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HAGERTY: THE SCCA RACETRUCK CHALLENGE

The SCCA RaceTruck Challenge was Pole Position Mayhem

By: BENJAMIN HUNTING on October 02, 2018
Original Article: HAGERTY.COM

Long before Stadium Super Trucks entered the global racing consciousness, and in a time predating even NASCAR’s involvement in pickup racing, the Sports Car Club of America unveiled perhaps the most unusual professional class in its long and storied history. It was a tightly-contested battle between the least likely of competitors: high-riding four-cylinder trucks not all that different from what you could drive home right off the showroom floor.

The SCCA RaceTruck Challenge—initially branded by Coors, then redubbed the SCCA Truck Guard Shellzone Challenge a few years later—started in 1987 and ran through 1991. During that time, it gathered together a who’s who of the mini-truck world, including nine different automakers represented (with varying degrees of official sanction) that fought it out over the course of the season across the United States. During its five-year tenure, the series would support both the open-wheel CART championship as well as Trans-Am, in addition to being featured on its own alongside other classes of competition on SCCA weekends.

Nearly stock

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

Like any racing series, the RaceTruck Challenge had its own set of rules. But the list of prohibitions loomed especially large when it came to the degree of modifications that teams were permitted to make to each of the trucks. Striking a balance between a Showroom Stock class and one that recognized that, “Hey, maybe pickups aren’t quite ready to tackle a high speed corner right out of the box,” RaceTrucks were allowed to swap in stiffer bushings, more appropriate shocks, and make a few other tweaks to the vehicle’s suspension. As long as trucks remained eight inches off of the ground, as measured from the rocker panels.

Under the hood, everything had to stay stock, although teams could reassemble or “blueprint” their engines rather than run a sealed factory unit. The trucks were strippers, featuring torn-down interiors and zero options, with A/C and other niceties left off of the order sheet. They ran full cages, race seats, and steering wheels, and used racing pads and shoes. Yes, that means the rear brakes were drums, just like the ones sitting on the dealer lot.

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

Stock horsepower was far from evenly distributed across the models that lineup up for the SCCA RaceTruck Challenge. At one end of the spectrum were pickups like the Dodge Ram 50/Mitsubishi Mighty Max, Jeep Comanche, Mazda B2300 and the Ford Ranger (campaigned under a Saleen badge with none other than Steve Saleen himself behind the wheel), which offered 110–120 ponies, while others from Isuzu were below the century mark. Hovering in between were entries like the Nissan D21 and the Toyota Truck, forcing the SCCA to introduce weight handicapping—sometimes by adding nearly 200 pounds of ballast to the quickest truckst—to even out the field.

Minimal power, maximum fun

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

The racing itself was fun to watch, and if you weren’t able to be there in person during the Racetruck series’ heyday, then you can catch highlights on YouTube. There was banging, sliding, numerous lead changes, and five-wide dashes down the front straight. Not the grippiest of steeds, to be sure (considering their weight concentrated forward of the center axis), nor the most aerodynamic despite air dams and other ground effects, the pickups relied on luck and the skill of their drivers rather than raw power or flashy top speeds to carry the day.

Typically, events ran 25 laps, although on longer and shorter courses that number could be massaged to keep things around the 50-mile mark. Tracks that saw Challenge competition included Mosport, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Mid-Ohio, Texas World Speedway, Las Vegas International, Laguna Seca, and Sears Point.

It was a remarkably even series in terms of both individual accomplishments and the manufacturer standings. Nissan won twice in a row (after having lost by one point to Jeep in 1988), along with two drivers championships (including the inaugural by driver Max Jones). Steve Saleen’s remarkable 5-of-6 win effort sealed the overall crown for Ford in ’91 (previous seasons contained 9–11 races).

While the RaceTruck Challenge was definitely entertaining, the field shrank as time went on, dropping from a high of 19 trucks entered per event during the 1988 season to 10 the final two years. Mitsubishi dropped out by ’89, and Toyota was gone a couple of years later. Flagging interest spelled doom, and 1991 was the final season of the RaceTruck Challenge.

