Saleen debuts a trilogy based on storied racing legends
Saleen Automotive expanded its product lineup with the announcement of the Saleen Heritage Collection vehicles unveiled at Laguna Seca Raceway. A Limited Edition series, Saleen has covered the entire front of the racing field from the most competitive time in SCCA Trans-Am racing history, and pushed them once again to the forefront of the American Pony Car class in a limited edition series.
George Follmer: The GF Edition Mustang remembers one of the most successful racing drivers of this era, George Follmer. Follmer has been described as the go-to wheelman when the pressure was on and races needed to be won. The Follmer Edition Mustang is styled from the #16 1969 Boss 302 Mustang that George Follmer campaigned the same year. Coincidentally, 1969 also marks the first year Ford Motor Company debuted and campaigned the Boss 302 Mustang. Mechanically advanced Saleen technology can be found throughout this edition including a naturally aspirated 470+hp high revving engine, track tuned suspension, and a 6-speed manual transmission.
Mark Donohue: The MD Edition Camaro commemorates the diverse and successful racing career of Mark Donohue. As a major competitor during the SCCA Trans-Am series of the late 1960's, Donohue was known to strategize every aspect of his race vehicle from engineering setup to driving toward each victory. The Donohue Edition Camaro is largely queued from the #6 1969 Camaro that sparked the flame of major competition for the racing series and claimed the season championship that same year.
Swede Savage: The SS Edition Barracuda memorializes the #42 1970 factory-sponsored racer that Savage drove during the same season. Savage had his series start the year prior and his ambition quickly established him amongst the ranks of the top drivers in the series. The Savage Barracuda is a purposeful execution of the notable racer and brings the same automotive passion and ambition that Swede Savage conveyed throughout his career.
All three new Saleen vehicles wearing the Heritage Collection banner reflect the same vintage racing attitude of their respective counterpart of yesteryear. Paint colour schemes are offered only in the same colour identity as the original, forming the backdrop for the Special Edition graphics that set each vehicle apart from the rest of the pack. Each interior is composed to give the driver the same excitement and feeling of running hot laps before a big race, but with modern comforts.
Each of the Heritage Collection vehicles come complete with modern engineering features as standard equipment. Possessing the same authenticity of the race-spec motors of the 1960's and 70's, powertrain development includes naturally aspirated specifications for each Heritage Collection vehicle in the lineup for maximum power on-demand. Suspension is balanced for proper weight distribution, and Braking systems are specifically setup for each vehicle from a race-minded viewpoint. Each of these modern Saleen engineered solutions are carefully integrated to each Heritage Collection vehicle to create a well-balanced machine that could easily find itself enjoying a day turning laps at the track or taking a spin around the block.