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Saleen to resurrect "America's only true supercar" with ultra-exclusive, 1000 hp S7 LM

Saleen to resurrect "America's...
The Saleen S7 LM is expected to have 1000 hp from its turbocharged V8
The Saleen S7 LM is expected to have 1000 hp from its turbocharged V8
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The Saleen S7 LM is expected to have 1000 hp from its turbocharged V8
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The Saleen S7 LM is expected to have 1000 hp from its turbocharged V8
The S7 LM is designed to commemorate Saleen's racing history
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The S7 LM is designed to commemorate Saleen's racing history
The Saleen S7 LM was shown to the company's fans and owners 
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The Saleen S7 LM was shown to the company's fans and owners 
The carbon bodywork hints at a more modern, lighter Saleen 
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The carbon bodywork hints at a more modern, lighter Saleen 
A look at an S7 LM being built
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A look at an S7 LM being built
Saleen will build just seven S7 LMs
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Saleen will build just seven S7 LMs
Broad carbon sills aren't necessarily what you'd associate with the traditional American car
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Broad carbon sills aren't necessarily what you'd associate with the traditional American car
A carbon door ready for action
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A carbon door ready for action
Power comes from a twin-turbo V8 
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Power comes from a twin-turbo V8 
Saleen says the motor will produce 1000 hp
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Saleen says the motor will produce 1000 hp
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After seven years out of production, the Saleen S7 is rising from the ashes. Built to celebrate a golden age in the company's racing history, the limited run S7 LM supercar will spit out more than 1,000 hp from its twin-turbo V8 engine.

It might not have quite the same on-track prestige as Ford or Ferrari, but Saleen is still keen to lean on its past racing glories. The S7 LM has been commissioned to celebrate a six year run between 1996 and 2002, when Saleen won over a dozen titles in SCCA, Grand-Am and Spanish GT racing.

While the S7 is being reborn, that doesn't mean it's being reinvented with the limited run LM. Just seven examples will be built, and are set apart from previous production models with a special paintjob, unique interior trim and a 1,000 hp (746 kW) version of the company's twin-turbo 7.0-liter V8.

Considering the S7 Twin Turbo, which made 750 hp (559 kW) from its heavily boosted V8, would hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than three seconds, you can expect the S7 LM to be absolutely terrifying.

The S7 LM is designed to commemorate Saleen's racing history
The S7 LM is designed to commemorate Saleen's racing history

"True to our form, we are bringing back America's only true supercar," says Steve Saleen, Saleen Automotive President and CEO, "We are celebrating our winning heritage and advancing the performance DNA that Saleen was built around."

Not surprisingly, the exclusive S7 LM will come with a suitably rarefied pricetag. The Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club is reporting an expected price of around US$1 million which, given it's based on a 16-year old platform and lacks the hybrid smarts of the modern heavyweights, is hypercar money for what looks to be (at its core) a relatively rudimentary piece of kit.

Source: Saleen, Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club

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3 comments
Matt Fletcher
America's only true supercar? What is the Hennessey Venom, Chop Suey? It's only the fastest car in the world and blows the doors off the S7 LM design.
Tubemate Nz
The SSC Ultimate Aero is an American supercar is it not? I like what I see but let's not ignore the fact that the US has more than 1 example of an extremely exciting V8 powerd mongrel of a car.
TonyKeyworth
It might be technologically clever but what an irrelevant, pointless vehicle.