Saleen Automotive’s Tesla Model S-based Foursixteen to Bow at Pebble Beach

Posted on August 14, 2014 5:36 PM by J.D. Kane

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 Tesla S Prototype

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.

  • Rob Williams

    I have a feeling that Saleen isn’t going to be the only builder getting in on this action.

    • JD Kane

      Well, if fully-electric cars really catch on well, I’m 100% sure that you’re right.

      If there’s one thing car enthusiasts all like to do, it’s modding their cars.

  • zacharyt1122

    It’ll be while before electric really catches onto the entiusiast scene. When you have 662 hp Shelby’s and 707 hp Chargers running around from the factory for the same price as a Model S stock, its hard to be excited about a “performance” electric car.

    • JD Kane

      As a lifelong car enthusiast, the biggest turn-off with electric cars for me is the lack of a suitable soundtrack. That aural pleasure is a huge deal to me, and it’s something many enthusiasts also crave.

      Look no further than Formula 1, where fans, even longtime, hardcore ones, are a bit miffed by the lack of an exciting sound from the current spec of hybrid electric-turbocharged power units. I mean, “conventional” turbos sound bad enough (to me), but the newfangled electrically-boosted power units just don’t excite enthusiasts at all.

      Now if you can somehow make an electric engine sound anything like, oh, a normally-aspirated V12, now we’re on to something…

      • Jamie Fletcher

        And there lies the problem… sound is energy, energy that does not go into propulsion. Creating quiet cars is actually beneficial, not only to peoples’ auditory comfort, but also energy efficiency. Basically, the ‘ultimate’ car would have to be silent. To make an electric car with the heart throbbing sound of a V12, would require several kilowatts worth of power pumping through speakers… sad truth.

        • JD Kane

          Oh, Jamie, you just had to make it all logical. ;)

          You’re correct, of course.

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