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Currently the longest running editor of Saleen Alley. The official publication of SOEC. Have owned five generations of Saleen Mustangs through 20 years of active SOEC participation.

BLACK LABEL (19-0011) HEADS TO WOODY FOLSOM FORD

From Saleen Automotive.

New S302 Black Label coupe, 19-0011. First BL for the model year headed to Woody Folsom Ford, Inc. in Baxley GA.

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SALEEN ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE-MAKE SERIES

By: DANIEL LLOYD on March 1, 2019
Original Article: SPORTSCAR365.COM

Saleen Automotive returns to racing with new Cup series launched for 2019…

2019 Saleen 1 Cup car. Photo: Saleen Automotive
2019 Saleen 1 Cup car. Photo: Saleen Automotive

Saleen Automotive has announced a new single-make series that will support Blancpain GT World Challenge America later this year.

As first reported by Sportscar365 in October, the Saleen Cup will be dedicated to the racing version of the manufacturer’s 450-horsepower Saleen S1 sports car, which was launched last year.

The five-round championship “arrive and drive” series will feature 20 cars plus spares prepared and transported by the California-based company, and comes with a chance to win a “factory seat” in its GT4 lineup next year.

Further details of Saleen’s involvement with the S1 in GT4, including timescales, have yet to be established.

Round 1 of the Saleen Cup is set to take place at Sonoma Raceway in early June, followed by stops at Portland International Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Road America before concluding in Las Vegas in October.

The series will be open to standard ‘D’ licensed drivers while two-person crews will be permitted in a bid to help spread individual costs.

“I am very pleased to welcome the Saleen Cup Series to the Blancpain GT World Challenge America schedule for the 2019 season,” said SRO founder and CEO Stephane Ratel.

“The Saleen name is instantly recognizable to every race fan and I have fond memories of the wonderful S7-R competing in the FIA GT Championship more than a decade ago.

“The new Saleen 1 is an exciting new project for the brand and the ‘arrive-and-drive’ concept is the ideal way to showcase it at some of the most iconic circuits in the United States.”

Saleen emerged on the global endurance racing scene in the 1990s with specially modified Ford Mustangs, before running its own S7-R supercar in the 2001 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The manufacturer went on to win the Le Mans GT1 class through Larbre Competition in 2010 while the S7-R also raced extensively in the American Le Mans Series, FIA GT Championship and various national competitions.

“The Saleen Cup is the next chapter in our company’s return to motorsports,” said Steve Saleen, CEO and founder of Saleen Automotive.

“Racing is in the DNA of everything we do at Saleen. The technology and design of the new Saleen 1 model is a direct result of extensive track testing and development, so it’s only natural that the new model makes its debut on some of the most iconic racetracks in America.”

Format, Costs Outlined

Saleen’s director of motorsports Gabriele Cadringher confirmed that Cup events will comprise of two 50-minute races with grids decided by 30 minutes of qualifying spread over two sessions.

Single or two-driver lineups are permitted, with each race carrying a mandatory pit stop but no tire changes.

Three sets of Continental tires will be available to each entry per weekend.

Cadringher projected that the total cost of a full-season program this year will be $190,000 ($38,000 per event) if submitted before April, rising to $210,000 afterward.

2019 Saleen Cup Schedule:
June 7-9 – Sonoma Raceway
July 12-14 – Portland International Raceway
Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 – Watkins Glen International
Sept. 20-22 – Road America
Oct. 18-20 – Las Vegas

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Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

[Source: sportscar 365]

HISTORY OF SALEEN IN DIECAST

From Chris Walker.

Saleen Automotive in Miniature Form
Saleen History in Miniature Form

I was lucky enough to be a part of this project as a gift for Steve Saleen of Saleen Supercars. It was a fun diorama build with a very tight deadline. It’s great to be a part of some awesome projects over the years of my Diecast career.

Sometimes it seems like I get to be involved in the “Holy Grail” of projects for really good people. For that I am very humbled and thankful for all the great things that have come from that. It’s not me, it boils down to great friends I have met over the years. Thank you Amy Boylan and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and the whole crew at Saleen.

[Source: Chris Walker]

SPORTRUCKS HEADING TOWARDS MURFREESBORO

From Saleen Automotive.

