Saleen Tesla Model S Coming Soon

JAN 31 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 15

Tesla Model S In Detroit

Tesla Model S In Detroit

Saleen Automotive has just announced that it’s first-ever attempt at “enhancing an existing electric vehicle” will be performed on the Tesla Model S.

2014 Saleen S302 Black Label Mustang

2014 Saleen S302 Black Label Mustang

Saleen, an American specialty manufacturer of high performance vehicles and technical performance parts, will produce the Saleen Tesla Model S.

As Saleen Automotive states:

“No release date has been set for completion of the Saleen Tesla Model S, but renderings will be released as Research and Design continue. Our engineers will also prepare a spec sheet which will detail some of the enhancements and innovations we intend to add to the Saleen Tesla Model S.”

Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive, adds:

“Saleen Automotive is intent on continually expanding its presence in the automotive market.  We have already announced or produced incredible vehicles including Camaros, Challengers, and of course Mustangs, adding style and performance to each of those legendary lines. Now, we turn our attention to the vehicle that has defined the sports car in the rapidly growing electric car sector.”

“Tesla’s values are not a departure from our core values of elite power, style, and performance. I have admired their craftsmanship.  And now with our upcoming entry into the electric car market with a revolutionary design all our own, we share a desire to also produce vehicles that are not dependent on fossil fuels and which accomplish this fuel independence with a tremendous assemblage of grace and technology.”

“I fully intend to produce one of the most compelling Tesla’s to ever hit the roadway.”

As of right now, there’s no info on pricing, availability, specs or anything else worthy of adding to the discussion on the Saleen Tesla Model S.

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Holy crap, thats awesome!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

I’m curious to see what they can actually do to the drivetrain, and how much support they do or don’t receive from Tesla. I reckon anything they do to the battery will void its warranty, so rewiring it for higher voltage motor(s) is probably not feasible.

Not doing anything to the drivetrain makes it a pointless styling exercise.

My guess is they will void the Tesla warranty and offer a Saleen one.

Like in the early years before Saleen Mustangs were sold at select Ford Dealers.

Cool! Now, though when people say Tesla’s are: rich mens toys, at least in reference to this vehicle, they will be correct.

Maybe they can get rid of the frunk, and put a traction motor on the front axle for a faster 0-60.

*In Vizzin’s voice*
Inconceivable! You can’t make a Model S more compelling than it already is…

Vizzini’s, sorry…

yawn

Maybe they can upgrade the interior since that seems to be one of the few complaints by the press. Custom leather French stitched dash, stainless steel interior door hardware, seats with better support, custom center console etc.

How about a 400 hp motor at each wheel and jack the thing up a few feet like those hot rods you see? Then you could pancake in about 10 – 85 kwh batteries (a measley 850 kwh total) and you’d have a 1600 horsepower, 1500 mile range, $million rich man’s toy.

Now, where do you all the charging connectors? Maybe one by each tail light and license plate light.

It would look like an octopus at Supercharger stations.

That would be kinda heavy. I would like to see the curve of 0-60 times vs more battery and find the point where adding more batteries does not help the 0-60 time. It’s sort of like in my office, there’s a point you reach of adding more monitors to your desk that doesn’t increase productivity.

Well, the Monster Trucks like ‘big foot’ probably don’t hAve a great 0-60, but people watch them anyway.

I’m with you, at a minimum i’d look at putting Protean in wheel motors on the front two, and add magnetic ride control with fast EMA’s to improve the dynamic response of the suspension or perhaps high speed pnuematic augmented suspension. I’d also look at some serious aero-mods, the Tesla S has great aero but if you put some wheel pants on over the tires, you could really max out the aero. The Tesla battery packs are very interesting, but perhaps adding some ultra-caps in to help balance the power requirements for the extra wheels might help and if you are going to mess around with the car, i’d dump the passenger seats, i’d make it a 2 seater 2 door and add some battery in. I’d also look at some serious upgrades on the electronics. Heads up Display, Forward looking IR cameras, integrated radar detectors, maybe some radar absorbing material. Paint it matte black or air superiority grey. I’d also ditch the steering wheel and put in either a center stick or side stick controller and make the bonnet(Frunk) translucent. i’d also dump the side view mirrors in favor of integrated cameras and synthesized rear vision. I’d have a… Read more »

Removing the side-view mirrors would mean it’s not street-legal.

Maybe adding active safety systems? But Tesla will do that eventually anyway