2000→2004 Saleen S7

2000→2004 Saleen S7

2000→2004 Saleen S7

In 2001, Steve Saleen embarked on his most ambitious program and debuted the Saleen S7 at the Monterey Historic Races. It was his first separate car that wasn’t derived from a Mustang and was entirely new. With a mid-mounted V8 and stylish carbon fiber body, the S7 was one of the few supercars produced in America, and Saleen claimed it was the only car being sold in America with power 500 bhp.

Up until 2001, Saleen had built a reputation tuning Mustangs info performance muscle cars. He began in 1983 around Troy, Michigan. By the time he relocated to Irvine California, Saleen had upgraded thousands of Mustangs and was synonymous with Mustang performance.

Together Steve Saleen, Billy Tally and Phil Frank came up with the basic premise for the S7 and then outsourced most of the engineering and design to other firms. Ray Mallock Ltd. (RML) did a bulk of the work and the first few prototypes came from their shop in the UK.

An all-new V8 engine was manufactured by Billy Tally which used many dimensions from the Ford 427 crate engine. Compared to the Ford lump, Saleen’s was eight inches shorter. This connected to a 6-speed transaxle and 4-plate clutch.

At the time of launch Saleen claimed it took only 2.8 seconds for the S7 to 60 mph and 8.1 seconds to 100 mph.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production years2000 – 2004
released at2001 Monterey Historic Races
built atIrvine, CA, USA
body stylistPhil Frank
price $$ 375,000
positionMid Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
fuel feedElectronic Fuel Injection
displacement7000 cc / 427.2 in³
bore104.8 mm / 4.13 in
stroke101.6 mm / 4.0 in
power410.1 kw / 550 bhp @ 6400 rpm
specific output78.57 bhp per litre
bhp/weight440.0 bhp per tonne
torque711.8 nm / 525.0 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
body / frameCarbon Fiber over 4130 Steel Spaceframe
driven wheelsMid Engine / RWD
front tires275/30ZR-19
rear tires355/25ZR-19
front brakesVentilated Discs w/6 Piston Calipers
rear brakesVentilated Discs
front wheelsF 48.3 x 24.1 cm / 19.0 x 9.5 in
rear wheelsR 48.3 x 33.0 cm / 19.0 x 13.0 in
curb weight1250 kg / 2756 lbs
wheelbase2700 mm / 106.3 in
front track1748 mm / 68.8 in
rear track1710 mm / 67.3 in
length4774 mm / 188.0 in
width1990 mm / 78.3 in
height1041 mm / 41.0 in
transmission6-Speed Manual
tran clutch4-Plate Clutch
gear ratios2.46:1, 2.06:1, 1.47:1, 1.18:1, 0.958:1, 0.74:1
final drive3.22:1
top speed~354.1 kph / 220 mph
0 – 60 mph~3.5 seconds
0 – 100 mph~8.9 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~11.8 seconds
fuel capacity71.92 litres or 19 gal.