Saleen S302 Extreme


Published Friday, November 6th 2009
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Saleen Automotive, North America's premiere specialty vehicle manufacturer announces it's very aggressive MY product line up. The "Extreme", along with 6 other models in Saleen's model line up, made its world debut on the runways of the retired El Toro Airport in Southern California. The S302E raises the bar for American performance cars while never sacrificing style and control. The car affectionately known as the "Extreme" boasts a "Saleen built" 302 cubic inch engine augmented by a patented Saleen twin-screw, intercooled supercharger. The combination delivers an unprecedented 620 Hp and 600 lb-ft of neck snapping, tire incinerating torque. "We believe that we are in the process of creating a legendary new car. It's thrilling" says Saleen President and CEO, Paul Wilbur. "It seemed to make sense that as we go into our 25th Anniversary as a manufacturer in North America that we make our best and most powerful car yet."

The unique motor in the "Extreme" equipped with a forged crank, forged connecting rods, individually blueprinted pistons, a 5 axis CNC aluminum cylinder head, high flow fuel injectors and high performance forged camshafts. All of these components have been orchestrated to mesh masterfully together, coupled to our best-in-class patented Saleen twin screw supercharger. When combined with a short throw 6 speed manual transmission and a Max-grip rear differential, the "Extreme" reaches 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and flies through the quarter mile in just under 12 seconds. "This place represents a kind of automotive "mecca" for me. We are making limited volume performance vehicles for people who really love cars, by people who really love cars. I cannot think of a better place to put my 35 years of OEM engineering history to work," says Vice Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Chris Theodore. Theodore is best known as being the father of the Ford GT while Vice President of Advance Product Development at Ford Motor Company. "Now I am helping build great Saleen cars in the same factory that I architected for the legendary Ford GT.'

"This is the best motor that we have ever done', says Powertrain Engineering Lead Rob Simons. "We have really benefited from having Chris (Theodore) around. He brings perspective and experience to the company unlike anything that we have known prior." To get that kind of performance, the team had to get S302E's power to the ground. This is accomplished with standard 20 inch, 5 spoke forged aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero ‘Russo' tires. Since power is nothing without control, the "Extreme" also features a Saleen Racecraft suspension and an all new, second generation Watts Link system that is sure to help the driver maintain control through the corners. The chassis system is rounded out by upgraded 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS and traction control. This performance brake system features 15" vented, slotted rotors with 6 piston calipers in the front and 11.8" rear vented discs with single piston calipers in the rear.

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