Jim Smart
July 1, 2001
Photos By: E. John Thawley, III
Saleen S281s at a Glance
  S281 Supercharged S281
Acceleration
0-30 mph 1.89 sec 2.07 sec
0-60 mph 5.26 sec 4.99 sec
0-{{{100}}} mph 14.16 sec 11.88 sec
Quarter-mile 13.92 at 100.04 mph 13.48 at 107.19 mph
Braking
60-0 mph 122 ft 122 ft
Slalom 61.{{{80}}} sec {{{62}}}.46 sec
Hard-core
Curb weight 3,064 lbs 3,064 lbs
Weight distribution 56 front/44 rear 56 front/44 rear
Fuel capacity 15.7 gal 15.7 gal
Wheelbase 101.3 in 101.3 in
Track 59.7 in, front/61.5 in, rear 59.7 in, front/61.5 in, rear
Width 73.1 in 73.1 in
Length 183.2 in 183.2 in
Height 53.1 in 53.1 in
Trunk space 10.9 ci 10.9 ci
Engine 4.6 2V SOHC 4.6 2V SOHC
    Roots-style supercharger
Horsepower 285 at 5,100 rpm 365 at 6,000 rpm
Torque 315 lb-ft at 4,100 rpm 400 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm

Saleen SR
Did you know that the upscale Saleen SR was wind tunnel-tested at Lockheed-Martin in Marietta, Georgia? This explains the SR's very slippery lines that make it a cut above the S281. The '01 Saleen SR takes street performance to its highest plateau with a mind-bending, supercharged 505 hp from more conventional Ford power: the fuel-injected 5.8L (351W) small-block.

"We've used our racing experience and adapted this technology into the engineering to make the SR the ultimate street-performance vehicle," Steve told us. He's not kidding either. The SR will crack 0-60 in considerably less time than the supercharged S281. Quarter-mile times will blow away most any '60s musclecar, including the 428 Cobra Jet Mustang.

What impresses us about the '01 SR is the use of the pushrod 351W small-block with time-proven snap-and-twist and a six-speed transmission. The six-speed offers us two overdrive ranges for better cruising. In back is a fully independent rear suspension with 3.55:1 gears inside the differential. Huge 14.4-inch front disc brakes give you stopping power compatible with the 351's power underhood. The SR has a complete rollcage and suspension reinforcement system. A refined Saleen Racecraft suspension sports independent, uneven double wishbones in back, along with Saleen N2 triple-adjustable shocks and adjustable sway bars.

Race-inspired bucket seats provide unending support for tired posteriors. A white-faced, 200-mph speedometer provides food for thought for those determined to court eternity. It may actually take an eternity to pay for the Saleen SR at $158,000 a copy.

For more information, contact Saleen, Inc., Dept. MM, 9 Whatney, Irvine, CA 92618; (949) 597-4900; fax, (949) 597-0301; or visit the Web site www.saleen.com.