Saleen S5S Raptor

Discussion in 'American Cars' started by S7TT, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. #1 S7TT, Apr 8, 2008
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    Has anyone posted this yet? I apologize if anyone has already posted this.

    Supercar maker and Ford customizer Saleen took the wraps off its all-new S5S Raptor at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday. Designed to compete with the high-performance offerings from Ferrari and Lamborghini, the Raptor delivers 650 horsepower at 6300 rpm and 630 pound-feet of torque at 4400 rpm.

    The Raptor — which was inspired by the bird of prey — is designed to digest cellulosic ethanol fuel, which should help it score points with environmentalists and advocates of oil independence. The higher octane rating of E85 gas also results in more power, Saleen says. The supercharged S5S is reportedly capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.2 seconds.

    The Raptor can be equipped with a close-ratio 6-speed manual, or optional paddle shifting sequential gearbox. Either gearbox can send the rigid aluminum chassis and composite material body screaming to a top speed of over 200 mph.

    The double wishbone suspension and rack-and-pinion steering of the S5S is augmented by ABS traction control and stability control systems. The brake system features 15-inch (381 mm) front rotors with 6-piston calipers, and 13-inch (308 mm) rear rotors with dual piston calipers. Traction is provided by 275/35 ZR20 front and 315/35/ZR20 rear Pirelli Rosso tires that wrap the 20 inch forged aluminum wheels. Of note, the Raptor's wheels are coat with a special chemical formula that prevents brake dust from collecting.

    The aesthetics for the Raptor were developed by ASC Creative Services, America's largest independent automotive design firm. The primary designer on this program was Dave Byron, a member of ASC's Design team.

    According to Saleen executives, the S5S Raptor could enter the market in as little as two years, and should it go forward, it would carry a base price of approximately $185,000 — roughly that of the Ferrari F430.

    I AM LIKIN" IT ( shit. I have entered fanboy stage )
  2. count this as a foto update then.
  3. Usually, american cars don't handle very well, so I will not hold my breath for this tugboat.
  4. ORLY? NO WAI.
  5. ^^ 2nd account
  8. Uh, yeah
  9. Shut it commie.
  10. what a horrible name
  11. I will put tibet in your ass with one hand.
  13. Almost as bad as BMW's 309450ewksfrzI naming scheme? <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/disappointed.gif"></A>
  14. All cars with [LETTER][NUMBER] names are gay.
  15. yea. all those damn cars with names like that SUCK.
  16. Like Mercedes? (eg, C350)
  17. Every last one ever.

  18. Giving cars those kinds of names literally make the car worse in every single aspect.
  19. what makes this one any different than the last car saleen made?

    saleen s7 and s7r were awesome cars but bad marketing or bad timing meant that they never really got hyped as much as they should have.

    if the saleen s7r can post better performance than enzo and cgt and do it in a race ready vehicle (that actually raced) and hardly anyone has ever heard of it, then how is this ever gonna succeed.

    maybe its because there just isnt a market for ultra-expensive, super fast cars coming from the same people that sell body kits for mustangs

    if shelby cant make it popular, then neither can saleen
  20. No there good.
  21. Why does everyone expect it won't handle good just because it is American? American sportscars and supercars have handled awsome for years. Corvettes, Vipers, the Saleen S7 handled awsome, Moslers, and the SSC Ultimate Aero. American cars handle great. This car will most likeely handle very well.
  22. #23 PandaBeat, Apr 17, 2008
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    all of thsoe are shit, amerikan cars ahndle like teh titanic. any european hatch handels betta than a crapvette, proof:

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  24. #25 Gunman, Apr 17, 2008
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    Ah...that explains all of the Moslers racing in europe...and why Porsche and Ferrari put up such a fight to keep the Mosler MT900R out of FIA GT3.

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