Saleen History

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Timeline

2014
December 1

2014: Saleen FOURSIXTEEN Tesla

2014: Saleen FOURSIXTEEN Tesla
For the first time ever, Saleen debuted an all-electric automobile. Based on the Tesla Model S, the FOURSIXTEEN sedan featured advanced aerodynamic design and functionality, Saleen specific suspension and brakes, and a unique driveline gearing providing a special electric supercar sound.
2013
December 1

2013: Saleen SA-30

2013: Saleen SA-30
Saleen celebrates 30 Years as an automotive brand with the SA-30 vehicles. Ten models of each SA-30 302 Mustang, 570 Challenger & 620 Camaro were offered (thirty vehicles total). Each vehicle was produced in a special Saleen ‘Pearl White’ paint with color matched wheels and a SA-30 specific interior design. All 3 models were supercharged ‘Black Label’ versions.
December 1

2013: Saleen/George Follmer Edition

2013: Saleen/George Follmer Edition
Making its’ debut at the Laguna Seca Raceway, the 2014 Saleen GF is added to the Saleen vehicle lineup. As a limited edition Saleen vehicle, the Saleen GF Mustang used design cues from the actual 1969 George Follmer Boss 302 Mustang. Also, the Saleen GF was produced with a high revving Saleen 302 Naturally-Aspirated engine, which produces “instant” acceleration and torque on cue.
2012
December 1

2012: Release of the 2013 Saleen 351 Mustang

2012: Release of the 2013 Saleen 351 Mustang
Moving the bar in the modern muscle car arena, Saleen introduces the Saleen 351 Mustang. Based on the current Saleen 302 model, the 351 offers an astounding 700HP to compliment the full suite of Saleen specific styling and components.
December 1

2012: Saleen 620 Camaro

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Saleen completes the modern pony-car ‘trifecta’ with the Saleen 620 Camaro. With production number 001 being auctioned off for charity at Barrett-Jackson for 6-figures, the 620 Camaro maintains the styling cues featured on the current Saleen offerings including: an aggressive front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, butterfly hood and chrome 20-inch wheels. Performance is offered in 3 variations with the ‘Black’ label cranking out a supercharged 650HP.
2010
December 1

2010: Release of the 2011 Saleen 302 Mustang

2010: Release of the 2011 Saleen 302 Mustang
With a complete body style re-design, Saleen unveils the 302 Mustang under the signature series line (‘SMS’). Available as a supercharged or 4-valve version the 302 Mustang shows off the Saleen fender chevrons as well as the trademark Saleen design, power, and performance. New for this model is the F1 style tail light in the rear and the Chevron design seating in the interior.
2009
December 1

2009: 570 Challenger

2009: 570 Challenger
With the modern American Muscle Car market heating up, Saleen introduces the 570 Challenger lineup. Debuting under the Saleen Signature lineup (SMS), the 570 Challenger is offered in two models: 570 & 570X [X = Extreme]. Utilizing the Red Butterfly Induction System that debuted on the 25A, this model showcased new Saleen innovations such as the all-new 296 Supercharger, Rear Lightblade Illumination, and Chevron style seating.
2008
December 1

2008: 25th Anniversary Vehicle

2008: 25th Anniversary Vehicle
The 25A commemorates 25 years of Saleen Vehicles. Built on the Saleen signature line (SMS), the 25A kept with the tradition of offering a peek into what was to come for future models. New features and options this year include: Full Leather Dash, Carbon fiber side splitters, Cross Drilled Rotors, Lightblade LED tail lights, and the fully-functional Red Butterfly Induction system.
2007
December 1

2007: S281 Mustang as Barricade

2007: S281 Mustang as Barricade
The Saleen S281 Mustang is featured as “Barricade” in the blockbuster movie Transformers. Saleen specially built and ‘transformed’ its Saleen S281 to support the production and filming of the then-new Transformers media franchise. In addition, Saleen was commisioned to produce and build the Camaro that was to play the starring role of ‘Bumblebee.’
December 1

2007: Molly Pop Saleen

2007: Molly Pop Saleen
Adding to the Saleen custom paint lineup, Saleen introduces the ‘Molly Pop’ pink paint scheme in May. Developed and inspired by Molly Saleen, the custom paint is a multi-stage process to achieve the depth and ‘Molly Pop’ color.
December 1

