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23rd ANNUAL SALEEN CAR SHOW & OPEN HOUSE, PART I

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

So many amazing Saleens at the Open House and Car show today, here are just a few of our favorites!

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TRUCK TREND: 2019 SALEEN SPORTRUCK

First Drive: 2019 Saleen Sporttruck
700 Glorious Horsepower

By: JASON GONDERMAN on SEPTEMBER 11, 2019
Original Article: TRUCKTREND.COM

First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck
First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck

To power-hungry auto enthusiasts, the name Saleen should immediately conjure up images of slick race cars and smoking tires. Steve Saleen, founder and CEO of Saleen Automotive, began racing professionally in the ’70s and continued what would be a storied and successful career as both a driver and team owner for the better part of three decades. As an auto manufacturer, Saleen’s companies are known for having built some of the coolest cars and trucks on the road, including engineering, developing, and assembling the legendary 2005-to-2006 Ford GT. Saleen has also built one of the winningest supercars of all time, the S7. For those of us who don’t want to drop a cool million on an S7 but still desire a Saleen in the driveway, Steve’s current company, Saleen Automotive, constructs a line of custom Fords that are hard to beat.

While Mustangs are cool, and Saleen Automotive has built a lot of them, the company’s 2019 Sporttruck is far and away our favorite. It’s based on the popular Ford F-150 platform, and customers can choose from four different power levels, starting with enhanced 2.7L (340 hp and 410 lb-ft) and 3.5L (350 hp and 450 lb-ft) EcoBoost V-6 engines, a naturally aspirated 5.0L (415 hp and 420 lb-ft) V-8, or a supercharged 5.0L (700 hp and 600 lb-ft) V-8. The Sporttruck comes standard as a single cab but can be ordered in either Super Cab or Super Crew as well.

First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Engine
First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Engine

In addition to multiple power levels, there are three progressive levels of customization, starting with White Label, then Yellow Label, and finally the top-tier Black Label. When Saleen offered up the keys to a supercharged Black Label (#001 in fact), we were headed out to its facility before even hanging up the phone.

The nose of our Black Label truck was dressed up with a functional front air dam, front brake ducting, a racing-inspired grille design, and a uniquely sculpted hood. Around back, the Sporttruck features Saleen nameplate trim in the center of the tailgate and large rear exhaust tips that tuck nicely into the rear valence. Side skirts add a nice touch but honestly got in the way of entering and exiting the vehicle, as they can’t support the weight of being stepped on. All models are lowered with Racecraft suspension and are fitted with 22-inch wheels and General Grabber UHP tires.

First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Suspension
First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Suspension
First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Wheel
First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Wheel

The interior gets a unique Saleen treatment as well, with two-tone leather sport seats, embroidered headrests, white-face gauges, and embroidered floor mats. We could have honestly done without the Saleen sticker placed over the steering wheel’s Ford blue oval, but we digress. And if a factory Ford paint color doesn’t do it for you, Saleen offers 13 custom exterior choices.

We spent a week behind the wheel of Sporttruck #001, and we honestly regretted giving it back instead of just disappearing to a beach in Mexico somewhere. With 700 hp on tap, the truck is an absolute riot to drive. The wide General tires provide an adequate amount of grip and, despite its short wheelbase, the truck handled remarkably well. We affectionately referred to it as a menace due in part to the fact that the exhaust was obnoxiously loud and our juvenile brains couldn’t handle accelerating at any rate other than wide open. The truck’s large 15-inch brakes with six-piston calipers did a great job of keeping the speed in check. We still have our reservations about the factory 10-speed transmission’s ability to survive 700 hp, but there are several companies punishing them in this way, and, so far, the reports are favorable. While we’re certain there’s a fair amount of torque management happening to facilitate this survival, we did enjoy the shifting of this transmission versus the competition in this space. So kudos to Saleen’s tuning department for whatever magic they performed.

