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R3 Motorsports
Published on Sep 2, 2019
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-A DEDICATED CAR FOR EVERY COMPETITOR WHO CAN PICK HIS/HER LIVERY (FIRST COME BASIS)
-PRE SEASON TEST AND COACHING SESSION
-THREE SETS OF RACING STICKER TIRES PER WEEKEND
-DEDICATED LEAD ENGINEER AND MECHANIC
-ALL HOSPITALITY AMENITIES

ABOUT THE SALEEN 1 CUP CAR
-Advanced Light Weight Aluminum/4130 Chromoly
-Composite Bodywork (Carbon Fire)
-Saleen 4 Cyclinder in line, 2.2 Liter Turbo Engine, 450 HP
-6 Speed Sequential Transmission with Paddle Shifter
-Adjustable Racing Suspention
-Racing Breaks: FRONT 15″,, 6 Pistons, REAR 14″, 4 Pistons
-Continental Racing Tires
-Competition AERO package designed by CFD and wind tunnel tested.
-Choice of Iconic graphics
-All FIA standard safety equipment.

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ROAD|SHOW: 2019 SALEEN S302 REVIEW

2019 SALEEN S302 BLACK LABEL QUICK DRIVE REVIEW:
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

By: STEVEN EWING on SEPTEMBER 2, 2019 5:00 AM PDT
Original Article: CNET.COM

Orange you glad this Mustang has 800 horsepower?
Orange you glad this Mustang has 800 horsepower?

Eight hundred horsepower sounds awesome in theory. But in the case of Saleen’s latest supercharged Ford Mustang, the S302 Black Label, it proves to be both a blessing and a curse.

You’ve seen this formula before: Take a stock Mustang GT, tweak the bodywork, upgrade the suspension, bolt a supercharger onto the engine and give it an exhaust that’ll wake the neighbors. Saleen has been building hot ‘Stangs since the 1980s, and it certainly knows how to make a statement.

The Black Label starts as a Mustang GT Premium optioned with the imaginatively named Equipment Group 400A, meaning you get things like heated and cooled seats and the full-fledged Sync 3 infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The most noticeable interior update is a new set of seats, which are comfortable but seriously lack lateral support. White gauges take the place of the Mustang’s standard readouts, and a boost gauge is fitted atop the dash. Otherwise, the Black Label’s cabin is like any other Mustang, festooned with Saleen logos in the appropriate places.

Instead, it’s outside where the Saleenification is almost painfully obvious. Saleen fits its own hood, front and rear fascias (which actually shorten the car’s length by about 5 inches), quarter window trim and myriad vents and scoops. The overall look is definitely about flash as much as it is about function, with Saleen saying its bodywork has been optimized for improved aerodynamics. However, the keen-eyed among you will notice that several of the vents aren’t actually functional, so take that with a grain of salt.

The taller hood is necessary to accommodate Saleen’s big honkin’ supercharger, which delivers up to 12 psi of boost. Matched with Ford’s 5.0-liter Coyote V8, Saleen says the Black Label puts out a monstrous 800 horsepower and 687 pound-feet of torque. A new engine oil cooler and high-performance exhaust system are on hand to help this swole powerplant perform at its peak. Unfortunately, this is where things start to fall apart.

The Saleen-specific bodywork is... not my thing. A Racecraft suspension gives it a lowered stance on its 20-inch wheels.
The Saleen-specific bodywork is… not my thing. A Racecraft suspension gives it a lowered stance on its 20-inch wheels.

Power delivery is consistently inconsistent.

Power delivery is consistently inconsistent. Rolling onto the throttle in first gear is easy-peasy, with a heavier-side-of-perfectly weighted clutch and solid action from the six-speed manual shifter. But the minute you start running at higher revs in higher gears, you’ll encounter weird peaks of sudden thrust. The throttle is like a light switch; you’re either full-on or full-off, and this makes the Saleen incredibly difficult to drive smoothly. The engine hiccups at higher revs, which unsettles the car, reducing your willingness to push harder.

Aside from some Saleen badges and some comfy-but-unsupportive seats, the Black Label's interior is standard Mustang GT fare.
Aside from some Saleen badges and some comfy-but-unsupportive seats, the Black Label’s interior is standard Mustang GT fare.

On the other hand, when everything does go just right, this car is a thrill to launch. My official seat-of-the-pants acceleration readout is “f*cking quick,” and there’s enough power to get you up past go-directly-to-jail speeds before you reach the end of second gear. Still, what good is having 800 horsepower if a car doesn’t compel you to drive it fast?

Saleen fits the Black Label with Racecraft springs, struts, shocks and sway bars at the front and rear, and upsized brakes sit behind large, 20-inch wheels. This car doesn’t ride half as poorly as you’d expect it to on a public road. Yes, you’ll feel every bump, but the Black Label is shockingly amicable around town — not something I can say of most tuner cars.

Sadly, the General G-Max summer tires fitted to this test car leave a lot to be desired. They don’t provide the sort of traction you’d want from a car with this much power. In fact, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that come on the stock Ford Mustang GT with Performance Pack 2 are a far superior choice, both in daily driving comfort and outright cornering grip. Add in the fact that the Black Label uses the Mustang GT’s factory traction control system, which simply isn’t programmed to allow 800 horsepower to get to the wheels, and you have a car that rarely actually lets you exploit its capability.

