Saleen Automotive, Inc. headed by CEO Steve Saleen, has been producing vehicles more than 34 years with six generations of Saleen Mustangs, trucks, and America’s supercar—the Saleen S7. Steve announced today the upcoming launch of the Saleen 1, which has been affectionately referred to as the S1. This newest Saleen vehicle debuted at the 2017 LA Auto Show, and has been 100-percent designed and engineered by Steve Saleen and his team at their base of operations in California. Saleen Automotive will commence manufacturing of the Saleen 1 immediately.
The press conference took place at the LA Auto Show at the Saleen Display in the West Hall Atrium today. Saleen Automotive Inc. is a US-based corporation headed by CEO Steve Saleen and located in Corona, CA. Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technologies Group (JSAT) is a new, separately owned automotive company based in China. JSAT is building a billion dollar, modern manufacturing facility to produce Saleen vehicles in China for worldwide distribution.
The genesis of the Saleen 1 began with JSAT purchasing the tooling and remnants of the Artega GT. JSAT asked Steve Saleen to assist in modernizing the Artega GT for today’s sophisticated consumer. In reality, such an “update” was not feasible, which resulted in a new vehicle being designed and built from scratch.
Initially, all Saleen 1 vehicles will be built in North America. Eventually, at an appropriate time in the future, the JSAT factory will assume responsibility for an entirely new line of Saleen vehicles, including the Saleen 1. Additionally sales, marketing, distribution, service, and warranty-related activities relating to the Saleen 1 in the United States will be handled domestically.
The Saleen 1 features a turbocharged engine capable of 450 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. The S1 will do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, a quarter mile in 11 seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 180 mph. According to Saleen, the S1 will be available in late-summer 2018 for an estimated retail price of $100,000.
For more information: www.saleen.com.