First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Rear
First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck Rear

The interior of the truck was comfortable and cozy, and we enjoyed the leather seats. While Saleen will build any trim of truck a customer desires, the crew prefers to start with an XLT. Though we understand why they prefer the lower trim package, we’d still like to see some of the higher-end niceties such as navigation, adaptive cruise, and blind-spot monitoring when we’re paying north of $70k for a truck. We also wouldn’t order a single cab—other than a play toy, they’re nearly useless.

If you’re in the market for a high-power street-oriented pickup that’ll turn heads everywhere you go, the Saleen Sporttruck is a no-brainer. And to top it off, the Sporttruck is sold through Ford’s dealer network, making current incentives applicable (if the dealer so chooses) and retaining Ford’s factory warranty. Pick the Black Label with a blower and go have a fun time munching tires and burning gas. We’ll take a Super Crew Lariat in Ruby Red, please.

First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck
First Drive 2019 Saleen Sporttruck
2019 Saleen SporTruck (Black Label)
Base price: $39,270
Price as tested: $75,505
Engine: Supercharged 5.0L V-8
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Horsepower: 700 @ 5,750 rpm
Torque: 600 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Towing capacity: Not rated separately
EPA fuel economy rating: Not rated separately
Actual calculated economy: 11.51 mpg
Miles driven: 186.1

[Source: Truck Trend]

DRIVETRIBE: THE SALEEN S7 STORY

Nearly 20 years on, the Saleen S7 is proving itself a classic

By: TOM WILSON on August, 2019
Original Article: DRIVETRIBE.COM

Nineteen years after its introduction and twelve years since it went out of series production, the Saleen S7 supercar is again attracting considerable attention. A new generation of enthusiasts is re-discovering the classically handsome, race-bred Saleen with still mind-bending performance. Plus, Saleen’s recent expansion into China has exposed the S7 to a giant new market that’s running up the S7 search engine hits on the Internet. But along with this new interest has come much speculation and mis-information about the iconic supercar and its origins.

Some of the mystery is due to the relatively thin official technical and build information available about the big Saleen. The early-aughts were hectic days at Saleen and there wasn’t the time or interest from the enthusiast magazines of the time to delve deeply into the details of the supercar’s origin. Saleen press materials had laid out the basics, the magazines had covered that and their driving impressions in new car reviews, the car sold itself on merit and there was plenty of international S7 racing to support, plus the whole business of building Saleen Mustangs. But aside from those early magazine reports, there’s been nothing of substance on the S7 story in many years; today that’s lead to a bit of unintended mystery surrounding the car, at least to those not familiar with the effort.

Now spanning 19 years, the Saleen S7 story has evolved from the completely unexpected upstart at its 2000 debut to a timelessly classic supercar as epitomized by the mega-powerful 2019 S7 Le Mans edition seen at the Corona, Calif. headquarters.
Now spanning 19 years, the Saleen S7 story has evolved from the completely unexpected upstart at its 2000 debut to a timelessly classic supercar as epitomized by the mega-powerful 2019 S7 Le Mans edition seen at the Corona, Calif. headquarters.

If there’s anything the Internet can’t support, it’s the mystery and all sorts of hokum that has surfaced regarding the S7. Eager enthusiasts can perhaps be forgiven for making assumptions about the car’s origins, but the amount of speculative, un-researched and downright wrong ‘journalism’ surrounding the S7 on the Internet is shameful and tilting toward the absurd.

The S7 truth is simple enough and follows the narrative laid out in the legitimate press during the car’s introduction. To briefly review, in 1999, Steve Saleen, realised the existing Mustang-based race car – the Saleen Mustang SR as campaigned in the U.S. and at Le Mans in 1997 – had reached the end of its development life. He ultimately decided to build his own, all-new race car, and by starting with a clean computer screen, opted for a mid-engine layout with a goal of winning the LMGT1 class at Le Mans.

