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LAS VEGAS, Nev., Nov. 4, 2009 – Saleen Performance Vehicles today unveiled the first in its 2010 premiere line of high-performance cars, the 2010 Saleen S281. The introduction took place at the annual SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is the second Saleen vehicle launched this year, following the 2010 435S introduced in August.

The S281, based on the 2010 Ford Mustang, displays a premium level of design consideration, both exterior and interior, with performance to match. It builds on the Saleen tradition of offering limited-edition, high-performance vehicles for enthusiasts who are looking for an exhilarating driving experience, with refined driveability for real-world road conditions.

“For more than 25 years the Saleen name has stood for excellence in design, engineering, and driving dynamics,” said Mike Shields, CEO of Saleen Performance Vehicles. “The new S281 is an excellent example of what those words mean when we craft concepts into real cars. Our team has done a terrific job; I’m proud of them and proud to be offering this car to our customers.”

The S281′s exterior design features carefully crafted sculptural detailing, with lines and forms that flow naturally and suggest suppleness, power and agility. It features an understated yet imposing grille and front fascia, and a refined treatment of the familiar Saleen extended rear fascia and trunk lid with a simple, elegant, integrated wing.

“Our goal was to create the most visually enticing American sports car ever,” said David Byron, design director at Saleen Performance Vehicles. “Ford provided the perfect launching pad with the 2010 Mustang, which allowed our team to create a car that’s world class and authentically Saleen. We painstakingly toiled over every bend and break in the body and every stitch and fold in the interior.”

The S281′s 4.6-liter V8 engine is equipped with a Saleen Series VI.5 twin-screw supercharger and dual-stage intercooler. It produces 485 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, sent to the rear wheels through a short-throw, five-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential with 3.73:1 final drive ratio.

The Saleen Racecraft suspension system is new, and includes specially tuned, single-rate front and rear springs; nitrogen-pressurized front struts and rear shocks with a wide range of damping adjustments; and a specially tuned front sway bar with performance pivot bushings.

The interior features new, leather sport seats with Ultra-Suede inserts, highlighted by chevron-like Ultra-Suede red tabs in the seatback bolsters, and unique treatments of the gauges, steering wheel, center console and shifter. There also are contrasting Saleen logos in the door panels, and Saleen logos in the door sill plates that illuminate when the door is opened.

Additional exterior highlights include unique, 20-inch, 7-spoke alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero Rosso high-performance tires, and Saleen S281 Supercharged fender badging.

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November 2, 2009

Since acquiring Saleen Performance Vehicles earlier this year, we have been working tirelessly to usher this iconic brand into a pulse-quickening new chapter. During this time, there has been a lot of speculation and innuendo – some of it quite astounding – about our commitment, and about our capabilities.

The purpose of this letter is to provide some facts about the new Saleen.

To begin, we are committed to our customers. This past summer, we announced a comprehensive warranty policy to support dealers as well as owners of recent model-year Saleen cars. In addition, we have extended support to the Saleen Club of America, the premier organization for enthusiasts of the marque.

We are also committed to the brand’s future, and are actively developing the next generation of Saleen products. In July, we presented the 2010 Saleen 435S in Myrtle Beach. Deliveries of this potent V8 coupe began in September.

This Wednesday, at SEMA (Booth #21658), we will unveil a dramatic new addition to the Saleen legend: the 2010 Saleen S281. We expect the enthusiast community will like what they see when we pull the cover off at 9:30 a.m. PST in Las Vegas.

In terms of capabilities, I am immensely proud of the technical prowess of the Saleen core team and our affiliate companies. Power-Tec, our advanced power components arm, has created a remarkable new supercharger system for the 2011 Saleen Mustang. Control-Tec, our engine controls group, has been pivotal in advancing the sophistication of our new cars’ calibrations through the application of the same innovative processes and tools used by their OEM customers.

Simply put, the technological expertise of our corporate family is unmatched in the specialty vehicle world. And make no mistake, these are men and women who live and breathe high performance all day, every day.

Looking ahead, our cycle plan will take Saleen to new levels of achievement in terms of performance, refinement, quality, and value. We will deliver exclusive American exotics designed to reward the most demanding drivers in the world – automobiles that fulfill and extend our promise: “Power in the Hands of the Few.”

We are dedicated, passionate, and thrilled about our mission. Keep your seatbelt fastened; there’s a lot of excitement just up the road.


Mike Shields

p.s. Please visit us at Saleen.com, Power-Tec.com, and Control-Tec.com.


From our friends at Saleen Performance Vehicles.

10-0001 S281 SEMA Show Car
Preparing 10-0001 S281 SEMA Show Car

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From our friends at Saleen Performance Vehicles:

The first sale of 2010 Saleen 435S by Palmetto Ford in Charleston, SC.

Palmetto Ford sales first 435S
Palmetto Ford sales first 435S

Congratulations to the new owners!

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Editor note: The hobby becomes politicized.

From: “Saleen Club Of America” <saleenclub@hotmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2009 4:10 PM
Subject: Saleen Club of America Announcement

Most of you know, since our club started in 2003, we were not officially recognized by Saleen as a National Club and were not supported by the company – only until recently were we given any support for our events in sponsorship fees.

Our clubs purpose is to provide the members with activities, communications and information about Saleens and to live up to our motto “Fun, Friendships and Saleens“.

During a recent trip we made to Troy MI to meet with Saleen Performance Vehicles, our club and it’s position was discussed with the new owners.

Today, we are happy to announce Saleen Performance Vehicles has recognized the Saleen Club of America as the sole Saleen supported & recognized national club.

Mike Shields, CEO of Saleen PV, has shown his support and recognition of the SCOA by listing us as the only Saleen club on their website www.saleen.com. In addition, the 2010 Saleen Warranty book will include our club contact information and be the only Saleen club listed.

Also, with each new Saleen vehicle, owners will receive information about our club in a Special Edition of PoweRRR, which they will find in their trunk. The Special Edition will be an overview of the club, it’s events and members, plus on the back page, a special Membership Application with a (1) year free membership to the Saleen Club of America.

This is a major milestone in our club and shouldn’t be treated lightly.

We also want to extend an invitation to members of other Saleen clubs to join with us, have some FUN, makes some FRIENDSHIPS and enjoy our Saleens.

In the October 2009 issue of PoweRRR, you can read about the discussion, the agreement and meet Mr. Shields and his staff.

Charlie Smith, President
Saleen Club of America


From our friends at Saleen Performance Vehicles.

Woodward Dream Cruise 2009
Preproduction S7 with 2010 435S #02

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