Looking back, looking ahead

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

The legacy of SCCA RaceTrucks soon bore fruit. Jeep would produce the Comanche Eliminator from 1988–92, a two-wheel drive street warrior that delivered 177 horsepower and 224 lb-ft of torque from a 4.0-liter straight six, while Saleen would build a handful of hopped-up Ranger Sport Trucks. Whether GM’s limited experience in the series (the Chevy S-10 was a late entry) would have anything to do with the genesis of the turbocharged GMC Syclone is anyone’s guess, but at the very least the Challenge proved that there was an interest in mini-trucks that did more than just haul.

Looking at the pickup market today reveals intriguing potential for a revival of a similar-type road racing grudge match between brands like Toyota and Nissan, who never gave up on the entry-level truck segment. Meanwhile, Chevy is back with the Colorado and Ford is joining the re-joining the party with the U.S.-market Ranger—both automakers briefly turned their backs on anything smaller than full-size. Although today’s mid-sizers are significantly larger than anything RaceTruck-related, power plants are also much mightier, raising both the stakes—and the ride heights—for potential pole position mayhem.

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

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VIDEO: AUTOTOPIA SPEAKS WITH DESIGNER SEAN SMITH

From our friends at Autotopia.

Published on Jul 27, 2018

This episode is slower going than our usual ones but I wanted to give all of you insight into the world of high end one off custom builds with my friend and renowned automotive designer Sean Smith. He’s responsible for cars from the Ring Brothers, Saleen, Speedkore, Timeless Kustoms, Iron Works and so many more. Get a drink, sit down and chill with me and my friend Sean Smith.

Enjoy!

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Music:
JC Vibin (Jazz Club Vibin’) [Master]
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SALEEN OFF-ROAD SPORTRUCK XR ADDED TO PERFORMANCE LINE

Saleen Unveils Live on the Saleen Facebook site Tonight 7 PM PST / 10pm EST

CORONA, CA—July 20, 2018, Saleen Automotive introduces its latest innovative performance vehicle to their truck line—the Saleen Sportruck XR. This new, off-road Saleen Sportruck XR will debut at 7 pm tonight, Friday, July 20th at Harris Ford Lincoln, 20006 64th Avenue W, Lynnwood, WA. Also, visit the Saleen display and view the Saleen Sportruck XR throughout the weekend at the 38th Annual Mustang Roundup held by Mustang Northwest in Bellevue, WA.

Sport Truck XR
Sport Truck XR

Steve Saleen’s legendary racing history includes driving in and winning more races than any other driver in the SCCA PRO Truck Series.

“Continually adding to our lineup of performance vehicles is paramount to Saleen Automotive,” said Saleen CEO Steve Saleen. “We are introducing an off-road truck to our high-performance vehicles lineup with the Sportruck XR,” he continued. “Furthering our Saleen Automotive’s commitment to continued growth in the performance car and truck markets, we are proud to debut our Saleen Sportruck XR,” stated Saleen Automotive President Amy Boylan.

Standard Signature Saleen Series Powertrain includes a naturally aspirated and super charged version, with 700+HP, Saleen tuned exhaust with High-Performance Filters.

Steve Saleen wanted to build the best off-road Saleen Sportruck XR so he called on and collaborated with Greg Foutz. The XR’s suspension has front 2.5 coil-over shocks to level out the front with the rear, and rear 2.5 Smooth Series shocks. The Black Label edition utilizes upper and lower Racecraft control arms, Spindle and specially made for Saleen by Fox, tuned front shocks with by-pass for 12-inches and custom rear by-pass shocks for 14-inches of travel. This XR also includes Saleen rear leaf springs and Saleen bump stop with frame gusset.

Sport Truck XR
Sport Truck XR

Stopping is handled with Saleen’s Signature brakes standard on all versions in 13.8 -inch ABS vented front rotors with 2-piston calipers on fronts and 13.8 ABS vented rear rotors with 1-piston calipers on the rear. Optional are Saleen COLORLAB™ painted brake calipers, and either13.6-inch or 14-inch ABS slotted front rotors with 6-piston calipers.