2007: Strategic OEM Supplier

2007: Strategic OEM Supplier
As a Tier 1 OE supplier, Ford Motor Company commissions Saleen to power all the supercharged Harley-Davidson Edition F-150 trucks. The same year, Saleen also began paint production of the new Dodge Viper under contract from Chrysler, LLC.
2006
December 1

2006: Saleen S7TT Competition

2006: Saleen S7TT Competition
Available as an option or current vehicle upgrade, the Saleen Competition Package added increased aerodynamics, suspension performance, and a 33% horsepower increase. Aerodynamics were increased using a carbon fiber FIA-spec wing, air dam splitter, and difuser upgrades. Suspension included revised shock valve dampening as well as the introduction of a dual-stage spring design which adapts to speeds >100MPH. The 33% HP gains combined with the 2950lb curb weight increased top speed estimations to 258MPH.
December 1

2006: The Saleen Store

2006: The Saleen Store
Unveiled as ‘A New Era of Automotive Retailing,’ The Saleen Store set a new standard in the automotive retail marketplace with its’ complete Saleen branded experience in a boutique form. Located in Southern California, it was hailed as the pinnacle of the high performance lifestyle. Offering everything from Saleen branded merchandise, Saleen aftermarket performance parts, as well as Saleen vehicles; The Saleen Store set the bar for an inviting vehicle brand experience.
December 1

2006: Saleen/Parnelli Jones Edition

2006: Saleen/Parnelli Jones Edition
Making its’ debut at the NY Autoshow, the 2007 Saleen PJ is added to the Saleen vehicle lineup. As a limited edition Saleen vehicle, the Saleen PJ Mustang used design cues from the actual 1970 Parnelli Jones Boss 302 Mustang. Also, the Saleen PJ was produced with the 3-Valve Saleen 302 Naturally-Aspirated engine, which produces “instant” acceleration and torque on cue. New Saleen options were also introduced with this vehicle including the “Shaker” hood and intake as well as the Watts-Link style suspension.
December 1

2006: Saleen S331 Sport Truck

2006: Saleen S331 Sport Truck
Making its debut at the LA Autoshow, the 2007 Saleen S331 Sport Truck is added to the Saleen vehicle lineup. Nicknamed “Thunder” it was available as both a Supercharged and Naturally Aspirated version, the S331 underwent the complete Saleen manufacturing process.
2005
July 13

2005: Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

Saleen introduces the S7 Twin Turbo with 750HP. Saleen offers 15” brake system for the Mustang. Saleen debuts an all-new 2005 Saleen Mustang line-up. The S281 3-V obtains 330hp, the Supercharged reaches 435 hp Saleen debuts a new line featuring the Saleen Scenic Roof and Speedster Package. HID headlights are introduced by Saleen.
2004
December 1

2004: Saleen N20 Focus

2004: Saleen N20 Focus
Saleen introduces the first “nitrous-ready” OEM vehicle to the marketplace, the Saleen N2O Focus. Running a 14sec, 1/4 miles, it is based on the Focus platform that N20 model is complete with styling, performance, and comes factory ready with a 75-shot (10-lb) Nitrous Oxide bottle mounted in the rear.
December 1

2004: Release of the 2005 Saleen Mustang

2004: Release of the 2005 Saleen Mustang
With a dramatic redesign in 2005, Saleen debuts their new lineup at the OC Autoshow. All coupe models allow for the Saleen Scenic Glass Roof option, which is a Saleen innovative design. This year Saleen also develops and introduces an all new H.I.D. headlight system for the mustang.
December 1

2004: Ford Mustang GT-R Concept

2004: Ford Mustang GT-R Concept
Under the direction and design from the Ford Performance Group, Saleen assists in the custom build for the Mustang GT-R concept vehicle. Using Ford 5.0L “Cammer Engine” and Doug Gaffka’s design, the Saleen Special Vehicles team successfully performed the build of the Mustang GT-R.
December 1

2004: Saleen S7TT

2004: Saleen S7TT
Touting an all new fender design and a spoiler/diffuser aerodynamic package; Saleen debuts the S7 Twin Turbo. Utilizing the space age chassis design, the S7TT offers increased HP and Torque to compliment the multitude of geometry updates for the suspension and braking. With the 40 percent reduction in aero drag and a 60% increase in down force, coupled with the increased HP, the S7TT was the original “Worlds Fastest Production Car.”
July 13

