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NEW RACECRAFT 420S OUTFITTED WITH BRIDGESTONE-BRAND POTENZA TIRES

NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 28, 2008 — The 2008/2009 Racecraft 420S Mustang, unveiled by Saleen Inc. on Saturday, July 26 during Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is equipped with Bridgestone-brand Potenza tires.

The first model in Saleen’s new Racecraft performance vehicle brand lineup, the 420S comes with Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position™ tires in size 275/40R18 99W.

The tire was designed to give sports car owners a solid all-season performer that can keep pace when the weather switches gears. With exclusive UNI-T™ AQII™ technology, the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position delivers in the wet and dry, even as the tire wears, and contains silica – in a specially formulated and processed compound that improves traction – and a leading edge sipe for enhanced adaptability in wet or dry conditions.

“We are excited about offering the premium performance technology of the Bridgestone brand on the ultra sporty and highly acclaimed Racecraft 420S,” said Michael Martini, President, Consumer OE Tire Division, Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT). “The union of Bridgestone and Saleen is a match 420S Mustang owners will appreciate from the street to the track.”

Racecraft is Saleen’s value-oriented performance brand. The 420S, priced below $40,000, represents for many enthusiasts their first opportunity to own a Saleen-manufactured vehicle.

“The Racecraft moniker has been synonymous with Saleen performance since the first Saleen Mustang. The Bridgestone-brand Potenza tires are a perfect fit with our Racecraft performance line of vehicles. We anticipate long term success with this brand and are looking forward to partnering with Bridgestone,” said Marques McCammon, General Manager, Saleen Automotive.

Armed with a 4.6L supercharged V8 engine, the Racecraft 420S produces 420 horsepower and 400 lbs.-ft. torque. The car is also highly customizable with an array of offerings from the company’s SpeedLab division.

About Saleen:

Since the company’s inception in 1984, Saleen has produced over 12,000 complete and EPA certified, specialty vehicles, more than any other specialty automobile manufacturer. In addition, Saleen has equipped more than 600,000 vehicles worldwide, further emphasizing their capabilities and commitment to excellence. A nine-time Manufacturers’ Champion in GT sports car racing, Saleen manufactured the American super car — the Saleen S7, as well as the S281 Mustang, S331 Sport Truck and the Saleen/Parnelli Jones Limited Edition Mustang. Saleen’s manufacturing facilities are located in Troy, Michigan. The Michigan facility has also just completed all paint and assembly of the Ford GT as a special project for Ford Motor Company and currently is providing paint and subassembly for the Dodge Viper SRT-10.

UPDATE: 07-0022H SPEEDLAB 302

Update from Bob.

Dave,

I have managed to get to two Saleen events at dealerships; one in Niles, MI where they had the S7 and S5 on display as well as the New Hudson, MI event. The only car show I have managed to get the vehicle in was the Carnival of Cars at the Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township, MI. I received an award/placard for “most outstanding vehicle” in my class.

I have attached some photo’s taken just before and most recent (two of which are at a classic show at Coyote Joe’s Friday event). I also included a “spy” photo of my car while in Troy. You can see the corporate Parnelli car next to mine. On the other side was a red S7 under a plastic cover.

I know it’s late, I will still send you two or three “quality” photo’s in a nice spot with proper lighting. I was hoping to have the Nitto’s with stretched Heritage rims on for them as well. This is due to be complete on Wednesday.

Ps. Since I have also met three additional Saleen enthusiasts with vehicles and hope to attend an event with all present (2 SN95 bodies both SC’s and one 2005 S281SC)

Regards,
Bob McQueen

RAINBOW S281 SC (07-0171) AT THE SALEEN STORE

I was cleaning house and found a little video I took of 07-0171 when it was at The Saleen Store on display last year…

It’s not the best video, but thought I’d surprise the owner with it!

(I miss The Saleen Store.)

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DAN GURNEY SIGNATURE EVENT AT GALPIN FORD: JUNE 13, 2008

Saleen / Dan Gurney Edition
Saleen / Dan Gurney Edition

Saleen cordially invites SOEC members and Saleen owners to attend — if you can bring your Saleen to show off, that would be great!

Hosted at Galpin Ford, Dan Gurney will be present for autographs and to show off his Dan Gurney Signature Edition Saleen. Also present will be Saleen executives.

