The Saleen S7 is arguably one of the most important supercars of the modern era.
Normally, you assume great supercars to be European. However, dubbed ‘America’s supercar’, the Saleen S7 is a formidable machine designed and built in the United States.
For once, it was Europe taking notes.
The S7 is both a road and track legend and went on to beat some of the greatest manufacturers on the planet.
Now considered a rarity, opportunities to own a Saleen S7 do not present themselves often.
Racing Edge offers this incredible Saleen S7R GT1 race car for sale. Own the car that stormed to 2002 British GT Championship glory with eight victories and three second places!
Saleen S7 History
The high-performance, two-door Saleen S7 is the brainchild of former racing driver and Saleen Automotive founder Steve Saleen.
Designed by Steve Saleen and Phil Frank, the S7 was initially funded by Hidden Creek Industries. Ray Mallock Ltd (RML) developed the suspension, aerodynamics and chassis.
While Saleen made its name developing Mustangs and GT40s, the S7 really put it on the map.
The exclusivity in producing a well-balanced, rear-wheel drive mid-engine supercar was an achievement in itself.
Saleen launched the S7 at the 2009 Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca, 27 years to the day of Steve Saleen’s first race win. The ‘S’ represents Saleen and the ‘7’ its displacement (the car features a 7-liter engine).
This supercar is phenomenal and menacing. Air vents complement its immaculate shape. The vents helped improve performance, cooling the S7’s brakes and massive engine.
Saleen produced the S7 between 2000 and 2009, launching a twin-turbocharged version in 2005. The S7R track-only version, launched in 2001, would enter racing folklore.
Initially costing $400,000 new, the S7 is a supercar that has slowly appreciated in value. This is down to both performance and its rarity.
Throughout its lifespan, the Saleen S7 appeared on screen in movies such as Bruce Almighty, 2 Fast 2 Furious and (rather surprisingly) Alvin & The Chipmunks.
In 2017, the Saleen S7 was reborn in Asia. Developed in partnership with a Chinese automotive company, the new S7LM (Le Mans) version could churn out over 1,300 bhp.
Saleen S7 Specs
At the time of its launch in 2000, the Saleen S7 was the only 500 bhp+ road-going supercar on the market.
Its 7-liter engine, a derivative of the Ford Windsor V8, was all-aluminium and kicked out around 550 bhp at 6,400 RPM. The original S7 could sprint from 0-100 km/h in just three seconds.
The S7 was extremely big in size, but incredibly light due to its carbon fiber body. Its unmistakable rear end is one of the most iconic and widely recognized in automotive history.
In 2005, Saleen launched the even-more powerful S7TT (standing for twin turbo). Its engine got a huge boost and pumped out around 750 bhp, with a top speed of 399 km/h. The jump from 0-100 km/h took less than three seconds, which earned the S7 the ‘World’s Fastest Production Car’ moniker.
Saleen S7R Race History
The Saleen S7 was not only impressive on the road, but also on the track. The S7R track-only version is extremely rare, with approximately 15 units ever made.
It has a rich racing history. Competing between 2000 and 2007, the Saleen S7R was raced in the American Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series, FIA GT Championship and famous Le Mans 24 Hours.
It has graced the world’s leading racetracks, such as Sebring, Daytona and Le Mans. Whatever continent the S7R races on, it turns heads.
The S7R enjoyed great success in 2001, capturing ELMS, ALMS, Grand-Am and Spanish GT championship titles. It also set a new track record as it qualified on pole for the Le Mans 24 Hours. With 27 fastest laps, 29 pole positions and nine victories, the S7R dominated its rivals.
However, the Saleen S7R’s crowning glory came in September 2004. The day America’s supercar produced one of the biggest shocks in racing history.
Ferrari’s home circuit, Imola, hosted Round 8 of the FIA GT Championship. Fiat Chairman Luca di Montemzemolo and the Italian press were expecting huge successes at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in front of a home crowd.
The Italians fielded two Maserati MC12’s, three Ferrari 550s, three Ferrari 575s and two Lamborghini Murcielago’s in the GT Class.
However, the Vitaphone Racing Team’s Saleen S7R pulverized its rivals and took overall victory with an astonishing performance. Even Di Montemzemolo conceded Ferrari had no answer to the S7R.
History was written on the greatest of stages.
Own an S7 today
You can own one of the greatest race cars of the modern era today. Racing Edge offers this unique factory-built Saleen S7R GT1 by Ray Mallock Ltd, used for the first time in 2002.
This incredible race car has competed at both the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours at Sebring. It has enjoyed British GT Championship success and was also raced in the FIA GT Championship.
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