Saleen to develop new supercar
American tuner Steve Saleen, who has recently regained control of the Saleen brand name, is planning to develop a new supercar evolving the concepts introduced with the S7 and S5S Raptor.
After several years of litigation, Steve Saleen has recently regained control of the Saleen brand name and products that he created and built since 1984.
Saleen first entered the supercars world with the famed S7 designed by Phil Frank, presented in 2000.
Now Autoweek has reported that the company – specialized in tuning for Mustang and other muscle cars – has plans to build a brand new supercar, that could be based on the S5S Raptor Concept, a one-off unveiled at the New York Auto Show in 2008.
The S5S Raptor was designed by a team led by David Byron, was powered by a 650 hp 5 liter supercharged engine and was initially expected to sell for about $185,000. The development process stopped as a result of the 2008 economic crisis.
Below we report a video interview with David Byron, who talks about the development and the design of the car.