Public hours from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Galpin Ford.

Saleen owners are encouraged to attend — please RSVP if possible to jimd@soec.org or 714-369-8621.

Galpin Ford
15505 Roscoe Blvd
North Hills, CA 91343
Driving Directions
Tel: 800-256-7137

For more information on the Dan Gurney Signature Edition, please visit http://www.saleen.com/gurney/

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A LOOK AT 07-0022H SPEEDLAB 302

A note from Bob McQueen regarding his recently delivered Speedlab modified 2007 Heritage Edition.

Dave,

I just got the car back and have not had an opportunity to take any “quality” photos; but I do have some. The car is a 2007 Heritage bumper #22. It was purchased from Russ Milne Ford with the side window delete, rear window sport louver, 373 rear gear, and the 475hp supercharger was added before I took delivery. After driving the car it did not take long for me to realize that I was into the rev limiter extremely fast and although the car was extremely nimble I missed the higher torque range I had been accustomed to with vehicles previously owned. After reviewing information with Keith Batko the General Manager of Russ Milne Ford (I call him Mr. Mustang as he not only has vast knowledge of Mustangs and Saleen products but has one of the larger collections in Michigan) I decided to have the car sent back to Saleen for the engine to be pulled and stroked to the H302 specifications with forged internals, increased intercooling capacity, additional fuel delivery, and performance clutch. Saleen recommended that I upgrade to the 6 speed Tremec transmission but I was already beyond my budget so I chose not to opt for that this year (I had also added the front brake system, Watts Linkage at the rear, Rockford Fossgate sound system and painted valve covers with Saleen logo for the shows, H302 hood for added cooling, and Saleen gas door). For this reason the motor is not tuned to capacity as Saleen did not feel comfortable with the stock transmission.

With the changes made all I can say is that this car is wicked. It handles better than I could have imagined and the power is phenomenal. Next year I will certainly add the Tremec, tune, and some tires that will handle the power and suspension! This car offers the best of two worlds; style and handling; Muscle and power!

Bob McQueen

SHORT TORQUE

By: JAMES BRESNEHAN on April 15, 2008
Original Article: MERCURY, THE (HOBART)

BY the time Targa finishes on Sunday, its competitors and officials will be running on empty thanks to long days, numerous social occasions and 2000km of competition.

But even before Targa kicked off with the prologue in George Town today, event director Mark Perry was out of gas — thanks to his work car.

Perry did not even make it out of the driveway of his hotel when his car conked out yesterday. He was sprung pushing it to the side of the road and trying to hitch a ride.

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AN incredible $8.5 million worth of automotive ambrosia turned up at Symmons Plains yesterday to take Targa sponsors and VIPs for a spin.

The showcase included the $1.5 million Pagani Zonda supercar, a $500,000 Porsche GT2, two $400,000 Lamborghini Gallardos, a $200,000 Nissan GT-R, and two $190,000 Mustang Saleens from the US.

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Surely a motoring writer fresh to our shores would want to drink in all that is Targa Tasmania on arrival.

Not Peter Hall of the UK’s The Daily Telegraph.

He went straight to Aurora Stadium on Sunday to see the battle between Hawthorn and Adelaide — his first live taste of AFL footy, having been an avid viewer of Aussie Rules on TV back home in England.

THE FRIENDLY GIANT

By: PETE LYONS on April 14, 2008
Original Article: AUTOWEEK, VOL. 58 ISSUE 16

He’s a firm giant, too, and Dan Gurney is making sure more than his name
goes into Saleen’s new Mustang

“If my name’s on it, I want a very user-friendly automobile. It should be able to withstand a certain amount of abuse and still not work up a lot of perspiration. It’s an elusive thing, but it’s well worth reaching for.”

Dan Gurney’s name is indeed on this car, and it sure is a name worth protecting.

That’s why one of the great drivers of American auto-racing history-who is also a longtime manufacturer of race cars (Eagle) and motorcycles (Alligator), though he’s never produced a street car-has been personally involved in developing Saleen Automotive’s new Gurney Signature Edition Mustang.

In particular, Gurney has been insistent that its ride and handling meet his exacting, distinctive standards, never mind that only 300 will be made and selling the entire run probably would require no more than his name.

