ENHANCED TESLA MODEL S BY SALEEN

| 2014-08-19 | 0 Comments

The Tesla Model S based Saleen FOURSIXTEEN performance electric car was shown for the first time at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Saleen_Foursixteen_1Saleen is an American niche manufacturer of lifestyle ultra-high performance vehicles, technical performance parts, lifestyle accessories and apparel. With more than 30 years of automotive heritage, Saleen has continually set the bar for automotive design and performance engineering in both street and racing applications.

Saleen_Foursixteen_5From the Saleen crafted front fascia to the carbon fiber rear diffuser, the FOURSIXTEEN aerodynamic design is as inspired as it is functional. Assisting the lower aero management is the unique V-shaped hood architecture efficiently directing hot air away from the drivetrain cooling system all while generating valuable downforce across the front section. The rear fascia design finalizes the aerodynamic system as air moves across the cabin and onto the Saleen designed high-downforce decklid mounted spoiler. Mid-chassis air is directed across the carbon fiber accents stretching between the taillights.

Saleen_Foursixteen_3Just like the rest of the Saleen lineup, this car is more than just an eye catching aerodynamic package. Propelling the new FOURSIXTEEN is the 3-phase, four pole AC induction motor and copper rotor with the upgraded drivetrain including an all-new 11.39:1 final gear ratio for quicker acceleration. Electric motor cooling has also been made more productive from the Saleen high-efficiency drivetrain cooling system. Comprising the system is a larger volume radiator, upsampled cooling fans, and a high-flow water pump to help maintain consistent temperatures in more stressful performance applications.

Saleen_Foursixteen_4Also new for the FOURSIXTEEN is the specific MAXGRIP locking differential that allows each wheel to efficiently apply rotational force and maximize traction and grip in performance environments. The Stability Control System has also undergone a track tested performance enhancement. A software change gives the car better cornering response and drivability by allowing the driver to maintain power as traction and vehicle weight distribution change. The suspension system can also be ordered in a fully adjustable configuration, allowing the driver to easily increase stiffness for a day at the track and revert to a more streetable setting with simple adjustments.

Saleen_Foursixteen_2From the handpicked leather palette to the carbon fiber dash accents, the cabin environment is as supercar stylish as it is functionally chic. Starting with the seating, black leather is contrasted by perforated leather accents and Alcantara suede inlays providing a true luxury atmosphere. The front and rear seating have been remolded to produce four full bucket seats complete with added bolstering to create a discerning interior that is fittingly built around the driver and passengers. A new center console has also been integrated into the interior redesign. This functional aspect gives the driver and front passenger additional center storage, a personal electronic device pocket, and a cup holder all within arm’s reach.

Saleen_Foursixteen_6Retail price for the FOURSIXTEEN model is set to start at $152,000 for the complete vehicle, which includes the base P85Model S sedan. This is priced before existing state and federal EV incentives, which can range from $7,500 to $15,000 depending on the buyer’s residence. Alternatively, individual FOURSIXTEEN components are also available for Tesla Model S owners that are looking to just add a touch of performance or styling to their current vehicle.

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