Saleen might be in the midst of a legal and financial crisis, but that hasn't stopped the California tuner from announcing plans for a limited run of Saleen S7 hypercars, built from the original designs and components from the first run of cars.
This comes as a bit of a surprise, as Saleen Automotive didn't have the rights to the S7 until recently. Following a bout of conflicts in the past few years, the rights to the S7 fell under the jurisdiction of a holding company, which recently put a bundle of S7 goodies, including the intellectual rights, tools, unfinished cars, and parts up for auction. Saleen Automotive stepped in as the winning bidder and used these assets to fuel an extended run of S7s for moneyed collectors.
According to the short statement from Saleen, the new run of cars will be named the S7 LM, honoring the 20th anniversary of its last win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Each car will have a spec sheet nearly identical to the one carried by the top-spec S7 Twin Turbo from 2005. Under the lithe bodywork beats the same Ford-sourced 7.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, pushing out an astounding 1,000 hp. Saleen was mum about performance figures, but we would be shocked if they vary from the specs of the older Twin Turbo. Expect a 0-60 time around 2.8 seconds, and a more impressive 0-100 mph time of 5.9 seconds. Keep your foot planted long enough, and the original S7 Twin Turbo would top out around 248 mph.
If this project reaches fruition, each S7 LM will wear special paintwork, wheels, interiors, and aerodynamic features that set it apart from the original run of cars.
Want one? You might have to sell your extensive collection of Saleen Mustangs, as each S7 LM will cost a cool one million bucks. That is, if this special edition actually sees the light of day.
For a better look at the new S7, head over to the press release.