2004: N20 Focus

2004: N20 Focus
Saleen introduces the N20 Focus.
July 13

2004: Imola, Italy

2004: Imola, Italy
September 8, 2004: Imola, Italy. With Steve Saleen in attendance privateer team Vitaphone Racing Team scores what could be the most dramatic home track upset victory in motorsports history with their S7R in the FIA GT Series. Drivers Michael Bartels and Uwe Alzen took the all American S7R Supercar to an overall victory at Ferrari’s home track Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in front of the Fiat Chairman, Luca di Montemzemolo and the Italian Press against two Maserati MC12’s (thinly guised Ferrari Enzos), three Ferrari 550’s, three Ferrari 575’s and two Lamborghini Murciélago in the GT Class.
2003
December 1

2003: Saleen SA-20

2003: Saleen SA-20
Saleen celebrates its’ 20 year anniversary with the Saleen SA-20 Mustang. The SA-20 is a special edition that was offered to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Saleen Automobiles. Offered only in a convertible model, the SA20 was the first model to use the new Saleen Tonneau cover and lightbar.
December 1

2003: Hollywood Horsepower

2003: Hollywood Horsepower
Saleen debuts the summer of ‘Hollywood Horsepower’. Three movies premiered this summer featuring Saleen vehicles on the silver screen. With the most screentime, the Saleen S7 is what Jim Carrey drove in the ‘Bruce Almighty’ movie when he had his ‘God-Like’ powers; therefore inspiring the quote “The Pope may occasionally be driven in a Ferrari, but Bruce Almighty confirms that God drives a Saleen S7!” Harrison Ford drives a S281 in “Hollywood Homicide.” Saleen S281 races in the movie, “2 Fast 2 Furious.”
July 13

2003: Saleen celebrates 20 years in business

2003: Saleen celebrates 20 years in business
Saleen celebrates 20 years in business. Saleen begins assembly of Ford GT and other specialty vehicles in a New Troy, Michigan manufacturing facility
2002
December 1

2002: Ford GT40

2002: Ford GT40
Saleen is awarded the assembly and paint contract for the Ford GT40 and chosen as one of the key suppliers to to bring the Ford GT40 prototype into production. Using their niche manufacturing techniques, Saleen performs the assembly and paint production for the 2004-2006 Ford GT.
December 1

2002: Saleen Mustang

2002: Saleen Mustang
With the discontinuation of the S351 lineup, Saleen debuts the S281 Extreme model. Available in both a speedster (convertible), or coupe option; the Saleen Extreme also uses the all new Saleen Twin Screw Supercharger which debuted the same year.
July 13

2002: The Championships Continue

2002: The Championships Continue
Saleen S7R customer teams continue to operate in four series (American LeMans, Grand Am, British GT and Spanish GT) winning 18 out of 40 races and three Drivers’ Championships and several more Team and Manufacturers Championships.  Also wins 21 poles and sets 23 fastest laps.
2001
December 1

2001: Inaugural Saleen S7R Season

2001: Inaugural Saleen S7R Season
2001 marked the inaugural race season for the newly debut Saleen S7. Saleen S7’s campaigned in FIA GT, ALMS, Grand-Am, European Le Mans, and 24 hours of Le Mans series. Among setting 27 fastest laps, 29 pole positions, and a pocketful of podium finishes [including 19 1st place wins], the S7R takes victories in its’ class across multiple series.
December 1

2001: Saleen S7

2001: Saleen S7
Making its debut at the Monterey Historic Races in October, the 2001 Saleen S7 is built from the ‘ground-up’. Taking its’ model designation from the 7-liter mid-engine design, the Saleen S7 utilizes a spaceframe chassis design. Capable of reaching speeds over 200MPH, the 2001 Saleen S7 is a naturally aspirated precursor to the Saleen S7TT.
July 13

2001: 4 Championships for the S7R

2001: 4 Championships for the S7R
Steve acting as a team manager oversaw and led the Saleen S7Rs to win 4 different championships (ALMS, Grand Am, ELMS, Spanish GT) Also Qualified on the pole position and setting the track record for the 24 hours of Le Mans. Saleen finished 3rd at Le Mans.
2000
December 1

