOWEEK, VOL. 58, ISSUE 41
Yet Another Limited-Edition Mustang
Despite numerous executive departures from Saleen in the last month or two, the company is still making new products. This one could be the last special-edition Mustang… until the reskinned, reengineered 2010 Mustang debuts at the Los Angeles auto show in November with a corral full of them.
The Saleen Dark Horse Extreme Edition follows on the heels-or is it the hooves?-of the Sterling Edition and Gurney Signature Edition Mustangs from Saleen. The Dark Horse offers the same impressive supercharged 620 hp as the Sterling, but comes wrapped in its own sinister black exterior. Under the SuperShaker hood scoop is a 302-cubic-inch Ford V8 with Saleen port-matched Series VI integrated screw-type supercharger, forged-aluminum pistons, forged-steel connecting rods and a forged-steel crank. The hood scoop supposedly delivers 0.5 psi of boost all by itself.
Saleen will make only 25 Dark Horses, as many as five of which will be convertibles. Sticker price is $89,995. They go into production in November, with sales starting that same month.
If you don’t have $90,000 of disposable income, consider Saleen’s Racecraft division. A Racecraft 420S offers 420 hp and a few other amenities for “just” $38,000.
Even more affordable will be the coming Racecraft Focus, expected shortly after the new production Ford Focus debuts in 2010. The Racecraft version will come in a normally aspirated version with handling and cosmetic improvements for $20,199, while the turbocharged version will offer “between 200 hp and 250 hp” for between $23,000 and $24,000. Production plans call for 50 to 75 a month, all of them 50-states legal.
By: GRAEME FLETCHER on May 20, 2005
Original Article: WINNIPEG FREE PRESS (MB)
New models given a few nips and tucks
TREMBLANT, Que. — After its launch for the 2000 model year, the Ford Focus might have been more aptly named the Ford Recall — it went through so many it boggles the mind. That was then, this is now. Not only has its quality been improved — J.D. Power & Associates now ranks the lineup as “above average” and on par with the well-respected Honda Civic — it has the power and handling it cried out for from the beginning.
As before, there are three- and five-door hatchbacks, a four-door sedan and a wagon.
Rather than being a full-on model change, the 2005 Focus underwent some nips and tucks — the upcoming 2006 models, available in August, follow this lead, adding a new in-dash, CD/MP3 player and, taking a page out of Mazda’s book, a ground-effects package (the GFX pack). This adds front and rear air dams, rocker extensions and a rear spoiler. It will be standard on the ’06 Focus ST — offered in sedan guise and capped at five per cent of production, which is done to protect the company’s corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) rating — and optional on all other models.
The good news is that Saleen, a highly respected manufacturer/tuner, offers an over-the-top kit for the three-door ZX3 — the Saleen N2O Focus. Along with the cosmetic add-ons — a body kit that adds far more aggressive front and rear fascias, rocker extensions, fender flares and a large spoiler — come some worthwhile functional upgrades.
The N2O on view at Mont-Tremblant was also equipped with Sony’s Xplod sound system (and an extremely gaudy set of decals). This audio package, which includes a video game, is insanely loud (1,400 watts of output power tend to do that) and occupies most of the trunk.
Lift the hatch and the amplifiers look like one half of a V6 engine — yes, that big. Crank the sucker up and the speakers make the entire car shake: Just make sure you have earplugs in place first.
To understand the significance of the work done to the Saleen, it helps to know how much Ford has improved the ST.
For example, the ST shares its front struts and multi-link rear suspension with the other models, but the tuning is 50 per cent stiffer thanks to the use of the European Focus’s ST170 shocks and springs, and it rides on larger 205/50R16 tires.
As a result, when flogged around Tremblant’s challenging race track, the ST responds to input surprisingly well. Certainly it understeers, and there is some body roll, but neither gets to the point where the driver starts to pucker up.
Likewise, the steering is both communicative and precise, pointing the car into a turn with poise — all of which means the ST is more than up to chasing its competition around a fast corner.
The N2O Focus adds a cross-car brace under the hood, ups the spring and damping rates by a further 30 per cent, firms the anti-roll bars and fits massive 215/45ZR17 rubber to attractive alloy wheels.
The result is a car that rides flatter than gravy on a plate without beating up the passengers on a rough road. Sadly, a track session was not in the cards, as that Sony sound system added the equivalent of two linebackers to the back end of the car, hardly the best way to ensure nimble road manners.
