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We are very proud to present a selection of pictures of the Saleen S7R GT1 chassis 031R after its in-house restoration by Art & Revs. It was a real joy and moment of pride to put the car in our studio after working so hard for such a result.

The great 031R was ordered together with 029R in late 2003 by ACEMCO, an important US company in the motor car industry in the US. The aim was to compete at the highest level in ALMS and Le Mans, notably against the factory Corvettes ran by Pratt & Miller. ACEMCO had by this time built up a fantastic racing team around Ron Mack and Jim Bell.

This legendary car raced in the 2005 ALMS including an 8th overall finish at Sebring 12 Hours and it finished second in the Championship. The pinnacle of its history came certainly in 2006 when it raced at Le Mans 24 hours, finishing an impressive 11th place overall, making 031R the first Saleen to ever finish the world’s most prestigious endurance race. This important result bears testimony to the car’s performance and reliability.

The car was not used in 2007 and 2008, and was sold to Europe in 2009 to be raced in the FIA GT Championship with K Plus K, driven by Karl Wendlinger and Ryan Sharp, notably winning Silverstone’s Tourist Trophy among other motorsport firsts. Back then the competition between Maserati, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Saleen was at its height.

Very few know the S7R’s history and that the first series of S7Rs were actually engineered and built at RML in UK. However the « Evo » version was totally re-engineered by Saleen in their all new factory at Irvine in California, this is where they also built the 4,000 Ford GTs on behalf of Ford. 029R & 031R were the first Evo cars built and accordingly benefited from all new chassis, suspension, gearbox and aero. The Saleen S7 7.0 liter engines were in fact built from Ford`s 5.0 liter « small » block and reliability has always been a real issue. It has to be said that the engines built at Roush-Yates have always been disappointing and notably deprived most of the S7Rs from finishing Le Mans.

In the first stages of their Saleen project, ACEMCO being generously funded, contracted Panoz ( Elan Technologies ) to build up a 7.0 liter version of their largely proven LMP900 engine, originally a 6.0 liter. The Elan 7.0 liter was a total success and ACEMCO would never retire because of an engine failure. In unrestricted specifications, 031R’s engine recently shown 728 HP on the dyno at Elan after its rebuild. Only the two original ACEMCO cars would actually be equipped with the fantastic Elan engine and four units were built.

031R was completely stripped down to its bare components by Art & Revs and meticulously restored and reassembled by our highly skilled staff, most of whom have a large experience in Formula 1 or Endurance.All of the car’s components were reconditioned or replaced in close collaboration with the original suppliers wherever possible, just like the engine which was rebuilt at Elan. For safety purposes, the major components were crack tested.

This highly iconic silver S7R is now ready for new adventures on the historic racing scene and more widely in the classic car world. This is a great part of the Saleen S7R legend, the first all-American supercar to ever compete at Le Mans and in major international championships.

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By: KURT ERNST on January 7, 2016 at 9:00 am
Original Article: HEMMINGS.COM

Hemmings Find of the Day – 2004 Saleen S7R

In 2004, the ACEMCO Racing team debuted a new Saleen S7R in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Championship, placing second in the GTS class behind the all-conquering Corvette C5-R. Chassis 029R, the Saleen S7R driven by Terry Borcheller, David Brabham and Johnny Mowlem, later went over to Europe, competing against Maserati MC12s, Corvette C6.Rs, Nissan GT-Rs and Ford GTs in the FIA GT series. Now, this 2004 Saleen S7R, last run at this year’s Classic 24 at Daytona, is for sale on Hemmings.com, giving fans a chance to purchase an American endurance racing sports car once run at the sport’s highest levels. Prepared for last November’s Daytona event, the car features a fresh engine rebuild with just four hours of use, and is said to be in “fantastic condition,” both technically and cosmetically. From the seller’s description:

2004 Saleen S7R ALMS GT1. This is chassis 029R the 2004 ACEMCO car that finished 3rd at the Championship, later raced FIA GT 2009 and beat many times the MC12s. This is the very first “evolution” car after the S7R was totally redesigned and built in CA ( previous ones were built in UK by RML ). It received major evolutions in terms of aero, suspension, gearbox, brakes and reliability. Acemco had their engines built by ELAN ( a Don PANOZ company ) now unrestricted and producing 730HP. The car is in fantastic technical and cosmetical condition and has been totally rebuilt from the chassis ( engine by ELAN ), only 4 hours since. It comes with a few spares and is ready to race. Raced the 2015 Daytona Classic, constantly lapped in 1,46 with non professional driver and unbeatable in GT. The evolution S7Rs are extremely quick and easy to drive. A real ALMS legend. Car located in Luxembourg and welcome to any inspections.

