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By: CHINA DAILY on June 17, 2019

Saleen establishes research facility in China
Saleen establishes research facility in China

United States sports car maker Saleen announced last week in Beijing the establishment of an automobile strategic research center with local authorities in Rugao city in East China’s Jiangsu province.

The facility will serve as a think tank to share advanced technologies, according to the carmaker.

The brand Saleen was established in 1983 by race car driver Steve Saleen. It is found not only in races but movie blockbusters like Transformers and Iron Man.

In 2009, Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technology Co was established in China.

The research center, in the Rugao economic technology development zone, is designed to offer realistic and forward-looking studies to assist the industry development, said Charles Wang, chairman and CEO of Jiangsu Saleen.

He said the center will also provide strong support and guarantees on product research and development, layout, corporate strategy and future mobility solutions for the carmaker.

The center has already attracted 100 senior experts and industry technology leaders, including heads of the China Society of Automotive Engineers and experts of Tsinghua University.

At the founding ceremony on Tuesday, the center signed agreements with the Automotive Technology Information Research Institute under the China Automotive Technology and Information Center and the China Auto Lightweight Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance.

As China and its auto industry face the challenge of transforming from a big auto country to a globally competitive one, the center would launch 10 projects in three fields: automotive environment, advanced technologies and automotive cultures to help solve the common problems confronting Chinese carmakers.

Zhan Jingjing, vice-president of Jiangsu Saleen, said she expects the projects to yield results soon.

Fu Yuwu, head of the Society of Automotive Engineers of China, said that the center will serve as an exchange platform for auto industry researchers.

They can learn from each other and achieve win-win results, he said.

Jiangsu Saleen is working on the local production of cars in China.

Two plants are under construction in the city of Rugao with an investment of 17.8 billion yuan ($2.57 billion), according to Wang.

He said one of the factories will produce 50,000 pure electric vehicles and 20,000 super cars annually.

The other factory plans to deliver 150,000 cars a year.

He added that the carmaker will showcase its products later this year, which will include urban electric sports cars, super cars and sports SUVs.

[Source: China Daily]


Video: SOEC Staff

Early June signals the start of car show season for Ford fans living within the Northeast and Great Lakes region of the United States. The Carlisle Ford Nationals, presented annually at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in central Pennsylvania, had a record-setting 3,196 show vehicles in attendance for this east coast FoMoCo celebration.

An unofficial estimate of 54 Saleen-manufactured vehicles were proudly on display to exhibit Power In The Hands of a Few to all participants and admirers. Our collection of Saleen vehicles for Saturdays Fun Field Car Show ranged from those increasingly popular “four-eyed” 1985-86 editions to the latest 2019 SA-35 as well as rare XP Explorers and a S121 Focus.

With such a fruitful bounty of show cars, here were a few Saleen vehicles of note that we spied over the weekend:

  • The rarely seen California GT. These dealer “zone specials,” without Saleen serialization, are mythical and historical creatures.

  • Two Saleen SC editions, one from 1991 and the other from 1993; both vehicles respectfully represent a high-water mark for Fox generation Saleen Mustangs.

  • A lone SN95 Saleen S351. If the early ‘90s SC were a high-water mark, then the S351 was a multidimensional rocketship towards an innovative new era.

  • New S550 Saleen Mustangs, as the current generation S302 continues to roll through assembly for nationwide distribution, we see abundant opportunities for growth.

Gratitude and appreciation to all participants, enthusiasts and owners that makes this event so exceptional. Until next year!

