Published on April 17th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


Saleen Tesla Model S — Pictures & Details

April 17th, 2014 by  

Originally published on Gas2.


Following up on the sketch released on Molly Saleen’s Facebook page come more pictures and details about the upcoming Saleen Tesla Model S. This is the first attempt by Saleen add their own flair to an electric vehicle, and these latest pictures fill in the details. Carbon ceramic brakes and a carbon fiber rear diffuser are just of the few new features Saleen plans to add to the Model S, but still no word on performance.

As deduced from an earlier sketch, the Saleen Model S gets a new “aero management” package designed to improve airflow around the EV. This is an indirect way of improving both effieicny and performance without having to delve into the electric drivetrain. Carbon ceramic brake pads are generally reserved for trackday use, as they can stand excessive heat during prolonged races better.

Throw in some signature Saleen wheels, carbon fiber decklid trim, and a special Orange County Orange paintjob, and you’ve got an even faster-looking electric luxury sedan. The thesis for this project is a four-door futuristic supercar, and while the interior remains mostly untouched, the Saleen symbol is emblazoned on all four headrests as Saleen is want to do.


Beyond that though, Saleen is remaining mum on any performance enhancements. As I suggested yesterday, grippier tires could improve handling and acceleration. Combined with better aerodynamics, perhaps Saleen Model S can get its 0 to 60 MPH time down to just 3.5 seconds, faster even than the Tesla Roadster. There’s only so much faster you can go from there, though the Roadster successor is said to push the envelope on performance.

Seems like Tesla is disrupting the aftermarket auto industry too, and it’s good to have a guy like Steve Saleen on the right side of history. Because at the end of the day, a cool, fast car is still a cool, fast car, and having Saleen modifying the Model S might give some doubters second thoughts.

Saleen is a guy who’s been around cars for a long time, and if he thinks there’s something to the Tesla Model S, then it must be something special.

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Source: Saleen Facebook page

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  • GKG2014

    How in the hell do all these articles get by without spell chekc?

    • Bob_Wallace

      Exce[tonal skill.

  • ManInJapan

    Do want, but please do some proofreading. Your credibility as a journalist takes a hit with the number of spelling and grammatical errors in this article.

    Or does no-one actually give a shit about writing anymore?

  • Patrick


  • awdrifter

    Drop the GT500’s V8 in it then I’m interested.

  • Seth Hale

    Saleen made the right move with the front end – showcasing an almost-grill-free nose. Looks like a Porche. That stock black plastic fake grill on the Tesla is just silly.

    Hopefully they will also make the right move with the interior – properly bolstered seats. The Tesla doesn’t have enough support in its seats now. Gripper tires and stiffer suspension bits will make that problem even worse.

  • Matt

    OMG, big news!!! Saw my first Cincinnati Tesla last night, a sexy red one. Now remember as Mark Twain said, he wanted to be in Cincinnati when the world ended because everything gets here 10 years later. We don’t have the massive charger additions like on the coasts. I was so amazed, I didn’t think to check the plates (I was driving after all) so maybe it was a “drive by”. But for Tesla to be here means they are into the “conservative mainstream”.

    • Bob_Wallace

      I’m seeing stuff in the news about conservatives embracing Tesla. (As they should. Made in America.)

      I doubt Elon suspected that along with destroying the “EVs are low range glorified golf carts” attitude that he would also chip away at the conservative hate of electric hippie cars.

      • QKodiak

        I’m a conservative, and I don’t confuse the politics with the tech. I’m an EV fanatic because they are just better.

    • Albertico

      I saw a Tesla in Tennessee about 2 months ago so i can vouch for you. TN plates too

      • Jesse Gomez

        I see 5 Tesla cars on average every day, but never really get bored seeing them. I live in San Diego.

  • A Real Libertarian

    Saleen Tesla Model S…

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