supercharger & intercooler
118.4 hp per liter
(from Saleen Press
Release) Saleen pays homage to legendary mustangs with
Heritage product line
models boasting Saleen built engines honor Mustang heritage
H302 produces 390HP and is currently in production H302SC
produces 580HP with production starting mid-December
Heritage line vehicles represent a new interpretation of the
Irvine, CA (November 13,
2007) Today at the retired El Toro Marine base Saleen Automotive
took the wraps off of its 2008 MY product to show the world why
Saleen is and will continue to be Americas premiere niche vehicle
manufacturer. Among the new 08 MY products is a model line that has
been coded H and features two new vehicles, the H302 and the H302SC.
The H designator signifies Heritage says Marques McCammon,
General Manager of Saleen Automotive. These models honor some of
the great heritage of the Mustang in a way that is uniquely Saleen.
The H line draws its inspiration from the late sixties Boss 302
Mustang and is a real compliment to the Ford family Heritage, says
Saleen Vice Chairman and Chief Technical Officer, Chris Theodore.
Both vehicles feature an
all new, Saleen built, 302 cubic inch engine that represents a
marriage of race technology and production performance engineering.
The evidence of this fact can be found in the hardware comprising
the engine. Saleen started with 5 axis CNC ported cylinder heads,
and then added a new forged crankshaft, forged connecting rods,
forged aluminum pistons, performance crankshafts, and high flow fuel
injectors. The result is a 390 hp engine that provides the heart of
the new H302. The 302 engine is the best engine that we have ever
done, states Rob Simons, Saleen Powertrain Lead.
If the H302 has not
harnessed enough horses for your taste, the engineering team at
Saleen has added their patented twin-screw intercooled supercharger
to serve as the core for the H302SC giving it a pavement pounding
580Hp and 525 lb-ft of torque. This engine when married to a smooth
shifting, short throw, six speed manual transmission, gives the
H302SC a performance profile comparable to any contemporary exotic
but in a way that is truly American.
As with every Saleen,
the new H line vehicles are more than just powertrains. Both
vehicles feature custom Saleen Racecraft suspensions tuned
specifically to the vehicles weight and horsepower profiles. The
result is responsiveness and stability. Many companies simply throw
horsepower at a vehicle without adequate consideration to making the
power usable. We look to find balance. That is the difference
between Saleen as a manufacturer and the typical aftermarket tuner,
Stopping power for the H302SC is delivered by standard 14 front
vented slotted, rotors grabbed by 6 piston calipers. Control is
augmented by the 4 wheel ABS and brake assisted traction control.
Lateral stability is enhanced by a Generation 2 Watts Link system
that is an option on the H302, and standard on the H302SC. Grip is
provided by Pirelli wrapped 19 Forged aluminum Alloy wheels that
are available in painted silver or chrome. On the H302SC customers
can opt up for a 19 7 spoke painted forged wheel. The market has
not driven a Saleen like our new Heritage line. They have great
throttle response, they shift smoothly and they carve through the
corners, says Chassis and Dynamics Engineering Lead, Derk Hartland.
Styling and Design
As with all Saleen
vehicles the H line leaves nothing to be desired from a styling
perspective. The H302 features eye popping aesthetics like the new
front and rear fascias, rockers and heritage spoiler. The exterior
package is rounded out by the matte black body graphics and the
shaker hood which is featured on the H302. The supercharged model
features a power bulge aluminum hood with functional cooling vents
bringing function to form. On the inside, the unique seat trim
features stone gray Alcantara accents and a laser etched shift knob.
Production and pricing
The H302 began
production in October and the H302SC is slated to begin production
in early December. The naturally aspirated H302 production will be
limited to 500 units and the supercharged car will be more exclusive
at only 200 units. Both the H302 and the H302SC feature a
manufacturers bumper to bumper warranty; 3 years and 36000 miles on
the H302 and 12 months and 12,000 miles on the H302SC. We tried to
make sure that we kept the vehicles attainable while maintaining
their exclusivity, says McCammon. The base price of the H302 is set
at $56,999 with the H302SC slightly higher at $74,999.
Customers will be
delighted with the Heritage line and all the new Saleen products.
They will be delighted because we are committing ourselves to
surpassing their expectations. It is a new day at Saleen Automotive.
Its something that we call the Reawakening and the principle is
simple. Give more than you promise, comments, Saleen Inc President
and CEO, Paul Wilbur.
Since the companys
inception in 1984, Saleen has produced over 12,000 complete and EPA
certified vehicles, more than any other specialty automobile
manufacturer. In addition, Saleen has equipped more than 600,000
vehicles worldwide, further emphasizing their capabilities and
commitment to excellence.
Manufacturers Champion in GT sports car racing, Saleen manufactured
the American super car the Saleen S7, as well as the S281 Mustang,
S331 Sport Truck and the Saleen/Parnelli Jones Limited Edition
Mustang. Saleens manufacturing facility is located in Troy,
Michigan. The Michigan facility has just completed all paint and
assembly of the Ford GT as a special project for Ford Motor Company
and currently is providing paint and subassembly for the Dodge Viper
SRT-10 as well as supercharging the new Ford F150 Harley Davidson
pickup for Ford.