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After over 20 years of professional racing, Steve Saleen left his life of grid-starts behind to start SMS Supercars. The company works exclusively with the best American muscle on sale today (Mustang, Camaro and Challenger) and takes them to the next level with power, suspension and aesthetic upgrades. The retro designs from the big 3 has done a great job of keeping domestic gear-heads happy, but SMS ‘ work really makes you drool. Their newest gift is the 2010 SMS 460 Mustang, a modified version of the 2010 Ford Mustang GT.
Before you write it off as another GT with some trim upgrades and loud mufflers, consider this: only 25 will be built. They only made 500 Alfa 8Cs, and I have only seen 1 on the street. So the odds of you seeing another SMS 460 are slimmer than Nicole Ritchie’s pinky (think wire coat hanger).
For almost 30 years, Steve Saleen has been building fast cars. Recently, he launched SMS Supercars, a full-service coach-building shop that takes new muscle cars (like the Challenger, Mustang, or Camaro), adds aero parts, suspension and horsepower and sells them as their own turnkey solutions. His work seems to be only getting better. SMS’s Challenger 570 is one of the best looking Challengers I’ve ever seen, new or old. Well, finally Steve Saleen is going to share how he went so fast with the rest of the world through his retail division SMS Superparts.
Steve Saleen has had great success in the motorsports world, ever since first starting Saleen Autosport in 1983. The first car he built was a Mustang, and its first test was the grueling 24 hour endurance race at Mosport, which it won. He went on to build the incredible Saleen S7, one of my favorite super cars of all time.
Saleen has unveiled a new concept called the S5S Raptor, an American street vehicle designed to compete with those Italian exotics that just keep getting better and better. What better way than to slap in a super-charged V8 capable of 650 horsepower. The 5.0 liter engine also puts out a ridiculous 630 lb.-ft of torque. All of this is accomplished using ethanol based E85 which, according to Saleen, provides greater compression and more horsepower than its pure gas based brethren.