Not that Saleen CEO Paul Wilbur had any such plot in mind when he approached Gurney about five months ago. A fellow race driver with keen appreciation for the sport’s history, Wilbur certainly knew that Mr. All-American Racer has never been able to keep his hands off his cars-cars that have won in Formula One, IndyCar, GTP and so many other spheres.

So, although this project is a direct follow-up to Saleen’s successful 2007 venture with Parnelli Jones and his own version of the Mustang, Wilbur fully expected Gurney to call for something different.

How different is it? For one thing, the Parnelli edition’s V8 was “honed and bored” to the historic Trans-Am displacement of 302 cubic inches and was rated at 400 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Gurney’s retains the standard 281 cid (4.6 liters) of Ford’s sohc, three-valve engine, but Saleen adds its supercharger package, wherein the belt-driven, twin-screw blower with intercooler nestles neatly in the engine’s V. Power is 465 hp at 5800 rpm, with torque of 425 lb-ft at 4000 rpm.

“It’s a doggone nice engine. It feels good,” is Gurney’s verdict. “And it still feels light.”

The cars differ in style, too. Gurney’s celebrates the two times he raced a Mustang for Shelby American in 1969, before the cars grew separate rear wings. That suits Gurney just fine. “If you have a choice between gaudy and stealth, give me stealth every time.”

True, “stealth” isn’t quite the word for the car’s graphics package, but at least owners will be able to peel off their magnetic number roundels. (The first production car, pictured here, which will become Gurney’s own, had decals applied amid the inevitable rush to make its world premiere at the recent New York auto show.)

There are other unique elements-hood, fascia, interior trim, five-spoke wheels, new Pirelli Corsa tires-but what makes this edition special is Gurney’s personal touch on the suspension. He’s been flogging a mule car on roads and tracks around Southern California, working with Saleen engineers Derk Hartland and Steve Stafford to capture that elusive user-friendliness.

He explains what that means: “Usually, you’re driving below what you consider to be the margins of the particular road. Now, if you have mis-calculated and you find yourself approaching a turn too rapidly, or maybe getting close to driving over the double line, a user-friendly car says, ‘Aw, don’t worry. I’ll just help you turn some more. I still have some margin left.’ That’s a great feeling to have!”

In contrast to many Saleen buyers, who Wilbur says are track-focused and willing to accept a harsher street ride, Gurney wants his signature car to blend high performance with highway comfort. “You’ve got a spectrum,” he says; he wants a full-spectrum car.

Above all, he wants one that doesn’t demand “a high-strung, kind of razor-sharp driver in order to cope with it. If you’re unfamiliar with the road and the conditions, and you find yourself going slightly too fast, if you’re in a car that’s razor-sharp in terms of its reaction to your input, then it can be a serious problem.”

He demonstrated to AutoWeek on an autocross course how close he is to reaching his goals. In his hands, his 001 car is magic, of course, but even in ours, it feels marvelously responsive and quick, predictable and stable, flat and taut but not tight. Yes, it’s very user-friendly, very forgiving. In half a lap, we started throwing it into moves we knew would provoke many others to bark or bite, but this car just seemed to be laughing.

As Gurney quipped through his timeless grin, “Even though you’ve got the tail out, it’s controllable, it doesn’t give up. It gives you confidence that you shouldn’t have!”

Last-minute tuning was ongoing at the time of our test, dialing in the final ride heights and spring and damper rates and differential lockers. And Gurney still had to put his stamp on his car’s open-road, rough-road behavior. What a ride-along that would be …

“This is kind of funny,” he commented. “Here I am approaching 77, wanting to do a signature car. It’s probably something they don’t want to broadcast, how old this old fogy is, but it doesn’t change the sportiness and the user-friendliness and the ‘I’ll work with you’ kind of attitude that the car exhibits, once you get it right, and I think that’s an ageless situation.”

We could not resist asking, does Gurney have any notion of a race-off between his Mustang and that of his old racing rival and enduring good friend Jones? That famous face crinkled again.

“You know, as a joke, when they asked me if I’d do it, I said, ‘Yes, if you can make mine handle better and be a little faster than Parnelli’s.’

“I’m sure Parnelli’s is a very good car. But, we’ll have to see.”