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Saleen Is Back In Business, Prepares Limited Edition S7 Le Mans

Steve Saleen, the founder of an automaker that bears his last name, has announced that Saleen Automotive has acquired the properties to the S7 model.
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Until Samsung revealed its top-of-the-line smartphone, S7 was mostly known as the name of a Saleen car. Petrolheads still think of a Saleen when they hear a reference to “S7,” so you can imagine the goosebumps we felt when we heard something about some “note” and an S7 catching fire or exploding. We were about to write that no cars were burned because of the phone, but that had already happened, sadly.

Coming back to the S7 we know best, the Saleen S7, it appears that the company will build a continuation series. The news came from Steve Saleen during the 20th Annual Saleen Show and Open House. Only seven vehicles will be constructed, and all of them will be S7 LM cars.

The LM series of the Saleen S7 celebrates the class win achieved in 2010 at Le Mans. Six years ago, a team named Larbre Competition from France entered a Saleen ST-7 in the LMGT-1 class.

The #50 automobile came first in its class and on the 13th overall spot. It was driven by Gabriele Gardel, Julien Canal, and Roland Berville, and riding on Michelin tires. It performed 331 laps, which is 66 less than the winning LMP1 car, an Audi R15 TDI plus.

According to SOEC, the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club, the new car will provide about 1,000 HP, and it will also come with advanced electronics and smart suspension system. The body will have exposed carbon fiber on view, and will reportedly cost $1 Million.

From what we can observe in the photos posted by the SOEC forum, the engine will be a V8, while a tub of one of the first units is expecting its first customer. Six other cars will be made after it, so get them while they are hot and available.

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