Video: SOEC Staff

2019 Carlisle Ford Nationals award winners

R148 – 1984 – 1993 SALEEN MUSTANG
384 – Frank Lomardi — 1989 Saleen Mustang — FIRST PLACE
385 – Karl LaFrance — 1993 Saleen Mustang — SECOND PLACE
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By Ken Appell Carlisle Ford Nationals — *SPECIAL AWARD*
386 – Matthew Baucke — 1989 Saleen Mustang — THIRD PLACE
387 – Michael Kaleda — 1991 Saleen Mustang
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By Lance Miller Carlisle Ford Nationals — *SPECIAL AWARD*
388 – Peter Filippatos — 1988 Saleen Mustang
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By Sean Saleen Saleen Automotive — *SPECIAL AWARD*

R147 – 1994 – 2004 SALEEN MUSTANG
381 – Nick Yelovich — 2001 Saleen Mustang — FIRST PLACE
382 – Roseann Debella — 2002 Saleen Mustang — SECOND PLACE
383 – Shaun Nye 2000 — Saleen Mustang — THIRD PLACE

R153 – 2005 – 2014 SALEEN MUSTANG
401 – Reginald Singleton — 2008 Saleen Mustang — FIRST PLACE
402 – Tom Cesare — 2006 Saleen Mustang — SECOND PLACE
403 – Theodore Falk — 2011 Saleen Mustang — THIRD PLACE
404 – Brandley Spotts — 2008 Saleen Mustang
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By Fran Cosentino Branded Club — *SPECIAL AWARD*

405 – Justin & Belinda Warren — 2017 Saleen Mustang — FIRST PLACE
406 – Kenneth Bailey — 2016 Saleen Mustang — SECOND PLACE
407 – Reginald Singleton — 2015 Saleen Mustang — THIRD PLACE

408 – Matt Trebuchon — 2014 Ford Expedition — FIRST PLACE
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By Mike Rey MOCSEM, Saleen Automotive — *SPECIAL AWARD*
409 – Ronald Belch — 2001 Saleen Explorer — SECOND PLACE
410 – Steven Wolfe — 2004 Saleen Focus — THIRD PLACE

B328 2005 – 2007 FOCUS HATCHBACK (Non SVT)
83 – Cody Clinton — 2005 Saleen S121 — FIRST PLACE

47 – Lisa & Brian Sams — 1991 Ford Mustang LX SSP — *SPECIAL AWARD*
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: David Bruno, Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club

Award winning Lisa & Brian Sams 1991 Ford Mustang SSP
Award winning Lisa & Brian Sams 1991 Ford Mustang SSP

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By: JOHN DAGYS on June 6, 2019
Original Article: SPORTSCAR365.COM

Single-make Saleen series delayed due to production holdups in S1 Cup cars…

2019 Saleen 1 Cup car. Photo: John Dagys
2019 Saleen 1 Cup car. Photo: John Dagys

The launch of the Saleen Cup has been delayed, with the single-make series, scheduled to debut this weekend at Sonoma Raceway, having been pushed back to next month.

Delays in the production of the Saleen S1 Cup cars, due to “unanticipated delays” of the import of parts, has been cited by the American automaker, which has a manufacturing plant in China and joint venture with Jiangsu Secco Automobile Technology Corporation.

The arrive-and-drive series was due to feature a grid of 20 Saleen S1s this weekend, in support of the SRO Motorsports America event at the Californian circuit.

“The Saleen Cup cars require specialty components that are sourced globally, and unanticipated delays importing and clearing these parts through customs have significantly delayed production,” a statement from the manufacturer read.

The series’ launch has now been slated for the next SRO America weekend at Portland International Raceway on July 13-14, with additional events at Watkins Glen International, Road America and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

It is due to feature two 50-minute races on each weekend, with single or two-driver lineups and a mandatory pit stop.

Saleen will still have a presence at Sonoma, with a “race ready” version of the Saleen S1 set to complete hot laps, with the manufacturer hosting a hospitality area.

No word has been given if the delays could impact Saleen’s planned GT4 car for 2020.

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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.

[Source: sportscar 365]


From Saleen Automotive.

Our newest creation, an Orange Fury Black Label. If this doesn’t grab your attention we give up!!!!!

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Classic Cool
The Saleen Mustang

By: DAVID S. WALLENS on May 28, 2019

Time for a little history lesson. Don’t worry, the test will be open book. Back in the `60s, retired racer Carroll Shelby added enough spice to the then-new Mustang to turn it from hot to hotter. Today a legit one is a six-figure proposition–or more, as a one-of-one, GT40-powered Shelby GT500 Super Snake just sold for $2.2 million.