Exterior enhancements include Saleen-designed front and rear bumpers, body-color wheel flares, and Saleen Grille, sidesteps, tailgate panel and power hood. The Sportruck XR comes with six-spoke alloy wheels 17×8.5 front and rear, shod with General Tire Grabber X3 33×12.7-17 front and rear. Options include 17 x 8-inch front and rear wheels in either Chrome or Carbonite. Also included are the Saleen windshield banner, Saleen door chevron stripes, Saleen 30th Championship wreath, and Saleen serialized front bumper numbers

The interior boasts Saleen embroidered headrests, (full leather on Black Label editions) signature Saleen white face gauges, Saleen badging, Saleen embroidered floor mats, and dash plaque with Saleen model and serialized VIN.

Sport Truck XR logo

Saleen wishes to thank the following sponsors: General Tire, Method Wheels, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, Cover King with a special thanks to Additive Desert Designs!

Saleen Automotive Inc., based in Corona, CA, offers three main product lines, which consist of Saleen Super Cars, Saleen Signature Series, and Saleen Performance Vehicles. All are designed and engineered at Saleen Headquarters in Corona, CA. Contact Saleen Automotive to place your order.

Media contact: cbenty@saleen.com

Saleen Automotive, Inc.
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882
714.400.2121

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SALEEN AUTOMOTIVE REVEALS A NEW AND INNOVATIVE VEHICLE

SALEEN SPORTRUCK ADDED TO VEHICLE PERFORMANCE LINE

CORONA, CA—January 11, 2018, Saleen Automotive will reveal its latest Saleen-designed performance vehicle, the 2018 Saleen Sportruck, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, at 11:00 A.M. and live on Facebook (Facebook.com/Saleen/).

Steve Saleen’s extensive history in truck racing includes the most wins in the SCCA Truck Series and well as a national championship. Saleen, no stranger to the truck market, began its heritage with Sportrucks in the 1980s with Ranger pickup trucks, S331 Pickup trucks, and the limited-edition Supercharged Harley Davidson for Ford. Saleen’s level of performance and design makes the new 2018 Sportruck a must-have for the enthusiast.

“This addition to the product lineup demonstrates the Saleen Company’s commitment to its Brand and continued growth in the sport car and truck markets, returning Saleen back to its position of dominance,” stated Saleen Automotive President Amy Boylan. “The return to our heritage with the Saleen Sportruck is a perfect fit for our program. We now have a full line of high-performance vehicles carrying the Saleen Brand,” said Saleen CEO Steve Saleen.

The Sportruck will be offered as a 700 HP V8 Supercharged edition with a full flow Saleen designed exhaust system, and other power options. It will also be offered in RegularCab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew. All design elements hold true to Saleen’s exceptional aerodynamic designs. The Truck will feature Signature Saleen fender vents, a minimum-drag, high-downforce front facia, side skirts, and a unique functional rear facia while still maintaining the utility of the truck. It is also equipped with Saleen Racecraft Suspension with Racecraft specific-rate front coil springs, front performance shocks, specific-rate rear leaf springs, rear performance shocks, and front sway bar and bushings. Equipped with Saleen Alloy 22×10-inch front and rear wheels, the Sportruck will ride on General Tire Grabber 305/40/22 front and rear rubber.

The Performance interior includes Saleen signature two-tone leather sport seats with Saleen embroidered headrests, front and rear floor mats with Saleen embroidery, Saleen Race-inspired pedals, Saleen White Face gauges, Saleen race-inspired center-stripe leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a serialized Saleen plaque.

The Sportruck is offered in the exclusive 13 Saleen Colorlab exterior paint colors. In addition, Saleen includes its Signature Series Warranty (3 years/36,000 mile limited).

Saleen Automotive Inc., based in Corona, CA, offers three main product lines, which consist of its Saleen Super Cars, Saleen Signature Series, and Saleen Performance Vehicles. All are designed and engineered at Saleen Headquarters in Corona, CA. Contact Saleen Automotive to place your order.