Ford of Murfreesboro has this group of trucks on the way to add to their inventory of S302’s and trucks already there. Check them out in Tennessee, they can take care of your Saleen needs in time for Christmas!

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[Source: Saleen Automotive]

SALEEN S1 CUP SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT

By: JOHN DAGYS on October 27, 2018
Original Article: SPORTSCAR365.COM

SALEEN TO LAUNCH CUP SERIES WITH NEW S1; PLANNING GT4 CAR
Saleen to launch single-make series with new S1 next year; GT4 car planned for 2020

Pre-production Saleen S1. Photo: John Dagys
Pre-production Saleen S1. Photo: John Dagys

Saleen will make its racing return next year with the formation of single-make series with its new S1, ahead of a planned GT4 version of the sports car for 2020.

The California-based manufacturer has unveiled plans to launch Cup series in both North America and China with the 450-horsepower car beginning with the second half of next year.

Longtime FIA technical director Gabriele Cadringher, who most recently worked with Grand-Am and Lamborghini in technical capacities, has joined Saleen as its new director of motorsports.

A pre-production version of the road car is on display at this weekend’s California 8 Hours at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

“The plan is to start a Cup series next year,” Cadringher told Sportscar365.

“We are discussing with PWC/Blancpain GT America with Greg [Gill] and Stephane [Ratel] to run with them in the second part of the year.”

Cadringher said the arrive-and-drive series will feature five events in 2019, with two 50-minute races on each weekend and up to two drivers per car.

It will also include a category for young drivers, with the class champion securing an all-paid for drive in the manufacturer’s GT4 car for the following season.

The U.S. series will run in parallel to a single-make cup in China, with discussions underway with series in the region, including the China GT Championship, for sanction agreements.

A total of 45 chassis for the Cup car are set to be produced, with at least 20 allocated for the North American market, which will be rolled out prior to the final production car.

“We will build our first Cup prototype in December and in the beginning of January we’ll finalize the spec after a couple of weeks on track,” Cadringher said.

“That will be our development car, which in the second part of the year, it will transform into the prototype of the GT4.”

Cadringher said the Saleen S1 GT4 car will be largely based off the Cup car, including the same 2.3-liter turbo engine from the production car.

Saleen has outlined plans to build 10,000 S1 road cars within the next five years, both at its facilities in Corona, Calif. and in China, at an estimated price tag of $100,000 each.

The GT4 car, meanwhile, is slated to launch in 2020.

“The Cup car will be a pre-series of the GT4,” Cadringher explained. “I’m speaking with Stephane and Claude Surmont [SRO technical director] about the details of the GT4 already.

“My plan is to come on the market with the GT4 car much cheaper than anyone else. I want to sell this car for $160-170,000, ready to be raced.”

Additional Racing Platforms in Pipeline

Cadringher indicated that additional motorsports plans are in the pipeline for the manufacturer, which is making its racing comeback for the first time since the Saleen S7R project in the 2000s.

The Italian hinted at a possible GT3 car in the future, potentially based off a yet-to-be-announced new Saleen road car.

Cadringher, however, has stressed that it will come step by step, with the focus being on the Cup series and GT4 car for the time being.

“Let’s do a Cup, let’s learn from the car and then do a GT4. Then we will see in the future,” he said.

“Steve is still a racing driver. He still races every single day in the office.

“I like that kind of approach because he has raced, the Mustang has raced and the S7 has raced. This new car, from the very beginning, was to race it.”

Photo: Brian Cleary/BCPix.com
Photo: Brian Cleary/BCPix.com

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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[Source: sportscar 365]

MUSTANG WEEK 2018

PHOTOS: ANGEL MUNIZ

Mustang Week 2018
Mustang Week 2018

[Source: Angel Muniz]

VIDEO: STEVE SALEEN SPEAKS S1 WITH ALAN TAYLOR

2019 Saleen S1
Interview with CEO, Steve Saleen at Concorso Italiano

All New Saleen S1 Supercar at Concorso Italiano. Can this price point be real?! Founder/CEO Steve Saleen unleashes his “wallet-friendly” beast.

– Alan Taylor

[Source: The Drive with Alan Taylor]