A choice of two upgraded engines power the Focus. The base 2.0-litre engine gets a much-needed hike in horsepower (24 per cent) from a pedestrian 110 to a usable 136.
At the same time, the Duratec 20 drops tailpipe emissions by a whopping 50 per cent, while marginally improving fuel economy, which is the automotive equivalent of the Triple Crown.
The ST uses the Duratec 23 — a 151-hp, 2.3L four. It is essentially the same engine used in the uplevel Mazda3 and Mazda6, thus bringing instant credibility and even better performance. The 153 pound-feet of torque on tap hauls the 1,214-kilogram ST off the line with more authority and on to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds.
The Saleen Focus takes a slightly different route to performance — a modified air intake and exhaust system adds 18 hp to the base 2.0L, its 154 hp giving it more grunt than the 2.3L engine. It also punches out 150 lb-ft of torque through a taller 3.82:1 final drive, which makes it feel even livelier.
There is, however, a gripe with both the ST and the N2O — they are 20 or more horsepower and one gear shy of the key competition.
The Corolla XRS has 170 hp, the Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 175 and both drive their front wheels through six-speed manual gearboxes. To counter this, Ford is actively looking at performance improvements — both turbocharged and supercharged engines have been built and are being tested. Stay tuned.
Once the poor relation in the compact segment, the reworked Focus is now a well-conceived and executed set of wheels.
It may not outdo the competition, but it is more than a match. Prices range from $16,695 for the base to $24,045 for the ST. As for the Saleen N2O kit, it adds $9,000 to the ZX3’s $17,555 retail price.
Given my druthers, I would take the functional aspects and forget the cosmetic stuff. This would deliver a car as affordable as it is capable.
–CanWest News Service
Engine: 2.3L DOHC four-cylinder
Power: 151 hp, 154 lb-ft of torque
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Price as tested: $24,045
Engine: 2.0L DOHC four-cylinder
Power: 154 hp, 150 lb-ft of torque
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Price as tested: $26,555 (est.)
All The Expected Saleen Fun-to-Drive Characteristics And A Very Affordable Price
DETROIT, Jan. 11, 2005…When Saleen introduced the N2O Focus last year, we were delighted by its immediate acceptance by the ‘Fast and Furious’ sport compact crowd. Equipped with chassis, engine and aero components developed from Saleen’s two decades of racing a nd the manufacturing of fully certified high-performance street machines such as the Saleen S281 Mustangs, the N2O Focus offers a dynamic driving experience featuring 150 horses in a great-looking package.
Of course the ‘Fast and Furious’ customers loved the extra rush of power when they tipped into the N2O’s nitrous bottle. But then a funny thing happened. We discovered that the N2O Focus had a much broader appeal than we expected. Enthusiasts of every age were buying the N2O Focus.
These sophisticated buyers were telling us they might otherwise have chosen a Mini Cooper or an Acura RSX. They also told us they are much more likely to check the option boxes for the extreme performance Pirelli Corsa summer tires and the Saleen high-performance 12-inch front brake system than they are to flip the switch that activates the Saleen designed, engineered and fully integrated nitrous system. These are Saleen customers who find the N2O’s 150 bhp and 150 lb-ft of torque more than sufficient for their kind of performance driving.
So to meet these demands, Saleen is introducing a second Focus model for 2005, the S121 Focus. Under the hood is the same new 2.0-liter, all-aluminum, doubleoverhead-cam, 4-valve, 4-cyliner engine found in the N2O minus the nitrous system. It’s equipped with the same free-flowing Saleen performance center exhaust system used with the N2O and the 4-cylinder is connected to a slick-shifting manual with a performance 3.82:1 final-drive ratio identical to the one used in the N2O Focus. Just what the doctor ordered for aggressive launches and close-ratio shifts.
Both models are perfectly content running on less expensive 87-octane fuel. But premium 91-octane fuel is recommended for the N2O for maximum power with the nitrous.
Lurking underneath the S121 Focus is the identical Racecraft suspension found on the N2O. Included are Saleen front and rear springs, N2 struts, anti-roll (stabilizer) bars and pivot bushings. At each corner is a 17 x 7-inch aluminum alloy wheel and a high performance Pirelli tire, 215/40ZR17s up front and 215/45ZR17s at the rear. Under the hood you’ll find a Saleen strut tower brace bolted across the engine compartment to stiffen the chassis and provide more precise steering and handling. Finishing touches include a Saleen high-performance wheel alignment and a precision calibrated chassis.