Price: $725,000
Location: Howald,
Availability: Available

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[Source: Hemmings Daily]


Note from SOEC Staff: This announcement is not related to Saleen Automotive in Corona, CA. Hancock Park Associates, primary holder of Saleen Inc from 2004-2008, retained these assets through bankruptcy while parts and vehicle inventory were sold to MJ Acquisitions back in February 2009.

GA Global Partners Offers a ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Opportunity to Purchase the Assets and Intellectual Property of the Saleen S7, S7R and Saleen S5S Raptor Supercars

By: GA GLOBAL PARTNERS on July 14, 2015 07:48 AM EDT

WOODLAND HILLS, CA – (Marketwired – July 14, 2015) – GA Global Partners will be offering for sale the assets and intellectual property of the Saleen S7, S7R and S5S Raptor with a Date Certain Private Treaty Sale. The sale will include all remaining inventory, parts, memorabilia, molds, designs and intellectual property related to the Saleen S7, S7R and the Saleen S5S Raptor.

Included in this unique offering are six remaining chassis/frames for the Saleen S7 and S7R, and the one-of-a-kind concept car for the never-produced Saleen S5S Raptor.

“These prized assets have been kept in safe storage for the past five years which makes this a truly rare and historic opportunity to own all assets and rights to the first ‘Great American Supercar,’ and allow a new owner to continue the legacy with the S5S Raptor,” said Adam Alexander, CEO of GA Global Partners.

The street-legal Saleen S7 was introduced in 2000 and was followed by the S7R racing version in 2001. The S7R won nearly 30 poles and set 27 fastest laps at several tracks, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Saleen S5S was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show in 2008 but was never produced.

The Saleen S7 has been featured in numerous blockbuster movies like Bruce Almighty, Need for Speed, and Iron Man and has been covered extensively by the media and automotive magazines. The Saleen S7 and S5S Raptor have also been featured in top-selling video games, including, Asphalt, Forza, Midnight Club, and Gran Tourismo.

Prospective purchasers are encouraged to visit GAAuction.com for more information, photos and bidding details.

About GA Global Partners:
Across virtually every sector of the economy, at every stage of the business life cycle, GA Global Partners helps companies to realize the maximum value of their assets. In business for more than 40 years, our company and team of trusted professionals have developed unparalleled expertise at assessing the value of assets in a variety of businesses and, when necessary, managing the sale of those assets. For more information, visit www.gaauction.com or call (818) 340-3134.

GA Global Partners is the Auction Division of Great American Group LLC which is a subsidiary of B. Riley Financial, Inc. (OTCBB: RILY), a diversified provider of collaborative financial and business advisory services through several subsidiaries, including: B. Riley & Co. LLC, a leading investment bank which provides corporate finance, research, and sales & trading to corporate, institutional and high net worth individual clients; Great American Group, LLC; B. Riley Capital Management, LLC, an SEC registered Investment Advisor, which includes B. Riley Asset Management, a provider of investment products to institutional and high net worth investors, and B. Riley Wealth Management (formally MK Capital Advisors), a multi-family office practice and wealth management firm focused on the needs of ultra-high net worth individuals and families; and Great American Capital Partners, a provider of senior secured loans and second lien secured loan facilities to middle market public and private U.S. companies.

B. Riley Financial, Inc. is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in major financial markets throughout the United States and Europe. For more information on B. Riley Financial, Inc., visit www.brileyfin.com.

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[Source: GA Global Partners]


My first Le Mans

By: OLIVER GAVIN on June 01, 2015

It was a dark and stormy race… The 2001 24 Hours of Le Mans was certainly a baptism of fire. In fact, the extended periods of torrential rain that lashed the Loire Valley made that year’s edition of the twice-around-the-clock enduro one of the most brutal of all time.

Drivers: Konrad, Gavin, Borcheller
Drivers: Konrad, Gavin, Borcheller

My first experience of the French classic definitely stands out as one of the hardest of my career, but I look back at the race with pride, because I was involved in a great David and Goliath-style tale, driving alongside Franz Konrad and Terry Borcheller for the relatively small Saleen-Allen Speedlab squad, against the might of the factory Corvette Racing team.

Saleen Team at Le Mans 2001
Saleen Team at Le Mans 2001

We arrived at Circuit de la Sarthe off the back of a surprising victory on the Saleen S7R’s debut in the 12 Hours of Sebring. The car had never run for more than three hours in pre-season testing so nobody expected it to last, but we ended up taking pole position and translating that into a race win, beating the Velocity Yellow Corvettes.

All of a sudden, our GTS rivals stood up and paid attention and we headed to central France confident that the #60 car would be fast, but unsure how the story would unfold.

As at Sebring, pole position was ours. Franz elected to start the race and, using his many years of experience, instilled a sense of confidence within the Speedlab garages, a strong belief that we could survive and overcome the treacherous conditions.

