The boutique supercar manufacturer is well known for the bonkers S7 model it revealed way back in 2000, and for the fact it died out back in 2009 with the production end and the demise of the S5S Raptor replacement.
Back when the S7 was alive, Saleen was headed by founder and then CEO Steve Saleen, who loved the idea of a biturbo V8 with 750 horsepower (559 kilowatts) fitted to a lightweight machine capable of reaching up to 248 miles per hour (399 kilometers per hour). Now the company has died and has been revived with Chinese ownership, and according to a report coming from its new home it’s even preparing the introduction of a revival sports car. According to the rumors, Saleen will be visiting the Los Angeles Auto Show with a new model, allegedly called S1 – ahead of production that will take place with help from Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technology Co., a joint venture between Saleen and a Chinese partner.
The powertrain of choice will allegedly be a 2.3-liter Ford engine, with enough oomph for about 450 hp (335 kW) and 425 pound-feet (576 Newton-meters) of torque – lending it good dynamic credentials and an electronically-governed maximum speed of 180 miles per hour (290 kilometers per hour). There are even details about the arrival of an electric denomination sometime next year, but other details are scarce – aside from the possibility of the platform being based on the Artega GT, a sports car that was retired back in 2012.