Steve Saleen is a name familiar to most auto enthusiasts. He made his name through the 1980s-90s modifying Ford Mustangs for higher performance and more aggressive aesthetics. At the turn of the 21st Century, Saleen started manufacturing his own supercar, the S7. The S7 was good enough to compete internationally, even setting records in races like the prestigious LeMans 24 Hours.
These days, it seems Saleen is taking on a totally different type of challenge. His company, Saleen Automotive, announced plans to introduce what its calling the “Foursixteen,” a Tesla Model S modified in the spirit of Saleen’s original modus operandi. The company aims to have the car ready for the prestigious Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance in Monterey, California.
Saleen Automotive has largely kept mum about the specifics regarding the Foursixteen, but it did admit that the modified Tesla Model S will have a “comprehensive list of aerodynamic, performance and technological upgrades” done to it. The company did release sketches of its planned Tesla S modifications; if the final car is anything like the renderings, it’s going to have an aggressive body kit applied to it as well as an upgraded leather and Alcantara interior.
Steve Saleen says, “We are eager to showcase the results of the tremendous effort of my team at Saleen Automotive, culminating in what I believe is a truly exceptional all-electric vehicle that stands on the shoulders of the Tesla’s innate excellence yet displays the Saleen heritage for which we are known.”
If Saleen’s efforts succeed the way his modified super-Mustangs and the S7 did, look out. The Model S-based Foursixteen will surely be the world’s first true electric super-sedan.