Saleen Ford Mustang S302 Extreme

Saleen put the E in Extreme with the 2008 S302E. 620Hp factory-backed sports car rewrites the performance landscape. The new Extreme unveiled today, technically known as the Saleen S302E, now represents the most powerful Ford derived vehicle that Saleen has ever manufactured and a critical step in earning Saleens new respect for its products and its brand. The Extreme, along with 6 other models in Saleens 2008 model line up, made their world debut today on the runways of the retired El Toro airport runway in Southern California.

The new S302E raises the bar for American performance cars while never sacrificing on style and control. New for 2008, 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. Its 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.

In the automotive history books, all great cars incorporate great hardware and the S302E is no different. The new Extreme features a litany of high quality performance parts that are a direct reflection of the companies race engineering heritage, combined with the best thinking in automotive OEM performance engineering. For starts, the unique motor in the Extreme features 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 married to a short throw, 6 speed manual transmission and a Max-grip rear differential, the Extreme screams to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and clicks 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 S302Es power to the ground. This is accomplished with standard 20 inch, 5 spoke forged aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Rosso 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.

This was an interesting challenge for me. Everything I learned from the past on the S7 race team was put into play for this years production models. The result is one that I am sure that the market is going to love, says Chassis and Dynamics Team Lead, Derk Hartland.

Source: Saleen press

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