Media contact: cbenty@saleen.com

Saleen Automotive, Inc.
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882
‪714.400.2121
www.saleen.com

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SALEEN RAISES THE BAR AGAIN FOR 2018 LINEUP

SALEEN RAISES THE BAR AGAIN FOR 2018 WITH THEIR 700HP SPORTRUCK
AND ADVANCED PERFORMANCE MUSTANG LINE UP

Aggressive exterior redesign and advanced performance specs highlight changes to all-new
Saleen Signature models

CORONA, CA – October 2, 2017 – Saleen Automotive, highly respected for innovative high performance vehicles of all kinds, returns to the truck market with the announcement of their new 2018 Sportruck. Available beginning in November 2017, the truck will again be based on the popular Ford F150 platform. Power will be offered in four levels including enhanced Eco-boost turbocharged 2.7 and 3.6-liter engines as well as naturally aspirated and supercharged versions of 5.0-liter V8, the top level achieving a whopping 700HP.

“We are excited to have returned to our heritage with a high performance Saleen Sportruck that fits perfectly within our program for a full line of high performance vehicles carrying the Saleen brand,” said Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive. “Our truck heritage includes many race wins in our Ranger-version of the Saleen Sportruck followed by the extremely popular Saleen S331 Sportrucks. Ford chose to use Saleen Superchargers on the Harley Davidson F150 editions, which were installed at the Saleen factory in Troy, Michigan. The time is right that we return to the market with a product that feeds an audience of hungry Saleen truck enthusiasts.”

The Saleen Sportruck will be instantly recognizable as a Saleen-exclusive offering. The new bodywork includes a functional air dam, front brake ducting, racing inspired grille and hood with center sculpting. The rear of the truck will feature Saleen nameplate trim in the center of the tailgate and large rear exhaust tips that tuck neatly into the lower rear valance for a race inspired look. Racecraft suspension, Saleen signature interior appointments and big brakes are standard. The trucks will be equipped with side skirts and Saleen-exclusive alloy wheels wrapped with high performance General Tires.

All New Signature Saleen Mustangs Now Available

The much-heralded release of the 2018 Ford Mustang has set the stage for an even more exciting debut – three new 2018 Saleen Mustangs. Best of all, for those customers who are on the fence with regards to the new Ford’s “freshened” design changes, rest assured, the new Saleen will wrap its high performance abilities with an exterior that delivers an aggressive performance look that enthusiasts will certainly embrace.

2018 Saleen Mustang
2018 Saleen Mustang

The 2018 Saleen Mustang line up builds upon its three previously available performance levels; the White, Yellow and Black Label models. Each will sport a very aggressive, Saleen-exclusive front fascia that includes functional ducting throughout, angled headlight pockets and all-purpose grille and hood that are a dramatic change. Complemented with high performance wheels, race-bred General Tires, advanced suspension components and more horsepower, the new Saleen Mustangs are an amazing value that anyone considering a muscle car purchase should put on their short list.

“Expanding upon our tradition of delivering truly unique performance models that offer something special for discerning performance enthusiasts, the 2018 Saleen 302 is our best looking and performing car yet,” said Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive. “Our signature line of Saleen 302s sets the bar for vehicles that are not only great looking and deliver premium performance but also maintain an affordable price level so that any enthusiast vehicle buyer can find a car that fits their need. Our White, Yellow and Black label cars feature power and handling along with unique interior styling.”

Saleen is currently taking orders for the all-new 2018 Saleen Signature Series Mustangs and Sportrucks with delivery slated for the end of 2017. Interested parties can call (800) 888-8945 and ask for the sales team!

About Saleen® Automotive, Inc.
Saleen® is an American specialty manufacturer of high-performance vehicles, technical performance parts, lifestyle accessories, and apparel. Founder Steve Saleen has continually set the bar for automotive design and performance engineering in both street and racing applications. Saleen® plans to utilize its existing strategic partnerships and dealer network to refine its design and engineering prowess, continue development of emerging automotive technologies, and expand its presence nationwide with a combination of automotive retail services, aftermarket parts and new vehicle sales to build significant long-term value. Learn more at www.saleen.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Media contact:
pr@saleen.com
Saleen Automotive, Inc.
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882
714.400.2121

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[Source: Saleen Automotive]

SALEEN SPORT TRUCKS RETURN FOR 2018

NEWEST OFFERING WILL FURTHER EXPAND LINE UP OF SALEEN AUTOMOTIVE
PERFORMANCE VEHICLES FOR 2018

2018 Saleen Sport Truck
2018 Saleen Sport Truck

CORONA, CA – September 20, 2017 – Saleen Automotive, highly respected for innovative high performance vehicles of all kinds, returns to the truck market with the announcement of their new 2018 Sport Truck. Available beginning in November 2018, the truck will again be based on the popular Ford F150 platform. Power will be offered in four levels including enhanced Eco-boost 2.7 and 3.6-liter naturally-aspirated engines and a supercharged version of 5.0-liter V8.