Now let’s jump forward. Steve Saleen, also a driver, followed a similar recipe and likewise offered his own hotted-up Mustangs through select Ford dealerships. The Saleen Mustang debuted for 1984, with the big performance upgrade being its Racecraft suspension: stiffer springs, Bilstein dampers, Goodyear Eagle GT tires and Hayashi alloy wheels.

The Saleen package also included some visual flair, like an `80s-appropriate aero kit; a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; and, of course, the requisite badges. Also standard: an Escort radar detector. In 1984 the Saleen package retailed for $4195 and could only be added to a Mustang L or LX coupe fitted with the 5.0-liter engine. Figure about $7100 for the Mustang itself.

Saleen offered modified Mustangs throughout the entire Fox-body run–and continues to reworks Ford’s latest. The firm tweaked the formula during the Fox-body years expanding to include upgrades like five-lug hubs, Hurst shifters and straight-through exhausts. Convertible and T-top cars were eventually put under the knife as well.

The firm offered more horsepower, too. The 1989 Saleen SSC celebrated the Mustang’s 25th birthday by adding a built engine, while a Vortech supercharger became optional for 1992, the year before the end of the Fox-body run.

Here’s the take-home message regarding these Fox-body Saleens: While the aftermarket has always offered the same upgrades, these cars have legit collector appeal. Those six-figure Shelbys? At one time they were just inexpensive used cars.


• In a sea of Mustangs, here are the ones that stand out. Those now-iconic rocker panel stripes plus the Saleen windshield banner came standard.

• These were the days of a 55 mph national speed limit and 85 mph speedometers. A 170 mph clock was part of the original recipe.

• Saleen built as many as a few hundred Fox-body cars per year, so while rare, they’re not impossible to find. Complete year-by-year specs can be found on the Saleen Club of America website.

• The holy grail of Fox-body Saleens is the 1993 SA10. Only nine were built, each one to order. They all look the same, though: black hatchbacks sporting yellow and white graphics.

• A little birdy recently hinted that collector insurance quotes for Fox-body Mustangs are on the rise, so if you’d like to get ahead of the curve, this may be your chance.


Our expert:
Mark LaMaskin

Performance Autosport, Inc.
(804) 358-2505

They’re the `57 Chevy of our generation. I think it’s the time to buy Saleens and put them away. It’s a huge in-the-future collectible.

Stay away from modified cars. You don’t know who built it. Even a modified 5.0-liter Mustang isn’t that fast.

Buy the most expensive and nicest car that you can afford. You’ll never get ahead of the game by buying a restoration project.

The most prevalent years are 1987–`89.

Those were the largest production years. You can buy a really nice car for between 15 and 20 grand. The really, really nice cars are 25 grand and up.

You can’t get into a decent SSC for less than $25,000. They’re usually in the $40,000 range. Saleen made 17 supercharged hatchbacks in 1993. Those cars are $60,000 and up.

There’s a registry with all of the serial numbers. People can call Performance Autosport to authenticate every car.

Some of the parts are available and some aren’t. The one thing that I always tell people is avoid buying a car with torn-up seats.

The 1987–`91 cars had a Flo-Fit seat. Saleen had custom material made for those seats. You’re screwed if you buy an early car and the seats are hashed up.

No one makes material that looks close. I would buy an 80,000-mile car that looked like a 30,000-mile car before I bought a 30,000-mile car that was beat to poop.

The cars are fairly bulletproof.


Model: 1988 Mustang Saleen convertible
Price: $31,350
Condition: “Stock and unmodified condition”
From: Mecum at Indy, May 2018


FlimFlam Speed & Custom Tuning
(804) 921-5341

Saleen Automotive, Inc.
(800) 888-8945

Saleen Club of America
(714) 400-2121

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From R3 Motorsports, Inc.

The first Saleen 1 Cup Car.

Saleen 1 Cup Car
Saleen 1 Cup Car

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From Saleen Automotive.

A few more pics of the latest SporTruck to roll out of the shop. She was born a little thirsty!

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[Source: Saleen Automotive]