The S121’s rear spoiler versus the N2O’s bi-plane rear wing differentiates the two models externally. The N2O also has a hood scoop not available on the S121. Otherwise the aero packages are identical.
Inside, both models are identically equipped and detailed with special Saleen features including a speedometer with white-faced gauges, performance driving pedals, short throw shifter, shift knob, custom floor mats, various trim accents and, obviously, unique identification and badging for each of the models.
Every S121 is available with every option—12-inch-brake system, Pirelli Corsa tires, Saleen Powertech entertainment system, special paint colors—offered on the N2O.
So now there are two Saleen Focus models to choose from. Both provide handling, performance, style, sophistication, refinement and the pure driving pleasure expected of every Saleen automobile. The N2O offers 75 extra horses “on demand” when you open the nitrous barn door, and it’s affordably priced at $26,519. The new S121 Focus is also a great value at an even lower price of $24,445.
Ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy the dilemma!
Performance, Style, Sophistication, Fun.
The Saleen N2O Focus Is All that Plus a Great Value
Introduced only last year, the Saleen N2O Focus has already proved it’s got the muscles to back up its chiseled looks in the highly competitive sports compact market place. Equipped with the handling, aerodynamics, power and styling for which every Saleen automobile is famous, the N2O Focus sports one other innovative feature: an engine that comes “nitrous ready.” This is no add-on aftermarket kit. Rather it’s a fully integrated system, designed and engineered by Saleen’s factory engineers. It’s installed right on the assembly line in the Saleen factory as the N2O focus is being built. You can’t purchase a similar system from any other car manufacturer.
“During development we evaluated both turbocharging and supercharging, but our real world research out on the ‘streets’ led us to the nitrous ready concept,” said Steve Saleen. “As we expected, the N2O Focus has been a hit with Gen Y buyers. They like being able to purchase it from a fully certified Saleen dealer,” Saleen continued. “They also appreciate the ability to finance the car. And that, unlike most other similar cars, it comes fully equipped so they don’t have to lay out several thousand dollars after taking delivery to add all the performance features we build into every N2O Focus at the factory.
“But while the N2O Focus has succeeded in attracting the 2Fast 2Furious crowd, we’ve also discovered the car has much broader appeal. Enthusiasts from age 16 to 96 are buying the N2O Focus. These are sophisticated performance buyers who tell us they might otherwise have chosen a Mini Cooper or an Acura RSX.
“A lot of our N2O Focus customers really like our industry-leading ‘power on demand’ concept,” Saleen added. “Flip a switch and you’ve got an extra 75 horsepower under your right foot. For those other times, you can enjoy the fun of tooling around and looking ‘bad’ in a high-performance sport coupe that’s also giving you more than 30 miles per gallon.”
Engine & Transmission
Under the hood of the N2O Focus for 2005 lurks a new 2.0-liter all-aluminum, doubleoverhead-cam, 4-valve-per-cylinder, 4-cylinder engine. It is equipped with a low-restriction air intake tube designed for “heavy breathing” and a free-flowing Saleen performance center exhaust system. You, your passengers and those pedestrians lucky enough to be in the vicinity when you motor on by will be serenaded by some of the loveliest intake and exhaust notes street side of a Cosworth 4-cylinder racing engine.
The engine is fitted with various nitrous compatible elements, including a 10-lb bottle mounted in the trunk, plumbing, wiring and a special Saleen PowerFlash performance computer—a sophisticated Saleen-designed engine management control system—that determines the precise fuel, air, and spark requirement for every running condition. The N2O Focus is perfectly content running on less expensive 87-octane fuel. But premium 91-octane fuel is recommended for maximum power with the nitrous.
“Nitrous ready” means that before the N2O owner will be able to smoke the front tires, he or she will have to fill the nitrous bottle, provide the main hose to the engine and hook up some wiring. This activity will require about an hour’s worth of time.
For short bursts, the “75 horsepower nitrous kit” will turn the 150-bhp 2.0-liter Focus into a 225-bhp screamer, capable of running the quarter mile in 14 sec at 96 mph and rocketing from 0-60 mph in 5.8 sec.