2000: Grand-Am Road Racing

2000: Grand-Am Road Racing
Saleen mustangs dominate the 2000 season and capture the GTO Grand American Road Racing Championship. Saleen drivers also achieve multiple first place wins, fastest laps, pole positions, and lap leaders in the SCCA World Challenge Series the same year.
July 13

2000: GTO Championship

2000: GTO Championship
Competing in the inaugural Grand American Road Racing season, Saleen captured the GTO Driver’s Championship in July and clinched the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the season finale at Watkins Glen.
July 13

2000: The S7 is Unveiled

2000: The S7 is Unveiled
Saleen unveils the S7 at Laguna Seca Raceway, CA, August 19th.
July 13

2000: A Supercar Dream Achieved

2000: A Supercar Dream Achieved
Steve Saleen’s lifelong goal of creating his own supercar is achieved 27 years to the day of his first race win!
1999
December 1

1999: Spanish GT Championship

Continuing their campaign through Europe, Saleen mustangs take the win in the GT2 Spanish GT Championship in October 1999.
December 1

1999: Saleen Mustang

1999: Saleen Mustang
Saleen unveils the 1999 Saleen Mustang S281 and S351 at Planet Hollywood, featuring dynamic new design, lower cost and higher level of performance. This year the S281 SC model is born.
July 13

1999: Saleen Mustang S281

1999: Saleen Mustang S281
Saleen unveils the 1999 Saleen Mustang S281 and S351 at Planet Hollywood, featuring dynamic new design, lower cost and higher level of performance
July 13

1999: “Project Molly”

1999: “Project Molly”
Steve begins work on “Project Molly” the code name for the S7.
1998
December 1

1998: Saleen Explorer XP8

1998: Saleen Explorer XP8
Saleen debuts the Saleen Explorer XP and XP8 models. Offered with an optional Supercharger, the Saleen XP8 had unmatched styling, horsepower, and handling in the SUV market.
December 1

1998: Saleen Mustang

1998: Saleen Mustang
Saleen celebrates its 15 year anniversary with the Saleen SA15 Mustang. This was a special edition model that was offered in addition to the standard Saleen Mustang lineup.
December 1

1998: SCCA World Challenge

Saleen Mustangs dominate the season and capture the 1998 T1 SCCA Manufacturers Championship. Saleen drivers also achieve multiple first place wins, fastest laps, pole positions, and lap leaders.
July 13

1998: Saleen celebrates 15 Years

1998: Saleen celebrates 15 Years
1997
December 1

1997: 24 Hours of Le Mans

1997: 24 Hours of Le Mans
Steve Saleen and the Saleen/Allen “RRR” Speedlab compete at the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans, marking the Mustang’s first return in over 30 years. This year Saleen also clinches the SCCA Manufacturers Championship title for the third time.
July 13

1997: Saleen Contour Concept

1997: Saleen Contour Concept
Saleen creates the Saleen Contour concept.
July 13

1997: Partnership with McDonald’s

1997: Partnership with McDonald’s
Steve becomes a household name when fast food franchise McDonald’s selects the Saleen Mustang as the one of the premier prizes for their popular Big Win Monopoly Promotion.
1996
December 1

1996: SCCA World Challenge

In addition to multiple first place wins, fastest laps, pole positions, and lap leaders, Saleen mustangs capture the 1996 S2 SCCA Manufacturers Championship.
December 1

1996: Mustang Hall of Fame

1996: Mustang Hall of Fame
At the 1996 Annual Board of Directors induction dinner, Steve Saleen is inducted into the Mustang Hall of Fame along with Carroll Shelby.
December 1

1996: Saleen Mustang

1996: Saleen Mustang
The Saleen S281 model is introduced. Offered along side the existing Saleen model lineup, the S281 is available in both a convertible (speedster) and coupe option. Steve partners with Budget Rent-a-Car to build special Saleen Mustangs for their fleet.
1995
December 1

1995: Saleen/Allen “RRR” Speedlab

1995: Saleen/Allen “RRR” Speedlab
Steve Saleen and actor Tim Allen form the Saleen/Allen “RRR” Speedlab. Taking the 1995 win at Sears Point in the SCCA World Challenge series sets the team up for for a manufacturers championship the following year. This is also the year the Saleen/Allen Speedlab began campaigning the famous “Blazing Horse” insignia.

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