While Saleen Automotive is well-known for building some of the best American tuner cars on the market, ranging from Challengers, to Mustangs, and Camaros, the company has announced that it will build a specially-tuned Tesla Model S.
Tesla mentioned it was working on development of an all-electric Saleen car based on an existing electric vehicle, and the Model S seems an appropriate choice given American-owned Tesla’s unique combination of technology, performance, and luxury. CEO Steve Saleen promised last December that people can “Throw out [their] preconceived notions and expectations. This vehicle will be revolutionary in aesthetics and mechanics.”
The existing performance-trim Tesla Model S P85, which we recently saw out-drag a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51, is already quite swift off the line thanks to its 416-hp all-electric drivetrain. All 443 lb-ft of torque an be directed to the rear wheels at 0 rpm, making the Tesla Model S a zero-emissions speed demon. Neither Tesla nor Saleen has come forward with a release date for the Saleen Tesla Model S, but a spec sheet showing some of Saleen’s planned modifications is on the way.
"I fully intend to produce one of the most compelling Tesla's to ever hit the roadway," said Saleen in a Tesla statement.
The question now is how Saleen will achieve the bonkers-level performance increase we expect from them with our 2013 Automobile of the Year. Modified aerodynamics? Bigger electric motors? Greater use of lightweight materials? Let us know in the comments what you think Saleen will to do get the most out of the Tesla Model S.