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 |  Jun 30 2013, 7:32 PM

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Now that the merger of SMS Signature Cars and the original Saleen Autosport has been completed, Saleen Automotive is looking forward to the future of bringing new, high-performance sports cars to the market.

With Steve Saleen back at the helm, Saleen Automotive has announced that it has raised around $3 million in investment funding and will begin selling aftermarket specialty parts and lifestyle accessories along with its vehicles. New versions of its existing products are in the pipeline, but so is a new-generation supercar and “high-performance electric vehicles targeting the zero-emissions segment,” according to Steve Saleen in a statement.

Though the American automaker didn’t elaborate on its supercar or EV plans, it’s likely it’ll revisit its S5S Raptor concept that debuted back in 2008. Back then, it was considered to be a spiritual successor to the S7.

[Source: Motor Authority]

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  • Turbofroggy

    If they really are serious about an EV supercar, they should buy drivetrains from Tesla to retrofit with. Can you imagine a Saleen S7 with twin all wheel drive electric motors for a total of 830HP and almost 900 ft-lb of torque available at 0 rpm? OMG…

  • Admittedly Biased

    If they are really, really serious, they would do very, very well to buy or license drive systems from AC Propulsion – which is what Tesla did, in the beginning. Martin Eberhard was inspired by driving one of ACP’s TZero vehicles – you can see these outrun Vipers and Corvettes and others on YouTube.. Tesla’s motor and controller still contain the basics of ACP’s founders’ original design.