June 1, 2005

What Chad likes most about this car is that even though the thing spits out 600 to the tires with ease, it's still a streetable car. It starts up every time, it idles smoothly, it runs all day on 93-octane pump gas, and it's as reliable as a stocker. The best part is that at 40 mph in second gear, Chad can roll into the throttle and boil the Drag Radials down to the rims.

In the future, Chad is already planning to add a race-fuel tune-up to the four-bank SCT chip that is already in the car. He's also going to add a larger, Lightning-spec mass air meter, and the transmission will be upgraded to a Tremec TKO. You may also see more of this car at the track. No timeslip had been procured by Chad at the time of this writing, but he thinks high-10s shouldn't be a problem. We suspect that he may have to lose some of the Saleen handling characteristics to do that, but it may just be worth it in the end. Regardless, this Saleen is a handful for anyone in the other lane.

5.0 Tech SpecsEngine And DrivetrainBlockStockDisplacement281 ciCylinder HeadsStock with no port workCamshaftsModular Power House customIntake ManifoldStockThrottle Body75mmPower AdderPaxton Novi 2000 supercharger with 17.5 psiExhaustCeramic-coated Bassani Mid-Length headers; Bassani X-pipe; Borla mufflers and tailpipesFuel SystemCobra fuel pump with Kenne BellBoost-A-PumpTransmissionStock Tremec 3650Rearend8.8 Ford; Eaton 31-spline limited slip; 3.73 gears; Moser 31-spline axles

ElectronicsEngine ManagementStock Saleen computer with EFI Solutions re-flashIgnitionStock with NGK BR7EF spark plugsGaugesAuto Meter boost and fuel pressure; stock Saleen tachometer; Raptor shift light

Suspension And ChassisFront SuspensionK-MemberStockA-ArmsStockSpringsSaleenStrutsSaleenWheelsSaleen 18-inchTiresPirelli P7000 255/35ZR18BrakesStockRear SuspensionSpringsSaleenShocksSaleenControl ArmsSteeda upper adjustable; SteedaHardcore aluminum lowerTraction Devicesn/aWheelsSaleen 18-inchTiresBFGoodrich G-Force Drag Radial 275/35ZR18BrakesStockChassis StiffeningKenny Brown subframe connectors