5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
2007 Saleen GT 500 - Lucky One
Putting the Saleen stamp on a Shelby GT 500 is unique, but the price paid for this Shaleen is even more newsworthy
Founded in the later '90s as the racing arm of Saleen as the Saleen/Allen Speedlab (Hollywood's Tim Allen had money to spend then), the Saleen Speedlab name has long since been applied to Saleen's aftermarket parts division.
In recent years, the Speedlab bumped along without much interest from the main Saleen organization, but that all changed according to Speedlab Sales Manager Carlos Duran. He says the Saleen board of directors recognizes the huge sales potential of Saleen-branded aftermarket parts and wants Carlos to make them happen.
Look for the expected Saleen Mustang and S331 truck parts, along with assemblies such as superchargers and complete engines. Carlos also says the Saleen retail store will be reconfigured to emphasize retails sales-our recent story on store manager Molly Saleen had barely hit print when she left the company. More such stores and Speedlab Centers (service shops) are planned around the nation. The main Speedlab Center and R&D facility will remain in Irvine, California, while Saleen production cars and trucks are now all being built at the Troy, Michigan facility.
Keep in mind that Speedlab Centers aren't limited to Ford products, but are free to install any part on any vehicle it believes is in keeping with Saleen standards.
As part of the parts sales push, Carlos says Saleen will remain active in its traditional road racing role, and add a more grassroots drag racing arm in Fun Ford Weekend, as well as likely NMRA and World Ford Challenge events.
Expect continued Speedlab emphasis on supercharging. Saleen has enjoyed strong aftermarket Mustang blower sales because its kits are packaged for easy installation, come nearly fully assembled, are cost competitive, and carry a warranty-an especially popular selling point. Even though the Saleen blower kits aren't engineered for over-the-top power, they've definitely carved a meaningful notch in the market.
Thus, "We might have a supercharger for everything shortly," says Carlos. They already have the Harley pickup blower, which has been adapted to the Navigator and Expedition as the Speedlab works its way through the complete Ford truck line.
Carlos confirmed the Speedlab is working on a new blower. It's the same twin-screw supercharger, but packaged to incorporate a Shaker hoodscoop. Just the thing for PJ and Classic Design people who'd love to go blower but don't want to give up their Shaker or change their hood. Preorders will be taken on this system in late winter of '08 with parts showing up next summer for those interested.
|5.0 Tech specs|
|ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN||A-arms|
|281ci, 5.4 liters||Struts|
|Cylinder Heads||Saleen Racecraft|
|Power Adder||Saleen Racecraft|
|Stock Eaton Hybrid Roots||Wheels|
|Fuel System||Stock 14-in Brembo|
|Stock six-speed manual||Springs|
| ||Saleen Racecraft|
|Engine Management||Saleen Racecraft|
|SUSPENSION AND CHASSIS||Brakes|