While the previous Saleen Mustang SR racers had evolved from street cars into race cars, the S7 was from the beginning a dual-purpose machine, a race car simultaneously developed as a street car. Steve not only wanted a winner at the most demanding sportscar race in the world, but also a purebred sports/supercar for the street. During the car’s design, the racing and street versions were kept amazingly similar, which explains why the S7 has always been a no-excuses driver’s car, one which in street form easily preserves the directness and honesty of its racing roots. It also belies any misplaced concept that the S7 was some revision of an existing design; it’s simply too specialized for that; combining its thumping V8 and high downforce aero package are incompatible with any previous designs.

Steve Saleen was present at every step of the S7’s development. Here he and Billy Tally discuss the S7 engine with Neil Hannemann looking on.
Steve Saleen was present at every step of the S7’s development. Here he and Billy Tally discuss the S7 engine with Neil Hannemann looking on.

While Saleen as a company was well-versed in racing and speciality car manufacturing in 1999, like any car maker it needed to augment its engineering and fabrication capabilities when laying down their supercar’s chassis and suspension. After all, creating a Le Mans chassis from scratch requires specialized engineering and prototyping skills, especially when the latest, F1-level of aerodynamic knowledge is being sought. So, Saleen went looking for specialist contractors and found them, not unexpectedly, in the home of international road racing, the English Midlands. Besides its technical advantages, the Midlands also offered remoteness from the U.S. automotive scene and thus eased the security that such projects require.

While the prototype S7’s all-new, honeycomb-reinforced space frame chassis came together in England, back in Irvine, California Steve directed Saleen’s in-house race engineer and all-round secret weapon, Billy Tally, to develop an American-style cam-in-block V-8 for the new car. Leveraging extensive motorcycle, NASCAR and off-road racing experience into the S7’s namesake 7.0-litre V8, Saleen specified his own block casting, innovative clutch, starter, intake, dry-sump oiling, NASCAR-derived cylinder heads and front engine dress to package the powerplant in a mid-engine chassis. Saleen also determined all engine internals and tuning, including camming, electronic tuning and valvetrain oil spray system. Dyno development was done by Tally in Southern California and the engines built in-house at Saleen. Transaxles were RBT units on street cars and Xtrac on S7R race cars.

S7 development and production was based completely in Saleen’s Irvine, Calif., headquarters.
S7 development and production was based completely in Saleen’s Irvine, Calif., headquarters.

All S7s, both street and race, naturally-aspirated or turbocharged, have used this engine with only minor variations. The exception is the final Le Mans edition S7s. More the product of 2019 engineering, they retain the 427’s 7.0-litre displacement and bottom end, but have seen considerable changes in the cylinder heads, intake, turbos, charge cooling and a generational advancement in electronic engine management to arrive at 1,300bhp on gasoline and just shy of 1,500bhp when running E85 ethanol/gasoline fuel and 20+lbs of boost. The original engine was equally capable. In its first, naturally aspirated trim it was rated at 550bhp; adding twin turbochargers to it in the S7 Twin Turbo model bumped its rating to 750bhp via a mere 4.5lbs of boost. A pair of optional, non-street legal upgrades bumped the TT all the way to 1000bhp for track use at just 8lbs of boost.

Along with the chassis built by Ray Mallock (RML) in the English Midlands, and engine development at Saleen in Irvine, Calif., the S7’s body and interior were designed by Steve and Phil Frank, the latter having exercised his considerable talents at Saleen for five years by the time of the S7 project in 1999-2000. Aerodynamic work in England and the wind tunnel at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, plus rules requirements of the ACO organization running the Le Mans race were factors in the S7’s shape, a form that Phil and Steve worked especially closely together on.

When the S7 debuted in August 2000 at the Monterey Historic Races, it was both a complete surprise to the public and a prototype still some way from series production. Much work remained to arrive at a saleable street car, or even more immediately, a workable race car.