However, we would be punished for our complacency when a freak shower between Arnage and the Porsche Curves caused a series of crashes involving as many as 15 cars, including ours.

A spin sent Franz into the Armco, necessitating extra pitstops to repair a damaged rear wing and rear deck, and I suppose this is where the larger and experienced teams come to the fore, as Corvette Racing wisely split its tyre strategies and simply drove around the carnage to establish a healthy and ultimately indomitable lead.

2001 Saleen S7R
2001 Saleen S7R

There were many times when I asked myself how the organisers could allow the race to continue as conditions worsened. It’s quite something when you’re aquaplaning on the Mulsanne Straight with zero visibility through a fogged up windscreen, trying to spot your braking point by gazing through the side windows for road markings and other landmarks, while listening intently to the engine notes of the cars ahead of you.

A stick with a sponge taped to the end accompanied Terry, Franz and I in the cockpit; the Saleen’s gullwing doors would send rainwater into your lap and the car’s electronics during the stops, only for the moisture to then accumulate on the inside of the windscreen.

As a result, misfires and other strange problems developed, but we kept plugging away and the #60 S7R was in an ideal position to grab a runner-up spot in the latter stages of the event but lost an engine cylinder with little more than three hours remaining.

The Speedlab crew repaired the ailing V8 engine for one last tour of the French countryside, having already completed the necessary laps to earn an official finishing position.

As I’ve always said, finishing is a victory in itself and that was never truer than in 2001. Proudly carrying battle scars and limping home on seven of its eight cylinders, Terry took the #60 machine over the line, third in the super-competitive GTS class, etching the Saleen name into the Le Mans record books.

2001 Saleen S7R
2001 Saleen S7R

My maiden Le Mans was an extreme experience and coming through such an ordeal taught me a huge amount, standing me in good stead and setting me up nicely for everything the French endurance classic has thrown at me since first entering the Corvette Racing fold in 2002.

I have taken the start of the 24 Hours on all but one occasion since. I have a good feeling for how to drive the opening stint of the race, but I also know that once you get past those first few laps, it’s pretty much all out of your control.

Of course, the story of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans is yet to be written; I’ll probably draft the first chapter and then the plot will thicken with unexpected twists in the tale, inevitable moments of doubt and dramatic swings in fortune, building towards a tense and emotional climax.

You throw in other variables like changes in climactic conditions and driver error, as well as the challenges associated with racing during sunset, the hours of darkness and sunrise and you have a masterpiece on your hands. These are all parts of the narrative and Le Mans is one of those books you just can’t put down.

To be continued…

[Source: Motorsports Online]


Phil Frank Design wins 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans

Le Mans, France. The #50 Saleen S7R campaigned by Larbre Competition wins the last GT1 classification race to be held at the 78th running of 24 hours of Le Mans and takes its place in history.

Designer of the Saleen S7, Phil Frank celebrates the crowning achievement, “This is very proud moment for me, ten years ago I had just completed my design work on the S7, few people know the interesting story so I’ll share some of it here. I had been providing design consulting for Saleen for about seven years at the time, including two generations of Saleen Mustangs, a Saleen Explorer, a Saleen Focus and the Saleen SR Mustang race car. The later was the precursor to the S7, as it took more time to convert a Mustang into a true competition car than to start from a clean sheet of paper. And thus my design and development work began.”

Phil explains, “December 19, 1999, Portland, Oregon, the design work for the S7 officially began in my humble basement studio of my home. At the time I was employed by Nike Equipment as a watch designer, so my S7 design work took place during my second shift, from 9 PM to 1, 2 or even 3 AM, I knew it was time to sleep when the RML engineers in England responded instantly to my emails!

Phil continues, “For the next four months I pioneered and completed the first complete digital development of the body and interior of a production car, if you can believe it using Rhinoceros3D 1.0! We went from 3D data to production surfaces with just one 1:5 scale CNC model in between.”

August 19, 2000 the S7 debuted at Pebble Beach as the world’s fastest road car of its time, just eight short months after the initial sketches were put to paper, another amazing achievement. The S7R race version was introduced shortly afterwards in 2001, where it went on to win all four of the Championships in which it competed that year including: the driver’s championship of the American and European LeMans Series’, the American Grand Am Series and the FIA GT Championship.

“My congratulations to Jack Leconte and his Larbre Competition drivers Roland Bervillé, Julien Canal and Gabriele Gardel to this extraordinary achievement, you made me proud!” Phil Frank.

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Orange County, California / LeMans, France. (June 13, 2010) Today, Steve Saleen, the man who founded Saleen, Inc, and who created America’s most successful racecar, the Saleen S7R, congratulated Larbre Competition boss Jack Leconte to winning the GT1 class of this year’s 24 hours of LeMans in the Saleen S7R.

