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Even while running the Grand Am GTO title winning Mustang SR , long time Ford tuner Steve Saleen decided that his next project would not be a Ford upgrade, but a thourougbred Sportscar, one buildt from a clean sheet of paper.

In the 2001 the S7-R made its debut in the Daytona 24hrs. Constructed by British Sportscar stalwarth Ray Mallock Ltd, the car prooved it had the potential to take the fight to the Corvettes and the Vipers.

Its mid engined alimunium V8 and full carbon chassis design, moved the goalpost in GT racing. Many feared that the car would eliminate all opposition, but although the Saleen usually fared well in Qualifying, the S7R race performance was always handicapped by the restriction penalties Saleen got for failing the minimum required production numbers.

After its initial season Saleen stepped back to let customers teams run the S7R in FIA and ALMS championships. Its biggest succes came by the hands of German Konrad Motorsports who took a class victory in the 2001 Sebring 12 hrs.

With the FIA and ACO continuing their efforts to streamlinew their regulations it looks like the Saleen will finally be released from the restrictor/weight penalties that burdened its performance in the past 2 years. At the 2004 FIA GT Monza pre season test a S7R topped the time sheets, according the Franz Konrad reliability issues have been dealt with so this could be saleens year.

Saleen SR7 Konrad (LM 2003):
Length: 4770 mm, Width: 1990 mm, Height: 1040 mm, Wheelbase: 2700 mm Tyres:Pirelli P Zéro 275/30 R 19 & 355/25 R 19 , Wheels OZ 12x18 & 13x18
Models for Saleen S7R
Manufacturer Model Scale Dimensions (LxWxH) Wheelbase Front spur Rear spur
Cursa Models Vitaphone FIAGT 2004 1/24 99.9x82.5x40.0 99.9 81.0 82.5
Cursa Models Saleen SR7 MRW Spanish GT 2006 1/24 99.9x82.5x40.0 99.9 81.0 82.5
Scale Production Saleen SR7 1/24 0.0x0.0x0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

The Saleen SR7will be Scaleproductions first CAD/CAM projectLike LMM and Spark Models,mr Michael Graber has taken the next step from "artisan" modeller into the realm of digitized modelling.
3d modelling is now in the final stages, with the Saleen master being laser cut in the coming month. Studying the CAD drawing it is most likely that the SR7 will have at least one opening door (like the F550) and full cockpit detail. A limited run of slotkits is to be expected, and with the digital master count on it that it will be true to scale. As most Scaleproduction kits are Le Mans orientated most likely release date will be mid 2007 with at least some LM and ALMS decals.
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