Before 2005 when the Twin Turbo street version of the S7 appeared, essentially every system, part and manufacturing process of the S7 was U.S. based, mainly in Saleen’s own Irvine facility or by a few remaining contractors. The chassis took form in Saleen’s in-house fabrication shop, the engines were built in the Saleen engine shop, the bodywork laid out in Saleen’s carbon shop and painted in the Saleen paint shop, the interior crafted in the Saleen upholstery shop and the whole car assembled on Saleen’s dedicated S7 assembly line.

List of S7 Contractors

No automaker designs or builds something as complex as a new car without the aid of skilled specialist contractors. Some of those individuals and companies that contributed to the S7 success are:

• Aria Group (USA)

• Brembo S.p.A. (Italy)

• Andy Coventry, Williams F1 aerodynamicist (UK)

• Frazero (UK)

• Lola Cars International (CTS carbon fiber division) (UK)

• Ray Mallock Limited (UK)

• RBT Transmissions (USA)

• University of Scotland (UK)

• Xtrac Transmission Technology (UK)

Series production of the S7 took place completely on the Irvine, Calif. S7 assembly line. Saleen Mustang production is just visible in the background.
Series production of the S7 took place completely on the Irvine, Calif. S7 assembly line. Saleen Mustang production is just visible in the background.

As a race car, the S7R was, like the street car, a major success, winning over 100 professional events and proving one of the outstanding customer racecars of the modern era. Its combination of blistering speed, durability, easy serviceability and support from the Saleen factory ensured its steady employment among teams contesting IMSA, ALMS, FIA and Le Mans series events in the United States and abroad. And yes, it did – finally – win its GT class at Le Mans in 2010.

Such racing success significantly differentiates the S7 from its supercar classmates, nearly all of which are street-centric. As a rule, such supercars are certainly capable, but tuned to protect the more exuberantly enthusiastic drivers rather then reward the skilled. By comparison, the track-bred S7 is honed right to the edge and delivers a far less-filtered, purer driving experience that’s loud and high effort because that’s the way hardcore driver cars are. It’s not for everyone, but it gives those in the know a uniquely authentic race car experience and doesn’t hurt the car’s honestly earned cache one bit.

Critics have called the S7 out precisely for its elemental approach, saying the project was too large for Saleen to complete, or hinting it was somehow not really a Saleen product and was opportunistically brought in from elsewhere. Nothing could be further from the truth. There’s more of Steve Saleen in the S7 than any other car he’s built.

When the S7 was publicly unveiled at Pebble Beach in 2000, it ushered in a new era of supercar design and performance.
When the S7 was publicly unveiled at Pebble Beach in 2000, it ushered in a new era of supercar design and performance.

He conceived the very idea of the car, directed every aspect of its engineering and design, was its chief development driver and has been hands-on for every step of the S7 story. In return, the S7 inarguably cemented Saleen’s reputation as a manufacturer, so much so that in 2002, the Ford Motor Company contracted Saleen for the engineering, painting and manufacturing of its own supercar, the first generation Ford GT, in a Saleen assembly plant.

Today, although long out of production save the final handful of Le Mans edition cars, the S7 continues as the Saleen flagship, still drawing attention both in the West and in China where its star power has visibly anchored the immense Saleen initiative there. It’s a natural job for the S7 as its direct approach to driving, prodigious performance and timeless styling have made it a modern classic among supercars.


Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson’s three decades of full-time auto journalism have included a 16-year association with Road & Track magazine, features and new car reviews for MSN Autos and editing Super Ford magazine, along with several technical books and aviation writing. Tom has driven nearly every Saleen model ever built and has chronicled the S7 story since the start. He is currently working on the definitive S7 book set for publication by next year.

