S2 E11: 2005 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo Competition. One of only 5 maybe 6 worldwide examples. This fantastic car belongs to our good friend and local car collection Juan Carlos.
In this episode we go for a drive and talk with JC. We discuss some significant history including race pedigree and how this race champion track monster turned into a street car.
The Saleen S7 was first introduced in 2000 as a naturally aspirated 7L V8 car with 550HP. In 2005-2007 the twin turbo was implemented and only 30 twin turbo cars where produced making 750HP. The car we drove was delivered with 850HP because of it’s competition package. But with some slight tuning it’s actually producing an impressive 900HP!
The competition car had more boost, more horsepower, rear wing and a free flowing exhaust. In fact, the wing is said to generate so much down force that at speeds of over 160 MPH it created it’s own weight in downforce. So in theory the car should be able to be flipped and still drive upside down.
The Saleen is certainly a huge part of the American car history and rivals the more popular super cars and hyper cars of it’s time and even in current times because it still remains as one of the fastest cars in the world with a said top speed of 248 MPH.
Not the first car that comes to mind when you think hypercar and thats why we choose the Saleen S7 to be spotlighted on this weeks episode.
A very special thanks to our friend JC for this opportunity!