One for the street and the other for the circuit, Saleen Automotive has just announced a pair of 30-Year Championship Commemorative Edition Mustangs.
These two new special editions were designed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saleen’s first SCCA championship and will be produced in partnership with General Tire as a throwback to the on-track success the two companies enjoyed together in the 1980s.
In the latter half of the ’80s Steve Saleen, an ex-Forumla Atlantic driver, had dreams of selling highly modified Mustangs to the buying public. His race-prepped Mustangs had only just begun competing in SCCA sanctioned events, but already Saleen’s handiwork was gaining notoriety.
Jump to 1987 and Saleen’s status as one of America’s eminent speed shops was solidified when the California-based squad won the 1987 driver, manufacturer, team, and tire SCCA ESCORT Endurance Championships.
Based on the 2017 Ford Mustang GT, both car’s feature a massive 3.2-liter liquid-cooled supercharger crowning the stock 5.0-liter V8 which cranks output to 730 horsepower for the street model and 750 for the track derivative.
Both models also share a new exhaust, Racecraft suspension, competition gearshifter, a special yellow, white and black livery, along with debuting General Tire’s new G-MAX RS performance rubbers which will wrap a set of Saleen’s signature white wheels.
“We are extremely proud to introduce the first summer tire for General with such a legendary brand as Saleen,” stated Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. “The new ultra-high performance G-MAX RS is a tire that we have been anticipating for a several years. Our dealers have asked for it and we know the market is ready for it. This new Saleen Mustang is a perfect match for the G-MAX RS.”
According to the company, the track version is set apart by deleting the rear seat and adding a four-point roll cage, harness, an upgraded radiator plus a few other undisclosed tweaks.
Production of the commemorative editions will begin in September, with prices starting at $87,000 for the street model. That is if you can even get near one of the 30 cars planned.