And we thought you might be interested in knowing that the 4-cylinder’s robust 150 lb-ft of torque leaps to a even more muscular 250 lb-ft when you “juice” the engine. Saleen’s engine wizards have calibrated the N2O’s engine so that the nitrous “comes on” around 3,000 rpm and shuts off at 200 rpm below maximum revs to prevent any harmful backfires that could occur when the driver lifts off the throttle between upshifts. Saleen engineers have thought of everything: a healthy dose of extra power along with measures to help ensure engine longevity.
The 4-cylinder is mated to a slick-shifting 5-speed manual with a performance 3.82:1 final-drive ratio. Just what the doctor ordered for aggressive launches and close-ratio shifts.
Chassis & Suspension
Every N2O Focus leaves the factory with a high-performance Saleen-engineered Racecraft suspension. It starts with special linear-rate front and rear coil springs and Saleen N2 front struts and rear shocks that are street and track tested to provide the athletic ride and handling characteristics for which every Saleen is famous. To control body roll, there’s a Saleen-engineered sway (anti-roll) bar at each end of the car with special urethane bushings designed to reduce compliance in the system, resulting in even more immediate and more precise anti-roll bar actuation. Under the hood you’ll find a Saleen strut tower brace bolted across the engine compartment to stiffen the chassis and provide more precise steering and handling. Finishing touches include a Saleen high-performance wheel alignment and a precision calibrated chassis.
To assure a perfect balance between “going” and “slowing,” Saleen engineers place as much emphasis on the N2O’s braking system as they do on engine performance. For 2005 the vented front rotors are increased in diameter from 10.2 inches up to 10.9 inches for even greater stopping power. At the rear the Focus has 8.0-inch drums. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) and traction control are optional.
New for 2005 is an available Saleen-designed 12-inch brake system consisting of grooved and vented front rotors with Saleen black powder coated 4-piston calipers. These brakes dramatically reduce stopping distances. And the powder coating on the calipers is another subtle styling touch that adds to the N2O’s eye-catching looks.
Wheels & Tires
Saleen aluminum alloy 17 x 7-inch alloy wheels are found at all four corners of the Focus. Providing the impressive grip and stick are Pirelli P Zero high-performance radials, 215/40ZR17 up front and 215/45ZR17 at the rear.
For those requiring the ultimate in race-track-like grip for the street, Saleen offers special Pirelli Corsa extreme performance summer tires incorporating the latest in technology in construction and compound for maximum handling, acceleration and braking for the most extreme performance requirements. These are the same tires Ferrari specifies for the cars in the Ferrari racing series.
Just as every Saleen automobile—S281, N2O Focus, S7—contains unique Saleen performance DNA, so does every Saleen exude a look of sophisticated performance that makes it immediately recognizable as a “Saleen.” At Saleen, aerodynamics and exterior design are inseparable, and for the Focus this includes a race-inspired aero package consisting of Saleen-designed front and rear fascias, side skirts, fender flares, a hood scoop and a Saleen bi-plane rear wing. Look closely and you’ll notice that for 2005 the front splitter has been lowered slightly for an even more aggressive appearance.
You’ll also find Saleen-designed side and windshield graphics, championship wreath decals and identification, including a fender badge and a serialized front bumper number. Any association you draw between the N2O Focus and the cars competing in the World Rally Championship is purely intentional.
For personalization purposes, Saleen offers the N2O buyer a choice of nine standard exterior colors and nine special BASF colors, including Saleen Extreme Rainbow, a rainbow of clearcoat colors that will set your Focus apart from any other on this planet.
The interior of the Saleen Focus combines business—performance driving—with function, elegance and comfort. The Saleen front sport seats are covered in leather and contoured to grip your body when accelerating, braking and cornering. The sporty head restraints are flush-fitting and include an embossed “Saleen” logo as an elegant finishing touch. A leather wrapped steering wheel is standard and it features tilt and telescopic adjustments.
There’s a fresh new look to the instrument panel with a Saleen speedometer, whitefaced gauges and painted accents that carry over to the door surrounds. To this Saleen adds performance driving pedals, including a gas pedal, which is new for 2005, along with a shortthrow shifter and a redesigned, easy-to-grip Saleen shift knob. Under your feet are custom floor mats and you are surrounded by custom trim accents and N2O Focus graphics and identification. Also standard are a Saleen key fob and an Eagle One detail kit.
Naturally, there’s a Saleen serialized console plaque along with a serialized engine bay plaque to uniquely identify each N2O Focus as an authentic Saleen-manufactured automobile that complies with all applicable Federal safety and emissions requirements. It also identifies the discriminating owner as belonging to an exclusive club, one whose members ascribe to the philosophy of “Power in the Hands of a Few,” not to mention (but we will) the bragging rights and the high resale value that accompany the purchase of any Saleen automotive product.
