A few months ago famed Mustang tuner Saleen Automotive announced that they were working on an electric car unlike anything else on the market. Saleen has revealed that it is working on increasing the performance and driving prowess of the Tesla Model S sedan, and it will be interesting to see how a company used to big V8s handles a an all electric car.
Steve Saleen had this to say about the upcoming Tesla Model S project;
“Tesla’s values are not a departure from our core values of elite power, style, and performance. I have admired their craftsmanship,” added Saleen. “And now with our upcoming entry into the electric car market with a revolutionary design all our own, 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.”
It sounds like Steve Saleen gets it.
While we don’t know the details of just what the famed tuning shop has in store for the Tesla Model S, I have to wonder if they aren’t biting off a bit more than they can chew. As it stands, the Tesla Model S can already rival a brand new Corvette in a straight-up drag race, despite weighing well north of 4,000 pounds. It’ll be difficult for Saleen to wring more performance out of the pair of electric motors or the 85 kWh battery pack on the Performance+ model. Then again, Saleen could just add another motor to the front of the Tesla, make it all-wheel drive, and double the power output, though I’m sure it’s a lot more complicated than that.
Difficult, but certainly not impossible. It’s not like there aren’t other things on the Model S to improve anyways. Suspension, steering, and acceleration can all be tuned for the better as well, and I’m sure there are already a number of Model S owners looking for more edge-of-your-seat performance from their electric cars. Saleen may have a history of tuning Mustangs and other muscle cars, but its obvious that they see the same thing in the Tesla as I do; the beginning new era of American performance cars. The wild popularity of the Tesla also no doubt helped Saleen decide to jump on the EV bandwagon.
No release date for the Saleen tuned Tesla, though I expect concept sketches to follow in a few weeks, followed by the first physical concept. As if I needed *another* reason to want a Tesla Model S.