[Source: DriveTribe]

SALEEN HOSTS 23rd OPEN HOUSE & CAR SHOW EVENT

SALEEN HOSTS SEPTEMBER 14th OPEN HOUSE AND CAR SHOW EVENT

High-performance automaker Saleen Automotive invites SoCal car enthusiasts to its Corona, Calif. headquarters for 23rd annual car show and open house

Company founder Steve Saleen will attend to sign autographs and lead tours of Saleen production facilities, plus present car show trophies

CORONA, Calif. (Sept. 9, 2019) – Famed supercar brand Saleen Automotive is inviting Southern California’s car enthusiasts to the company’s Corona, Calif. headquarters on Saturday, September 14 for its 23rd annual open house and car show event.

As one of the biggest names in American high-performance vehicles and one of California’s only automotive brands, Saleen will open its doors for a full day of festivities including one of SoCal’s largest car shows, barbecue and autograph sessions with company founder and CEO, Steve Saleen.

Visitors to the free event – which has been a Saleen tradition since 1996 – can enjoy a tour of the Saleen Signature model production facilities, where the company’s S302 and Sportruck models are produced. A special highlight will include a VIP tour of the Saleen Original production line, where the Saleen S7 Le Mans and mid-engined Saleen 1 models are produced.

The car show is open to all makes and models of classic cars and collector vehicles, plus modern high-performance automobiles and supercars – promising a diverse range of vehicles in attendance. A special, dedicated parking area will be reserved for Saleen models. Registration for the car show is open from 8am-10am, with no advance registration required.

Saleen’s 23rd annual open house and car show event will be held from 10am-4pm on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 outside the company’s headquarters at 2735 Wardlow Road, Corona CA 92882.

For more information, visit www.Saleen.com, or follow Saleen on social by using on Facebook at Facebook.com/Saleen , or by using @Saleen on Twitter and @Saleen on Instagram.

About Saleen Automotive, Inc.
Saleen is dedicated to transforming the transportation experience. For over 35 years, the California-based automotive manufacturer has redefined driving through high-performing vehicles that combine championship-winning racing pedigree with innovative technology and distinctive styling.

From the first Saleen Mustang in 1984 to the legendary S7 in 2000 and the groundbreaking new Saleen 1, founder Steve Saleen has continually set the bar for vehicle design and performance engineering on streets and racetracks worldwide. In addition to its distinctive Saleen Signature and Saleen Original vehicle lines, Saleen offers a wide variety of technical parts, lifestyle accessories and apparel for those with a passion for performance. Learn more at www.saleen.com.

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Saleen PR – Collin Whitley
cwhitley@Saleen.com

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FORD AUTHORITY: DRIVING THE SALEEN S302 WHITE LABEL, PART 1

Driving The Saleen S302 White Label: The Exterior

By: ALEX LUFT on SEPTEMBER 6, 2019
Original Article: FORDAUTHORITY.COM

One look. That’s all it takes to realize that the 2019 Saleen S302 White Label is no ordinary Mustang. And that’s because it is anything but ordinary. We spent the past two weeks with this beauty, and enjoyed every minute of it. First things first, let’s get a good gander at this breathtaking exterior.

2019 Ford Mustang Saleen White Label Exterior Ford Authority Front Three Quarters
2019 Ford Mustang Saleen White Label Exterior Ford Authority Front Three Quarters

The S302 White Label serves as the entry-level model in the Saleen model hierarchy. It starts out as the Mustang GT with Ford’s naturally-breathing 5.0L V8 Coyote engine, which receives a 15 horsepower bump at the hands of Saleen. From there, California-based firm makes a host of very tasteful and appropriate improvements and customizations to deliver a very unique package. Our tester was coated in Oxford White in the base (non-Premium) trim level and had black cloth seats.

