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05:25  20 november  2017
05:25  20 november  2017 Source:   Road & Track

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Saleen , the California-based Ford tuning company famous for its ultra-fast S7 supercar, is reportedly building an all-new four-cylinder mid - engine sports car called the S1, set to premiere at the L.A. Auto Show later in November.

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a car parked in front of a building: Saleen Is Reportedly Building a Ford-Powered Four-Cylinder Mid-Engine Sports Car© autohome.com.cn Saleen Is Reportedly Building a Ford-Powered Four-Cylinder Mid-Engine Sports Car

Saleen, the California-based Ford tuning company famous for its ultra-fast S7 supercar, is reportedly building an all-new four-cylinder mid-engine sports car called the S1, set to premiere at the L.A. Auto Show later in November.

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According to China Daily, the S1 will be built in China by Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technology, a joint venture firm established by Saleen and its Chinese partners in 2009. The car will be powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged Ford four-cylinder engine making around 450 horsepower and 425 lb.-ft. of torque, according to Auto Guide.

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2 premieres for Mazda at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show but no rotary sports car . More News. Speaking with Wards Auto, Saleen CEO Paul Wilbur said there were plans to develop a more conventional mid - engine car built around a simple aluminum body.

The SSC Aero is an American- built mid - engine sports car by Shelby Super Cars . car in the world, with a fastest recorded speed of 413 km/h (257 mph).This speed was reportedly achieved during It is the first car produced by Saleen not based on an existing design. The S7 debuted on August 19

Charles Wang, chairman and CEO of Jiangsu Saleen, told China Daily there will also be an electric version of the S1 sports car, though specs have yet to be revealed.

The Rugao Jiangsu Saleen plant where the S1 will be built will have the capacity to produce up to 150,000 cars a year once construction is completed in 2018. The joint venture plans on producing "all sorts of passenger cars including sedans, SUVs and crossovers" in addition to the mid-engine sports car.

Wang confirmed the Saleen S1 will be sold in America. According to China Daily, the company is planning to introduce a new sales model unique from a traditional dealership and from Tesla's direct sales - though it's not clear exactly how it will do so.

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