Says Steve Saleen: “The Saleen S7R is the most successful racing car ever to come out of the United States. After having won at virtually every major race track in the world, the win at LeMans represents the crown of motor racing. We would like to congratulate Jack Leconte and his drivers Roland Bervillé, Julien Canal and Gabriele Gardel to this extraordinary achievement. The almost entirely trouble-free race for the Saleen S7R underlines the excellence of this almost ten year old design.”

The Saleen S7 was launched in August of 2000 at Pebble Beach by Steve Saleen as the world’s fastest road car of its time. The S7R race version was introduced shortly afterwards, winning in 2001 all of the four championships which it competed in: the driver’s championship of the American and European LeMans Series’, the American Grand Am Series and the FIA GT Championship. Since then, the S7R has competed in numerous races and championships and has won at least once in every year since. This year, team Larbre Competition competed in LeMans with the S7R in the GT1 class, where it won against the 2nd placed Corvette C6, an Aston Martin DBR9R on 3rd as well as the Lamborghini Murciélago and the Ford GT. Further information about the S7 and the S7R success can be found on Steve Saleen’s website www.smssupercars.com.

About Steve Saleen’s SMS Supercars – Speed, Science and Style
SMS Supercars, a company founded by renowned race driver and automotive icon Steve Saleen, is a manufacturer of high-end lifestyle performance vehicles, technical performance parts, lifestyle accessories and apparel. SMS Supercars designs, engineers, tests, certifies, manufactures and assembles all of its own products and vehicles. SMS Supercars’ first vehicles, the SMS 570 and SMS 570X Challenger were launched in early 2009, with the SMS 302 and 302SC Mustang models following in April of 2010. The SMS 620 and SMS 620X Camaro will complete the offering of SMS Signature Series vehicles in the summer of 2010.

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Our friends at Saleen sent the following announcement:

“The America’s Supercar” – Speed TV
Debuts Saturday April 7th 8:00pm E/T
Repeats Sunday April 8th 2:30pm E/T, Monday April 9th 2:00pm E/T and Saturday April 14th 4:00pm E/T

This special features the creation of the Saleen S7 Supercar. It follows the S7 from the drawing board, through wind tunnel to testing the prototype in Wales, and to the assembly line in Irvine where race cars and street cars are built side by side. This not to be missed special will also feature the story of an automotive pioneer, Steve Saleen, who built an uncompromising car whose sole purpose was to beat the world?s best car.

SPEED TV: The American Supercar

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Drivers Ayari & Hernandez Sweep Pole Positions & Wins FFSA GT

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ — Drivers Soheil Ayari and Bruno Hernandez in their #9 Saleen S7R, not only secured both pole positions, they also won both races at Le Mans this past weekend. This is an outstanding finish to the 2006 FFSA GT season before the final race commences at Magny-Cours next weekend (October 21-22).

In spite of a 40 kg (nearly 90 lbs) weight ballast, the Saleen S7R again proved its resolve on the track by outshining its competition of Ferraris, Corvettes and Vipers.

This crowning achievement now makes Saleen a nine-time Manufacturers’ Champion in a GT Series.

Ayari stated, “The Team did a superior job. The Saleen S7R was increasingly powerful throughout the season and the racecar obtained a world- class level of reliability. I was proud to share the wheel with Bruno all year.”

“We are very happy with the teamwork. The Saleen S7R has been reliable and powerful and today we have far surpassed our goals,” Hernandez added.

Founder and Vice Chairman, Steve Saleen, best described the 2006 season: “This achievement for 2006 has solidified our partnership with Oreca. This distinct affiliation combined with teamwork on the track achieved our goal of preparing for races in 2007.”

He continued, “Saleen’s racing history is renowned. Without a doubt, our racing accomplishments this year alone with Oreca as well as with Zakspeed have affected the industry to an extent that no other manufacturer can emulate.”

“Factory teams with vast resource pools have yet to grasp what we’ve done with the S7R,” noted Billy Tally, Saleen’s Chief Officer of Technology. “Our applied technology and innovation of power, downforce and mechanics have placed the S7R in a league of its own,” Billy concluded.

About Saleen
Since the company’s inception in 1984, Saleen has produced over 10,000 complete and EPA certified vehicles, more than any other specialty automobile manufacturer. In addition, Saleen has manufactured more than 600,000 vehicles worldwide, further emphasizing their commitment to excellence.

Now a nine-time Manufacturers’ Champion in GT sports car racing, Saleen manufactures the American Supercar – the Saleen S7, the S281 Mustang, the S331 Sport Truck in addition to the Saleen Parnelli Jones Limited Edition Mustang. Saleen’s manufacturing facilities are located in Irvine, California, and Troy, Michigan. The Michigan facility just finished a three-year run of the paint and assembly of the Ford GT.

For more information please visit www.saleen.com.

SOURCE: Saleen

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