Saleen Owners Target Dodge Viper Division

After announcing on January 30 the acquisition of several assets belonging to Saleen Inc., MJ Acquisitions is now targeting a new business, this now owned by American giant Chrysler. Even though Saleen's new owners refused to confirm whether they forwarded an offer to Chrysler or not, the company confirmed its interest in Dodge's Viper division. American automaker Chrysler earlier this month said it received three proposal for Viper but the company is performing “due diligence” on them, according to Autonews.

Though it's unclear which are the assets to be sold along with the Viper business, the aforementioned sources said the operation may include the Detroit-based factory, the workers plus the car model. Dodge Viper is currently powered by a 8.0-liter engine that produces a maximum power of 608 hp (447 kW) and a torque of 560 lb-ft (759 Nm).

As mentioned, MJ Acquisitions owner Mike Shields refused to confirm whether the company proposed a deal to Chrysler. "That's a touchy little subject there," he told Autonews. Chrysler also declined to comment the report. "I'm not disclosing the name of the companies," spokesman David Elshoff was quoted as saying by the same source.

Mike Shields and his brother currently own several groups involved in the automotive industry, including Cyltec, Arrow Racing Engines, Control-Tec and Power-Tec Engineering.

MJ Acquisitions recently purchased several assets belonging to American automaker Saleen Inc., except the S7 and S5 Raptor vehicle divisions plus the paint operations.

"We moved on this purchase quickly to ensure that the process of delivering high-quality automobiles and components to the consumers is not disrupted," said Mike Shields, President and CEO of MJ Acquisitions. “I am particularly excited about Saleen's supercharger experience and its synergies with Power-Tec's development of the next generation of superchargers."
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