Perhaps the most compelling part of the Saleen S302 Black Label package is its price: $78,495. That’s no small sum, but it puts this car in reach of many buyers — folks who might otherwise purchase something like a 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody, which starts at $76,245.

The lowered stance is courtesy of the Racecraft suspension hardware.

Plus, you can’t put a price on exclusivity; how many times have you seen one of these at your Saturday morning cars-and-coffee meet? And unlike some tuned machines, every Saleen vehicle comes with its own three-year, 36,000-mile warranty for added peace of mind.

But as far as fast Mustangs go, you’re better off with something like Ford’s Shelby GT350, with its razor-sharp handling that rivals the world’s best sports cars. Don’t forget, Ford’s also got the Shelby GT500 up its sleeve — a fully baked supercar-killer with 760 horsepower on tap.

The Saleen S302 Black Label is best purchased as a collector’s item or showpiece, which is a shame, since this car is brimming with performance potential. More than anything else, it’s a reminder that power — even 800 horsepower — isn’t everything.

[Source: Road Show by CNET]

EVENT POSTSCRIPT: SALEEN CUP & WATKINS GLEN 2019

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

We had a wonderful weekend in Watkins Glen. Thank you to all of the owners who came by “the compound,” and to everyone who contributed to making things happen.

For those that would like to know, the Vista Blue vehicle belongs to Eric Seaman and it’s a 2006 S281 3-Valve, with a glass roof. While the Laser Red convertible belongs to Mr. and Mrs. Russell and Marie Bauman, it’s a 1997 S281 powered by a 4.6l with and 5-speed manual transmission.

Thank once more to all of the crew, visitors, and drivers!

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[Source: Saleen Automotive]

WINNERS OF RACE #2 AT WATKINS GLEN

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

Race two is in the books! Congratulations to:
Pro-Am Drivers

First — Brandon Davis (Car #14)
Second — Paul Terry (Car #4)
Third — Johan Schwartz – (Car #6)

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Young Drivers
First — Hanna Zellers (Car #71)
Second — Austin Riley (Car #12)
Third — Cameron Lawrence – (Car #19)

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[Source: Saleen Automotive]

WINNERS OF RACE #1 AT WATKINS GLEN

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

Congratulations to the winners of Race 1!

Pro-Am Driver: P1: Eric Powell, P2: Martina Kwan, and P3: Bryce Miller. Young: P1: Austin Riley, P2: Carter Fartuch, and P3: Cameron Lawrence

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[Source: Saleen Automotive]

DAVIS, LAWRENCE & TERRY ARE 1, 2, 3 FOR MORNING QUALIFIER AT WATKINS GLEN

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

Congratulations to Brandon Davis, Cameron Lawrence, and Paul Terry for qualifying 1,2,3 in today’s morning qualifier. Here are a few looks from track-side. You can watch the first race at 12:05 EST today here: https://live.sro-america.com/saleen-cup.

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CUP CARS ARE READY FOR SATURDAY QUALIFIERS AT WATKINS GLEN

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

Great day of practice out at Watkins Glen. It’s amazing to see all 12 cars out on the track. The drivers are getting dialed in and ready for qualifiers tomorrow! It’s going to be a great weekend.

A quick look around the paddock after a good day at the track. Lots of activity, and special thanks to R3 Motorsports, Inc for all of your support this weekend!

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[Source: Saleen Automotive]

TWELVE SALEEN CUP CARS ENTER WATKINS GLEN

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

All 12 cars are getting prepped and ready at Watkins Glen as we speak. The races will be live streamed at live.sro-America.com on Saturday at 12:05PM EST and Sunday at 11:50AM EST. We’ll also be posting throughout the weekend with a behind the scenes look from the track.

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[Source: Saleen Automotive]

WRENCH NATION: STEVE SALEEN INTERVIEW

#167 STEVE SALEEN: BRINGING RACE-PROVEN PERFORMANCE TO THE STREET

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The Business of Super Cars

With an incredible race history with the performance design and build of the Saleen Mustang to one of the world’s most renowned super cars, the Saleen S7, CEO & Founder Steve Saleen has carved out a reputation that truly ranks with the most celebrated performance vehicle designers in history. Mr. Saleen’s entrepreneurial business plan laid the groundwork for an entire new industry of design, engineering, manufacturing, and sales of high-performance vehicles that were race-proven and marketed for sales through showrooms nationwide. His impeccable attention to detail while observing a business acumen is like no other.

Additional Builds and Hollywood

Other significant accomplishments include the paint and sub-assembly of the Dodge Viper, supercharged Harley Davidson Ford F150 and the construction of the first “running’ Camaro for its introduction in the movie “Transformer”. Numerous Hollywood films have featured Saleen vehicles, including “Fast and Furious”, “Bruce Almighty”, “Transformers” (as the Decepticon “Barricade”) and “Ironman.”

Mr. Saleen has recently upped the game in the automotive world with the introduction of the Saleen 1, the mid-engine sports car with super car credentials. As the “History Channel” program pointed out, Steve Saleen is part of a trio of “legendary” performance car builders alongside Enzo Ferrari and Ferdinand Porsche.

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