2019 Saleen S302 White Label Vitals
Exterior Interior Mechanical
Saleen front fascia Saleen white face gauges 5.0L Coyote V8 tuned to 475 HP
Saleen rear wing Saleen billeft shift knob 6-speed manual transmission
Saleen 20-inch white wheels Saleen embroidered floor mats Saleen performance exhaust
Saleen white B-pillar trim Saleen signature steering wheel Saleen RaceCraft suspension & strut tower brace
Serialized limited production

Now, about that exterior: the Saleen Mustang White Label is one great-looking machine. The front end features a unique front fascia with a unique black billet-style grille with a red accent, along with an aggressive lower fascia. The modifications fix the sad and frumpy appearance introduced by the facelifted 2018 Mustang, giving the pony the more aggressive look it deserves.

2019 Ford Mustang Saleen White Label Exterior Ford Authority Frond End And Grille
2019 Ford Mustang Saleen White Label Exterior Ford Authority Frond End And Grille

The 001 ahead of the driver’s-side headlight denotes that this is the first Saleen S302 White Label for the 2019 model year. That number also appears on the serialized plaque inside the pony as well as under the hood.

A neat-looking 302 decal on the front fender denotes the engine size in cubic inches, tactfully letting others know that this is no ordinary Mustang. Slightly below that signage sit two more badges – one denoting the Four Valve configuration of the 5.0 Coyote engine and another denoting Saleen tuning. The B-pillar features white trim with Saleen script.

But the arguable piece de resistance of the Saleen S302 White Label are the wheels: a set of white-painted 20-inch wheels (9.5 inch in the front, 10.5 in the rear) make the coupe truly stand out on the road. Yellow brake calipers in the front make things pop.

2019 Ford Mustang Saleen White Label Exterior Ford Authority Side Profile
2019 Ford Mustang Saleen White Label Exterior Ford Authority Side Profile

Out back, a large rear wing complements the Mustang’s fastback proportions, while also providing functional downforce at higher speeds. Saleen script on the black decklid insert and Saleen dual exhaust with a diffuser round out the package.

2019 Ford Mustang Saleen White Label Exterior Ford Authority Rear Three Quarters
2019 Ford Mustang Saleen White Label Exterior Ford Authority Rear Three Quarters

During our two full weeks with this pony, not a day went by that someone did not come up to us to ask or talk about it, or give us a thumbs up. Observing fellow motorists in traffic was also fun, as Saleen’s pony turned heads when rolling up to a stop light or passing other vehicles. But none of that can truly describe how this car looks, and it looks absolutely stunning.

Walking up to the Saleen S302 put a smile on my face. Every. Single. Time. And I often caught myself looking out the window of my office on purpose just to catch a glimpse of this white knight. Having caught that glimpse, in turn, made me want to go out and drive it.

Anecdotally, a guy pulled up next to me in downtown Miami to ask what spacers the car was running, at which point I explained that there are no spacers, just really wide wheels. He was impressed. But the icing on the cake was walking out to the car after a gym session and seeing a group of teenagers taking selfies with the pony. It commands attention at every turn – it’s just that kind of car.

2019 Ford Mustang Saleen White Label Exterior Ford Authority Front Wheel
2019 Ford Mustang Saleen White Label Exterior Ford Authority Front Wheel

Indeed, the Saleen S032 White Label is no ordinary Mustang, and it shows. The entire package is very well thought-out and tastefully done. After two weeks with the car, I did not look forward to giving it back.

We’ll have much more about this gorgeous steed, including driving impressions, in the days ahead, so be sure to stay tuned and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

[Source: Ford Authority]

SOEC BROADCASTS FROM 23rd ANNUAL SALEEN SHOW & OPEN HOUSE

Join Us Live!

As we broadcast from the 23rd Annual Saleen Show & Open House this coming Saturday (Sept. 14th, 2019).

