Saleen Automotive is an American car brand, specializing in high-performance sports cars and automotive parts. It’s headquartered in Corona, California. more
The company was established as Saleen Autosport in 1983 by former race driver Steve Saleen. In 1984, the first Saleen cars were released and the company changed its name to Saleen Performance, Incorporated. Famous Saleen Mustang was introduced in 1985. In 1990, Saleen Performance Parts was created as an independent company. By the end of 1990s, the company was restructured and got a new name, Saleen, Inc.
In 2000, Saleen S7 was introduced and soon became a company’s flagship car. It’s the only car of the brand, which isn’t based on the design of other cars. Moreover, it’s the first American serial supercar. In 2002, Saleen got a paint contract for Ford GT and in 2007, started to cooperate with Chrysler, supplying the paint for Dodge Viper. In 2013, after a merger, Saleen turned into a publicly traded company. In 2014, it presented its all-electric performance model, the FOURSIXTEEN.
In 1985, just after the release of Saleen Mustang, the company started to take part in racing competitions. In 1986, it entered the Sports Car Club of America. In 1989, the Saleen race team entered the PPG Indy Car World Series. In 1995, the Saleen/Allen “RRR” Speedlab team was formed by Steve Saleen and Tim Allen. Saleen won many races including SCCA World Challenge series, Watkins Glen International Raceway, Spanish FIA GT championship, the Speedvision World Challenge and the 12 Hours of Sebring.