At the recent Formula E event in Long Beach, Saleen put on display its Saleen GTX, a modded Tesla Model S P85D.
Molly Saleen, vice president of Saleen’s retail division, suggests that interest in GTX is high:
“We get almost as many calls about our GTX performance parts as we do our 302 parts. Tesla owners love the fact that a name like Saleen is offering them performance and styling for their vehicles.”
Saleen claims an improved final gear ratio and MAXGrip differential make for quicker acceleration over the stock P85D, but no specific figures have been released. Horsepower remains the same as the stock P85D at 691.
Steve Saleen later presented the GTX at the Tesla Club of LA:
“The future of electric vehicles is very exciting, with mavericks in the industry like Tesla and BMW it is no wonder electric vehicle sales are skyrocketing.”
Saleen states of their GTX product:
"Just like the rest of the Saleen lineup, this car is more than just an eye catching aerodynamic package. Propelling the new GTX is the 3-phase, four pole AC induction motor and copper rotor with the upgraded Saleen drivetrain including an all-new 11.39:1 final gear ratio for quicker acceleration.
Also new for the GTX is a Saleen specific MAXGRIP locking differential that allows each wheel to efficiently apply rotational force and maximize traction and grip in performance environments. All of the Saleen engineered driveline components increase efficiencies in torque management, give a track capable throttle response, and provide faster acceleration. Overall the GTX is a well-balanced vehicle and sounds great too!"
Saleen officially offers two versions of modded Teslas, a 380 horsepower, rear-wheel drive model and a 691 horsepower, all-wheel drive version. If interested, more details are available at Saleens' GTX micro-page here.