Saleen's New Car Might Be Based On Something That's Over 10 Years Old
The LA Auto Show/"Automobility LA" is upon us, so get your news feed ready with a bombardment of new releases, bombastic claims of electric and fully autonomous cars performance, and maybe some new information about cars we actually care about driving. Come Thursday, November 30th at 10:35 AM PST, we will be getting an announcement of something that might completely melt our minds, or just cause us to release a bit more air out of our nostrils in slight amusement.
Saleen Automotive will be announcing their new car the Saleen 1, and it will be an all new four cylinder mid engined car that uses the 2.3 liter ecoBoost unit found in the Ford Focus RS. The company that's headed by Steve Saleen, the man behind the Saleen S7 supercar and other customized takes on popular cars such as the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and Tesla Model S, has taken a slightly different approach for their new Saleen 1 mid engined car. They're reviving an old Artega GT from 2007.
According to Autoblog: "In 2007, Henrik Fisker designed coupe bodywork for German firm Artega that would sit on a Lotus Evora chassis. Artega planned to produce 500 units for Europe, powered by a 3.6-liter Volkswagen V6, priced at about $100,000. A few cars reached private owners, but the plan faltered when Artega went bankrupt in 2012 and ceased production."
Now Saleen Automotive has grabbed all the plans and bought the rights to the Artega GT. They plan on producing the New Saleen 1 in China by the Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technologies Group (JSAT). While the Saleen 1 will initially be built in North America, JSAT will be building a $1 billion facility that will eventually build and distribute Saleen cars worldwide.
Saleen mentions the new car will be built from scratch, because an "update" to the Artega GT for modern consumers was not really feasible. Whatever it will become, the Saleen 1 will certainly shake the mid-engined sports car market with its rumored 450 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque. We'll all find out come November 30th.