  • First Stream – 11 AM, PST
  • Second Stream – 3 PM, PST

Watch live coverage on our Facebook group:
www.facebook.com/groups/saleenclub

SOEC Live Stream 09.14.19
SOEC Live Stream 09.14.19

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TURNOLOGY: SALEEN CUP STORMS INTO NEW YORK

Saleen Cup Racing Series Storms Watkins Glen
At GT World Challenge

By: DAVE PANKEW on September 6, 2019
Original Article: TURNOLOGY.COM

Saleen Automotive is continuing to make new roads in their Saleen Cup Racing Series as a one-make “arrive and drive” style of race. We reported on the new series, which is in the second round of the inaugural race season and was held during the SRO Motorsports – Blancpain GT World Challenge America Series at Watkins Glen International. The Labor Day Weekend action saw several race teams campaigning the race version of the 450 hp Saleen 1 turbocharged race car to storm ‘The Glen’ nestled in the rolling hills of upper New York state.

The Saleen Cup Racing Series is intended to be easy to enter and affordable to maintain while retaining a professional-level of racing in the Saleen 1 spec race car.
The Saleen Cup Racing Series is intended to be easy to enter and affordable to maintain while retaining a professional-level of racing in the Saleen 1 spec race car.

The Saleen Cup Racing Series was intended to be easy to enter and affordable to maintain while retaining a professional-level of racing over the season in the Saleen 1 race car. The series is divided into two classes, the Pro-Am and Young Drivers, both of which foster talent at those levels for those looking to ramp up their racing resume.

For Saleen Cup drivers, there is quite a bit on the line as the winner of each class will get a paid seat in a Saleen GT4 car for the 2020 season. Not many guarantees like that in motorsports since anything can and will happen to change plans for the following season. With the Saleen Cup Racing Series, if you take the title, you’re racing in GT4 the coming season.

At the Watkins Glen race on Sunday, the winner in the Pro-Am Class was Brandon Davis, and Florida-native Hanna Zellers sealed up top spot in Young Drivers class.

Turnology: Saleen Cup, Watkins Glen
Turnology: Saleen Cup, Watkins Glen

Pro-Am Drivers

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

Young Drivers

  • First Place – (#71) Hanna Zellers
  • Second Place – (#12) Austin Riley
  • Third Place – (#19) Cameron Lawrence

“The Saleen Cup Racing Series has served as a development series for both our new Saleen 1 model and our team drivers. Watkins Glen was a proving ground for both,” said Steve Saleen, CEO, and founder of Saleen Automotive about this recent race.

The Saleen Cup Racing Series schedule includes four events for 2019 with two already completed, the upcoming rounds at Road America, Sept. 20-22 and Las Vegas, Oct. 18-20 should be heating up to clinch the championship and that GT4 seat next year.

For more about this series, visit the Saleen Cup website.

[Source: Turnology]

RARE ‘GREEN’ 1999 XP (99-0037X) OFFERED ON eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FMZU35P3XZB13638
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1999
Make: Ford
Model: Explorer
Sub Model: Saleen XP8
Body Type: SUV
Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine: 5.0L 302 Cu. In. V8
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Exterior Color: Green
Interior Color: Tan
Mileage: 42,000
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 264447975723

1999 Saleen XP, 99-0037X
1999 Saleen XP, 99-0037X

1999 SALEEN XP8 #037 Original condition rare find no accidents mint condition.I believe there were only (2) made in this color. A true survivor, a real collectable vehicle. V8 5.0 (302), 42,000 Org. miles, All Wheel Drive, Racecraft Suspension, , Saleen Aero Appearance Package, Saleen Complete Borla Exhaust, Saleen CoCo floor mats full set in excellent shape, Wood trim steering wheel and trim and Saleen brake and gas pedal. Original Saleen wheels in good shape. Truck is in excellent condition, A real head turner.

New tires, brakes and rotors and Ford Motorcraft battery.

