Saleen S5S Raptor

Published: 20 March 2008

Saleen is best known for its red-hot Mustangs, but at New York it revealed an American supercar concept to rival the Europeans. Its S5S Raptor is around the same size as a Ferrari 430, and should be close to the same price, but boasts 175bhp more. It’s powered by a Saleen-built supercharged 6.0-litre V8, that will run on ethanol (like an increasing number of race cars).

Saleen has recently bought ASC, a well respected Detroit styling house, and it’s used the Raptor to show off ASC’s roof-length all-glass electric sunroof, also offered on the production Mustang.

Iconic racer and team owner Dan Gurney was on hand to launch the Raptor and Saleen’s Dan Gurney Signature Edition Mustang, featuring Gurney Eagle-style graphics in red, white or blue.