Saleen Tackles the Tesla: New Suspension, Aerodynamics Are in Order

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Steve Saleen has made his name on taking Ford (NYSE:F) Mustangs, already high-performance vehicles (especially the models that he works with), and turning them into racing-driven, higher-performance asphalt-eaters. Saleen and his team also branched into other nameplates — Camaros, Challengers — and supercars built from the ground up, like the S7 of Bruce Almighty fame. Saleen also played a role in developing the latest Ford GT. For his most recent project, none of that really matters.

Back in October on the sidelines of the Los Angeles Auto Show, Saleen dropped the rumor that he and his firm were working in an electric car. Though chided by reporters at the time for revealing such hints and then walking away from it with no further elaboration, he remained mute on the subject until just recently, when an official press release from Saleen revealed that he was working on a Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S, arguably one of the most disruptive forces on the auto industry in recent memory.

“Tesla’s values are not a departure from our core values of elite power, style, and performance. I have admired their craftsmanship,” Saleen said in the release. “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.”

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