After several tumultuous financial years plagued with numerous lawsuits, Saleen Automotive aims to get back on track with the S7 LM following the purchase of the S7 properties. The name of the special edition is a nod to Saleen’s last triumph at Le Mans back in 2010 and the company has plans to hand build only seven cars at its headquarters in Corona, California.
The original, naturally-aspirated S7 was introduced in 2000 and remained in production until 2006 when it was replaced by the beefier S7 Twin Turbo model. Fast forward to present day, Saleen is now planning a continuation series with each unit planned for production estimated to cost a cool one million dollars. Saleen Automotive President and CEO, Steve Saleen, says the company is “bringing back America’s only true supercar” featuring a mighty biturbo 7.0-liter engine delivering a magical 1,000 horsepower (746 kilowatts).
Previewed last weekend at the 20th Annual Saleen Show and Open House, the S7 LM is going to boast exposed carbon fiber bodywork and will host Saleen’s latest developments in suspension and electronics. The niche marque has also promised to provide “functional performance enhancements” along with bespoke wheels, a unique livery, and a customized interior cabin to make the supercar worthy of its seven-figure price tag.
Performance details are not out yet, but the old S7 Twin Turbo with “only” 750 hp (559 kW) was able to reach 60 mph (96 kph) from a standstill in a mere 2.8 seconds. Back then, Saleen claimed that the car could reach a jaw-dropping top speed of 248 mph (400 kph), but to this day there’s no proof of that. The successor will have substantially more power and a series of other hardware tweaks that should further improve performance and position the S7 LM as one of the quickest road-legal cars ever.
Saleen isn’t saying at the moment when it plans to fully reveal the S7 LM, but hopefully it won’t keep us waiting too long.
Source: Saleen via soec.org
Photos: Jim Dvorak
Gallery: Saleen S7 LM
SALEEN ANNOUNCES 7 NEW LIMITED EDITION S7’S
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the beginning of a 7-year consecutive run of racing championships for Saleen. Sequentially from 1996 through 2002 Saleen clinched more than a dozen racing championships across the globe, with every test, race, and win contributing to the DNA makeup of the Saleen S7.
To commemorate these historic motorsport victories, Saleen has announced a new limited edition model, the Saleen S7 LM. Only 7 examples of this limited edition S7 will be produced and all will incorporate a unique livery, wheel, interior, and functional performance enhancements.
“True to our form, we are bringing back America’s only true supercar,” said Steve Saleen, President and CEO of Saleen Automotive, “We are celebrating our winning heritage and advancing the performance DNA that Saleen was built around.”
The Saleen S7 was initially unveiled in Monterey, Ca. Labeled as America’s Supercar, it is the most successful supercar model ever. The S7R race version has won at every major racetrack in the world, including Daytona, Sebring, Nurburgring, and the prestigious 24 Hours of LeMans. The street version has starred in several Hollywood blockbusters, including being driven by “God” in Bruce Almighty.
The new S7 LM supercar will be powered by a 7.0L twin-turbo engine rated at 1,000 horsepower and each one will be hand built at Saleen’s Corona, CA headquarters.