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July 16, 2007

Dear Saleen Enthusiast,

As most of you are aware, I recently resigned from Saleen, Inc.  It was with a heavy heart that I did so as this company has been my life’s work and the realization of so many of my aspirations.  My staff and your support over the years have pioneered an industry and proved that anything is possible. I believe in what we have built together and will never waiver in my loyalty to you.

It is important to me that you know that I have tremendously enjoyed having the opportunity to meet so many of you and in many cases made life long friends all over the country.  You have helped me build my dream, and, along with my staff, I consider all of you to be the spirit of Saleen.

My new position as CEO of ZXNA will be a monumental and challenging endeavor.  I am honored that I was asked to be a part of this historical achievement in bringing the first vehicles from China into North America.  Although, it appears to be a completely different role for me, the same principals apply when your goal is engineering for U.S. certification and dealer development.  Of course I will miss all that horsepower, at least for now, but my future does include more Steve Saleen vehicles and I will also be attending as many of my usual Mustang car show events as possible.  So please continue to bring those Saleens out so that I get an opportunity to meet even more of you!

If you have any questions for me, please feel free to post them on the SOEC website’s forums at soec.org and I will attempt to answer as many as possible.


Steve Saleen


Racer and Car Builder Steve Saleen Resigns from the Company that Bears His Name

May 15, 2007

More than 23 years ago, Steve Saleen founded a modest company that would produce specialty Mustangs much like those of Carroll Shelby before him — improving on the popular platform that Ford provided and creating a unique brand based on racing heritage and an exclusive image offering handling and performance and style. The slogan would be appropo — Power in the Hands of a Few.

Cheers to you, Steve — and to the vision you’ve had for the Pony Cars and Super Cars that you’ve brought to us over the years — and for those rolling works of art that hopefully you will continue to inspire in the future!

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~Saleen Continues Legacy as the “Go-To” Brand for OEM Performance Projects~

IRVINE, CALIF., MAY 14, 2007 – Steve Saleen, founder and vice chairman of the board at Saleen Inc., today announced his official retirement from the company’s executive team. After years of planning, Mr. Saleen will take a greater step back from the company’s day-to-day operations to act as corporate spokesperson and ambassador for the brand.

“I have a vested interest in the company’s future and intend to remain involved,” said Steve Saleen. “I take great pride in knowing I have assembled a team of the most talented and innovative professionals in the industry. Each person at Saleen has helped me achieve my dream and will help to continue my legacy into the next generation of Saleen products and

As founder and a major shareholder in the company, Mr. Saleen will continue to influence product design and development activities, as well as its branding strategies and promotional efforts.

Saleen Inc. has experienced tremendous growth in the past few years, producing nearly 5,000 vehicles in 2006 alone. Future manufacturing plans include multiple vehicle lines of Ford-derived vehicles (Saleen S281, Heritage and S331 Sport Trucks), as well as the S7 Twin Turbo, the world’s fastest production car. After tremendous successes in the design and production of the Ford GT for Ford Motor Company, Saleen Inc. will soon announce new original equipment manufacturer (OEM) programs with both Ford Motor Company and DaimlerChrysler to begin in spring 2007.

“Saleen has become a name synonymous with performance,” said Dan Reiner, chairman of Saleen Inc. “It makes a lot of sense to let Steve take on an auxiliary role to maintain his vision and continue building the world’s greatest performance products. Steve’s many years of hard work have provided a great foundation for the company in the automotive industry, propelling the company beyond Saleen-branded products to become an industry leader in the performance category.”

Since the company’s inception in 1984, Saleen has produced over 12,000 complete and EPA-certified vehicles, more than any other specialty automobile manufacturer. In addition, Saleen has equipped more than 600,000 vehicles worldwide, further emphasizing their capabilities and commitment to excellence.

A nine-time Manufacturers’ Champion in GT sports car racing, Saleen manufactures the American super car — the Saleen S7, as well as the S281 Mustang, S331 Sport Truck and the Saleen/Parnelli Jones Limited Edition Mustang. Saleen’s manufacturing facilities are located in Irvine, California and Troy, Michigan. The Michigan facility has just completed all paint and assembly of the Ford GT as a special project for Ford Motor Company.

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(949) 597-4900

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Who: Steve Saleen, racing hero and founder of Saleen, Inc., the specialty vehicle manufacturer of the Saleen S281 Mustang, the N2O Focus, and the S7 supercar.

What: Steve Saleen has lived the dream of auto enthusiasts. He has modified, raced, and won with vehicles at various levels of auto racing. Now, Saleen manufactures the world’s fastest production vehicle — the 750 hp S7, a vehicle featured in the movie “Bruce Almighty,” starring Jim Carrey. Saleen, who knows how to design and create the demand for more horsepower with clean, aggressive styling, will be at the Woodward Dream Cruise. He will have a number of his world-famous cars on display in Birmingham, such as the powerful Saleen S281 Supercharged Mustang.

When: Saturday, August 20, 2005

Where: Steve Saleen will be appearing at Shain Park in downtown Birmingham signing autographs from 11am-1pm; and later at Papa Joe’s from 3pm-5pm.

Background on Steve Saleen:
Steve Saleen holds 13 SCCA Formula Atlantic Championship records and won the 1991 SCCA Race Truck Championship in a Ford Ranger. Saleen has also tested his racing skills in the SCCA Trans-Am Championship and the CART/PPG Indy Car series.

In 1984, Steve Saleen formed Saleen Autosport and improved the performance and look of the Mustang. Shortly after Saleen Autosport was formed, he completed his first Saleen. Proving that his design and performance could hold its own with the world’s best sports cars, Saleen brought home a win at the grueling 24-hour race in Mosport, Canada.

Saleen has also introduced designs of the Explorer and Focus. Saleen unveiled the Saleen S7 supercar — the world’s fastest production car.


Just wanted to let everyone know that Steve Saleen will be signing at the following locations in North Carolina this weekend.

Friday 16th, 5-9:30
Capital Ford, Raleigh 919-790-4600

Saturday 17th, 10-11:15
Ciener-Woods Ford, Kernersville, 336-996-3700

Please contact the dealers directly for any additional info.

Steve will also be at the Bellevue show either Saturday night or on Sunday.

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June 27, 2001 — With a record sales year now in progress and the recent growth of it’s high-performance parts division, Saleen Inc. is enjoying some of the greatest success in its 18-year history.  Fittingly, the Speedvision network and its highly popular “American Muscle Car” television show have assembled a 30-minute history of the company entitled: “Race Bred, The Saleen Mustang Story,” which traces the development of these special cars and their enthusiastic owners.

The show, which airs tonight (Wednesday) at 8:00 p.m. and again tomorrow afternoon (Thursday) at 3:30 p.m., was produced by Toby Murphy and Stan Rarden. Comprised of a narrative history of the Mustang-based Saleen sports cars, including interview with Steve Saleen, Saleen engineering Vice President Neil Hannemann and Saleen club president Debbie Blalock, “Race Bred” traces the high-performance car’s development from earliest versions all the way up to the latest S281 supercharged coupes and convertibles. The SpeedVision feature show also includes a comprhensive look at Saleen’s American supercar, the powerful Saleen S7.

In keeping with the show’s title and Saleen’s distinguished motorsports heritage, the program also includes select racing footage, including coverage of the Konrad/Team Saleen’s stunning GTS-class victory at the 2001 12 Hours of Sebring.

For more information on Saleen — its people and its products — visit the web site at www.saleen.com.

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