American high performance sports car producer Saleen have given a public debut to their GT4 specification concept car, set to go into production 'soon'.
Having been a major player in GT racing during the GT1 era of the FIA GT Championship back in the mid 2000's, Saleen have pitched themselves back into mainstream top level endurance racing today, showing off their S1 inspired GT4 concept vehicle at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
According to the press release that accompanied the announcement, the new GT4 machine will feature "distinct changes from the standard production model Saleen 1, including updates designed to comply with GT4 series specifications". With the GT4 series regulations ensuring cars closely match their road going counterparts, performance manufacturers such as Saleen are starting to gather plenty of interest in the category, quickly establishing the class as one of the most exciting and rapidly growing series in the endurance racing landscape.
With the new S1 based GT4 concept, Saleen have made some minor changes to the road car, with "updates to the car’s front splitter and fenders, plus new advanced rear diffuser to improve aerodynamics. Per GT4 specifications, a large rear wing is included to add maximum downforce and traction. Saleen’s GT4 concept car also offers front and rear anti-lock braking systems and other GT4-specific equipment". So it should be pretty quick..!
“We developed the Saleen 1 to be fully capable on the track and easily adapt to racing applications,” said Steve Saleen, CEO and founder of Saleen Automotive. “Our company was founded on racing DNA and the track is where we prove our reputation. We look forward to completing the homologation process with SRO and seeing these cars compete at GT4 events around the world.”
What do you think of the new machine? Excited to see it hit the racetrack in the near future
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