“We are excited to have returned to our heritage with a high performance Saleen Sport Truck that fits perfectly within our program for a full line of high performance vehicles carrying the Saleen brand,” Said Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive. “Our Sport Truck heritage includes many race wins as well as a national championship. In the past, our Saleen S331 Sport Trucks and the extremely popular Ford Harley Davidson F150 SC were produced at the Saleen Automotive factory. The time is right that we return to the market with a product that feeds an audience of hungry Saleen Truck enthusiasts.”

2018 Saleen Sport Truck
2018 Saleen Sport Truck

The Saleen Sport Truck will be instantly recognizable as a Saleen-exclusive offering. The new bodywork includes a functional air dam, front brake ducting, racing inspired grille and hood with center sculpting. The rear of the truck will feature Saleen nameplate trim in the center of the tailgate and large rear exhaust tips that tuck neatly into the lower rear valance for a race inspired look. Racecraft suspension, Super Charged optional interior and brakes are also available. The trucks will be available with side skirts or a full body step kit and Saleen-exclusive alloy wheels wrapped with General Tire high performance tires.

Saleen is currently taking orders for the all new Sport Truck with delivery slated for the end of this year. Interested parties can call 800.888-8945 and ask for the sales team!

About Saleen® Automotive, Inc.
Saleen® is an American specialty manufacturer of high-performance vehicles, technical performance parts, lifestyle accessories, and apparel. Founder Steve Saleen has continually set the bar for automotive design and performance engineering in both street and racing applications. Saleen® plans to utilize its existing strategic partnerships and dealer network to refine its design and engineering prowess, continue development of emerging automotive technologies, and expand its presence nationwide with a combination of automotive retail services, aftermarket parts and new vehicle sales to build significant long-term value. Learn more at www.saleen.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Media contact:
pr@saleen.com
Saleen Automotive, Inc.
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882
714.400.2121

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[Source: Saleen Automotive]

1988 SPORTRUCK (88-0010) OFFERED ON eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FTBR10TXJUC22456
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1988
Make: Ford
Model: Ranger
Body Type: Standard Cab Pickup
Number of Cylinders: 6
Engine: 2.9L 177Cu. In. V6 GAS OHV Naturally Aspirated Vehicle
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Exterior Color: White
Interior Color: Blue
Mileage: 111,700
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 181773778088

88-0010T Sportruck Ranger
88-0010T Sportruck Ranger
88-0010T Sportruck Ranger
88-0010T Sportruck Ranger

Up for auction is a 1988 Ford Saleen Ranger This is 1 of 24 built.

This Saleen Ranger was a give away grand prize for the grand opening of Lechmere Department Store in the Metro Boston area. making it 1 of 1 This makes it a little more rare as it had an all out Pioneer stereo installed and a Pioneer sticker was and still is installed on the tailgate (see pictures).

The truck is in very good driving condition, I have had the following either repaired or replaced .. Tune up, brakes, all clutch components, and a new gas tank.

The truck is still in need of some minor repairs such as a heater core and some body work.

88-0010T Sportruck Ranger
88-0010T Sportruck Ranger
88-0010T Sportruck Ranger
88-0010T Sportruck Ranger

I am the second owner of the truck. The truck has all the same items a Saleen Mustang would have including seats, gauges, wheels, race craft suspension, 15 piece body kit, steering wheel, radio antenna, and so on.

This truck is a driver quality and should be restored to show quality due to the low production.

There is no rust in the bed of the truck, The undercarriage is very nice shape. I welcome inspections prior to bidding.

Any questions you can call me at 781-724-0191 ask for John

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