Saleen may be best known for their upgraded muscle cars, like the Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger. However, there is a new kind of electric muscle emerging, and Saleen appears to be embracing it with both hands.
“I have admired their craftsmanship,” commented Steve Saleen on the Tesla brand. “We share a desire to also produce vehicles that are not dependent on fossil fuels and which accomplish this fuel independence with a tremendous assemblage of grace and technology.”
The Saleen Model S is on the way, and Saleen already has several drawings that hint towards the direction they would like to go. There is no word on the power increase we’ll be looking at, but they do suggest they will need carbon ceramic brakes in order to handle the additional torque boost.
Beyond performance, Saleen also plans to update the exterior with dual air dams, carbon fiber lip, side skirts, rear diffuser, trunk mounted spoiler, and some slick alloy low profile wheels. The interior won’t be left out either, gaining some nice Alcantara upholstery with red-contrast stitching.
To wrap up this report in just one sentence, this will be one of the most compelling Tesla’s ever to hit the tarmac, or Steve’s last name isn’t Saleen!
Fisker is back, and the Atlantic Concept has been confirmed for 2015. If you have not been paying attention to the saga at Fisker, they have been in trouble since the day the company was formed. They started in 2007, spend too much money on parts, ended up losing $35,000 per $100,000 Karmathey sold, and spent a total of $1.4 billion on one single car.
To make matters worse, they put less than 2,000 Karma’s in driveways across North America over five years of production, even though their plan was to have 15,000 sold per year. This week we discovered that the Wangiang Group had purchased Fisker for the sum of $149.2 million, and has plans to resume production of the Karma within one year.
The Chinese auto parts company also has aspirations to finish the Atlantic Concept in 2015, which was slated to be Fisker’s more affordable hybrid:
Wanxiang, according to Ni, also wants Fisker to complete the half finished development of a second model called the Atlantic, a mid-size gasoline-electric hybrid sedan that was to be positioned as a more affordable “volume model” under Fisker’s previous management and was slated to go into production in 2015.
We’ve heard a lot about the build quality of the Tesla Model S. Consumer Reports raves about its 300 miles distance capacity, 4.4-second 0-60 launch, and its supreme ride comfort. However, where were we during the briefing that laid out its ability to kill such American muscle legends as the Dodge Viper SRT10 and the 2014 Corvette C7 Z51/Stingray?
In these two videos you will witness the true rampaging capability of a Tesla Model S P85, which is the high performance edition featuring an 85-kWh electric motor. If there was ever a good argument for buying green, this would be the one we might actually listen to.
The New York International Auto Show opens today for the general public, and visitors are going to be treated to the first viewing of the new plug-in, hybrid powered Fisker Atlantic. The Atlantic is the second offering, following their high-performance hybrid, known as the Karma. This is a slightly dumbed-down version, which also means that it will be more affordable to the average Joe and Jolene. The Karma was a six-figure, luxury, performance car for the green elite.
The range of the Atlantic on full lithium ion electric power will be between 30 and 40 miles, and thereafter, the gasoline (possibly turbo-charged) engine, supplied by BMW, will kick in. At this point, Fisker has yet to give the details of the engine itself, or the kind of performance that we can expect from it. However, it sure does look awfully purty under all those glittering lights!
HealthyStuff.org has released the most caustic vehicles for 2012, and there were a couple of surprises on the list. You might think that price, and prestige would determine the amount of poor materials found in the design and construction of a vehicle. However, if you are a fan of Mini, VW, and Mitsubishi, we’ve got a few wild cards to throw at you. Continue reading Which 2012 Vehicles Are Harmful to Your Health?→
The original two-seat Carver One was built on a steel chassis, 5-speed manual, and 660 cc turbocharged Daihatsu engine worth 68 bhp. It could barely clear 0-60 in 8 seconds, and with a cost factor teetering over $50 grand, it was not a big surprise it grew to extinction faster than the Knight Rider 2010 television series. Continue reading e-Carver Wants a Piece of the Tesla Roadster→
Famed race car driver, Carroll Shelby, known for his brutal Cobra Roadster and classic Mustang GT-350, has turned his attention to a new breed of muscle. Thigh muscle, that is… Continue reading Shelby Builds a Bicycle!→
Somewhere between 2020 and 2025, driverless passenger vehicles will begin to be offered as an option. This will enable drivers the choice to tell the vehicle where you would like to go, and it will calculate the optimal route and drive them there. These systems are believed to also be safer (less accidents, etc), promote less maintenance issues (better driving habits), and increase the longevity of a vehicle.