Every Saleen N2O Focus comes standard with an AM/FM, 6-disc, in-dash CD changer with 4-speakers and a digital clock. But if this doesn’t sound like enough in the sound department, you can move up to a Saleen PowerTech entertainment system featuring Alpine’s latest high-end offering for in-vehicle entertainment. It features an automated (touch feedback) flip screen, AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3 capability and a Kevlar, coned, 10-inch subwoofer along with a 350-watt sub-woofer amplifier. The system is complimented by the addition of four 5 x 7-inch 2-way speakers powered by a “V-Power” amplifier. It comes complete with a trunk-mounted, Saleen integrated sub-woofer amplifier and under-glass neon lighting.
This Saleen PowerTech entertainment system can be combined with a rear-wingmounted camera similar to the one mounted at the rear of the S7. When “on,” the camera provides a wide-angle field of vision behind the Focus, supplementing the conventional rear view mirror when the Focus is in reverse gear.
Also available for 2005 is a Saleen performance data logger that records and displays performance data for acceleration, braking and lateral g-loads. It’s just the thing for wowing your passengers with the N2O’s g-whiz attitude.
Carrying a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $26,519, the Saleen N2O Focus combines classic Saleen performance, styling and sophistication with outstanding value.
IRVINE, Calif., April 17, 2002 – The sparkling yellow Focus inside Saleen’s massive production facility looks almost out of place amongst the backdrop of colorful S281 and S7 production cars sitting next to it. At once both stylish and aggressive, the recently completed coupe perfectly reflects the company’s increased concentration on the future direction of its Saleen aftermarket sales division.
Building upon Saleen’s legacy for creating vehicles with high performance and functional style, the company has announced the availability of the first group of performance parts for the Focus ZX3 coupe. Company engineers and stylists have worked their unique Saleen magic on an extensive line of new products for the popular Ford Focus. In keeping with Saleen’s motorsports heritage, many of the new performance offerings are designed to enhance power and handling, as well as overall vehicle appearance.
The Saleen-prepared Focus includes a diverse assortment of new Saleen products including the “Series 3” aerodynamics package, a complete Racecraft suspension kit featuring adjustable coil-over shocks and a front strut tower brace, a rich leather Saleen interior, a custom performance exhaust, high-performance Pirelli P Zero tires, and 18 x 7-inch alloy wheels, along with a Saleen-designed graphics package.
“We are very proud of our new Focus aftermarket parts program,” explained Steve Saleen, president, Saleen Inc. “It is our objective to provide only the finest in parts and customer service to the discriminating enthusiast. This program is designed to be a very strategic, longterm project that retains our passion for performance. After almost 20 years of producing some of the finest specialty vehicles on the market, it is time to strategically and aggressively grow the Saleen brand to a larger audience.”
The Saleen Focus program introduces a wide variety of new part numbers to the company’s performance line-up. The company will capitalize on a variety of its well established, in-house design and manufacturing capabilities to develop an extensive line of Saleen components including aerodynamics, suspensions, engines, drivelines, brakes, interiors, graphics, merchandising and competition parts. Saleen “PowerFlash” engine kits, Saleen “Series II” superchargers and the company’s impressive “MaxGrip” limited-slip differentials are also slated to be part of the overall product mix.
Saleen Parts Division
Since August of 2000, Saleen’s newly revitalized performance parts division has sustained high double-digit growth. A comprehensive e-commerce web site (www.saleen.com) and an upscale catalog were introduced last year.
A cornerstone of the new Saleen business model is a dedication to the entrepreneurial spirit that is considered vital to successfully reaching the aftermarket consumer. Thanks to its history of providing high-performance enthusiasts with passionate and exciting specialty vehicles, Saleen understands the importance of actively interacting with its target audience.
“Our objective with Saleen’s aftermarket parts division is really very simple,” explains John Dillon, VP and general manager of the division. “We want to offer the Saleen consumer experience to a broader range of car enthusiasts like ourselves. This will take some very active brand management, staying closely attuned to the market and bringing new products to our customers in a timely fashion. Most importantly, we always have to remember the things that have made the Saleen name so vibrant for nearly two decades.”
For ordering information, pricing and availability, please call 800-888-8945 or visit the Saleen web site (www.saleen.com).