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All-New 2000 Saleen SR Provides Ultimate Performance; SR Blends High Performance with Race Technology

7 January 2000

All-New 2000 Saleen SR Provides Ultimate Performance; SR Blends High Performance with Race Technology
    IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 7 There's a new car from America's
best-known performance car manufacturer.  The 2000 SR from Saleen takes
"street performance" to its ultimate. See the intro here on TACH. 

    With an energizing 505 horsepower from its 5.8 liter Saleen Centrifugal
Supercharged V-8 engine and a Saleen Racecraft designed independent rear
suspension, the SR takes curves with the same force as it does straightaways.

    "We've used our racing experience on the track and adapted this technology
in the engineering of the SR to create the ultimate street performance
vehicle," said Steve Saleen, president and founder of Saleen Inc.  "The SR
goes from 0-60 mph 'very quickly' and hits a quarter mile speed 'very fast.'"

    The 2000 SR is highlighted by Saleen's 5.8-liter Ford-based engine
producing 505 hp and 500 lbs of torque mated to a Saleen six-speed
transmission.  A custom Saleen driveshaft leads to an IRS differential system
at a gear ratio of 3.55:1.  Braking is through 14.4" front rotors with four-
piston calipers.  Rear brakes are 13.0" metallic discs with four-piston
calipers.  Unibody construction features a complete roll cage and suspension
reinforcement system.  A refined Saleen Racecraft suspension includes
independent uneven length double wishbones with Saleen N2 triple adjustable
shocks and adjustable sway bars in the front and a Saleen-designed push-pull
Independent rear suspension.  The SR also includes power assisted rack and
pinion steering.  Additional features include race inspired seats and a white
instrument gauge cluster with a 200 mph speedometer.

    The Saleen SR boasts exterior aerodynamic refinements beyond the base
complete body panels of the Saleen S281, including a specially-designed
composite hood, composite rear bodywork and underbody tunnel.  The SR was
wind-tunnel tuned at Lockheed-Martin's full-size tunnel in Marietta, Georgia.
The SR comes standard with 18" wheels and Pirelli P-Zero tires.  Every body
part is unique to the Saleen SR, with the exception of the windows.

    The Saleen SR is available as a coupe only. The retail price for the
Saleen SR starts at $150,000.   Like all Saleen vehicles, the 2000 SR is
available only at Saleen Certified Ford dealers nationwide.  For a list of
Saleen Certified Ford dealers, contact Saleen at 9 Whatney, Irvine, CA 92618,
call 949-457-9100 or go to
    Saleen manufacturing facilities include complete research, engineering,
design and assembly capability.  Saleen is certified by the federal government
as a specialty vehicle manufacturer.  Saleen manufactured vehicles meet all
the same Federal government regulations as those of large automobile
manufacturers, and come with a full factory warranty.

    Since the company's inception in 1984, Saleen has produced over 7,000
vehicles, more than any other specialty manufacturer.  The company's line
includes Saleen S281, S351 sports cars, Saleen XP8 sport utility and Saleen
Performance Parts, the latter a complete line of performance and appearance
products for Mustangs and Explorers.