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SALEEN CUP SERIES RACES ON AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

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SALEEN CUP SERIES RACES ON AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

Drivers in two distinct classes competed in Watkins Glen, August 31 – Sept 1, as part of an “arrive and drive” racing series showcasing the new Saleen 1 sports car

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 03, 2019) – Drivers convened at Watkins Glen International over Labor Day weekend for two days of competitive racing in the latest round of the Saleen Cup – a single-make “arrive and drive” racing series hosted by California-based Saleen Automotive.

Designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the new Saleen 1 turbocharged 450 horsepower sports car, the Saleen Cup offers turnkey racing for drivers in two distinct classes – a Pro-Amateur (“Pro-Am”) class for experienced drivers and a “Young Drivers” class, which gives prospective young drivers an opportunity to start a career in professional motorsports.

Brandon Davis of Sonoma, Calif. and Eric Powell of Orlando, Fla. stood atop the podium in the “Pro-Am Drivers” class during races on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1, while Austin Riley of Uxbridge, Ontario Canada and Hanna Zellers of Granger, Ind. took top honors in the “Young Drivers” class.

Watkins Glen Results – Saturday, August 31:

Pro-Am Drivers

  • First Place – (#7) Eric Powell
  • Second Place – (#9) Martina Kwan
  • Third Place – (#2) Bryce Miller

Young Drivers

  • First Place – (#12) Austin Riley
  • Second Place – (#18) Carter Fartuch
  • Third Place – (#19) Cameron Lawrence

Watkins Glen Results – Sunday, September 1:

Pro-Am Drivers

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

Young Drivers

  • First Place – (#71) Hanna Zellers
  • Second Place – (#12) Austin Riley
  • Third Place – (#19) Cameron Lawrence

The Watkins Glen races are the second of four events in the 2019 Saleen Cup schedule, and which marks the return to motorsports for Saleen Automotive, led by legendary racing driver and high-performance vehicle pioneer Steve Saleen.

“From day one, the Saleen Cup has served as a development series for both our new Saleen 1 model and our team drivers – and Watkins Glen was a proving ground for both,” said Steve Saleen, CEO and founder of Saleen Automotive. “Our drivers and crew worked very hard to make the races here a success, and we’re already looking forward to the next round at Road America later this month.”

The Saleen Cup delivers a professional-quality racing experience, with a grid of fully prepared Saleen 1 Cup Cars featuring Iconic, Contemporary and Saleen racing liveries in bold, designer colorways. Full trackside support and hospitality amenities add to the professional-level racing experience. The Saleen Cup is presented via a partnership with SRO Motorsports Group, and runs concurrently with the Blancpain GT World Challenge America. Trackside tire support for the entire Saleen Cup is provided by series sponsor Continental Tires.

In addition to offering prospective drivers and enthusiasts a turnkey, once-in-a-lifetime racing opportunity, the category champions in the Saleen Cup will each secure a factory seat driving in Saleen’s GT4 entry for the entire 2020 season. The Saleen Cup schedule includes four events in total, including upcoming rounds at Road America (Wis.) Sept. 20-22, and a grand finale event in Las Vegas, Oct. 18-20.

For more information on the Saleen Cup, visit www.SaleenCup.com. For more information on the Saleen 1 model, visit www.Saleen.com, or follow Saleen on social by using on Facebook at Facebook.com/Saleen, or by using @Saleen on Twitter and @Saleen on Instagram.

About Saleen Automotive, Inc.

Saleen is dedicated to transforming the transportation experience. For over 35 years, the California-based automotive manufacturer has redefined driving through high-performing vehicles that combine championship-winning racing pedigree with innovative technology and distinctive styling.

From the first Saleen Mustang in 1984 to the legendary S7 in 2000 and the groundbreaking new Saleen 1, founder Steve Saleen has continually set the bar for vehicle design and performance engineering on streets and racetracks worldwide. In addition to its distinctive Saleen Signature and Saleen Original vehicle lines, Saleen offers a wide variety of technical parts, lifestyle accessories and apparel for those with a passion for performance. Learn more at www.saleen.com.

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cwhitley@Saleen.com

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