Although it is widely known for its customized muscle cars, Saleen decided to look into the future and upgraded a Tesla Model S. Dubbed Saleen Foursixteen, the customized electric vehicle was unveiled this weekend at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
As you can see from the photos, the Tesla Model S was heavily modified and comes with a new aerodynamic kit consisting of a new front fascia with large air intakes, new side sills as well as a new rear trunk spoiler and a redesigned rear bumper that includes a carbon fiber air diffuser.
Propelling the Saleen Foursixteen is the 3-phase, four pole AC induction motor and copper rotter that comes with an upgraded Saleen drivetrain including a new 11.39:1 final gear ratio for quicker acceleration. In addition, there is a Saleen specific Maxgriptm locking differential that maximizes grip.
Thanks to the new Saleen high-efficiency drivetrain cooling system, the electric motor cooling is now more productive. There is also a new Saleen specific S4 track-calibrates suspension system that includes a monotube coilover that works in conjunction with an S4 sway bar setup in order to increase cornering agility.
Saleen brakes were installed two and the system includes 14-inch 2-piece aluminum hat vented rotors and multi-piston front calipers with performance brake pads. Carbon ceramic brakes are available as an option.
The brakes are hidden behind the new wheels. Open the doors and you will see the carbon fiber dash accents, black and white leader as well as Alcantara suede inlays.
If you want to buy a Saleen Foursixteen based on the Tesla Model S you’d better know that it doesn’t come cheap: the vehicle starts at $152,000 for the complete vehicle which includes the base P85 Model S sedan.
Still, thanks to the state and federal EV incentives which can range from $7,000 and $15,000 you will get the vehicle cheaper. For example, a California resident can buy it for $142,000.
Indeed, the new Tesla Model S represents advances in automotive engineering. This all-electric sedan – the first in the world -- combines performance, safety and efficiency. It continues to evolve with over-the-air software updates, and boasts of having the longest range among electric vehicles and the highest possible safety ratings.
The California-based carmaker built the new Model S on the Tesla platform, which allowed the all-electric sedan to have a battery located on the floor as well as an electric powertrain sitting beneath it. This configuration gave the new Tesla Model S a very low center of gravity, which doesn’t just minimize the risk of rollover, but also enhances its handling and performance. Sans any engine, the new Model S features a crumple zone larger than other performance sedans. This means that it has better capability to absorb the energy of a frontal collision.
This high level of safety offered by the new Tesla Model S has been proven by the ratings – the highest possible – awarded by the NHTSA in the United States and Euro NCAP in Europe. It has also been proven by its record of the lowest chances of occupant injury as tested in the US.
Moreover, the new Model S boasts of a number of standard active safety elements (such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, collision warning and blind spot detection) and an array of optional convenience features (autosteer, autopark, summon and traffic-aware cruise control).