Steve Saleen, founder and CEO of Saleen Automotive, began racing professionally in the ’70s and continued what would be a storied and successful career as both a driver and team owner for the better part of three decades. As an auto manufacturer, Saleen’s companies are known for having built some of the coolest cars and trucks on the road, including engineering,developing, and assembling the legendary 2005-to-2006 Ford GT. Saleen has also built one of the winningest supercars of all time, the S7. For those of us who don’t want to drop a cool million on an S7 but still desire a Saleen in the driveway, Steve’s current company, Saleen Automotive, constructs a line of custom Fords that are hard to beat.
While Mustangs are cool, and Saleen Automotive has built a lot of them, the company’s 2019 Sportruck is far and away our favorite. It’s based on the popular Ford F-150 platform, and customers can choose from four differentpower levels, starting with enhanced 2.7L (340 hp and 410 lb-ft) and 3.5L (350 hp and 450 lb-ft) EcoBoost V-6 engines, a naturally aspirated 5.0L (415 hp and 420 lb-ft) V-8, or a supercharged 5.0L (700 hp and 600 lb-ft) V-8. The Sportruck comes standard as a single cab but can be ordered in either SuperCab or SuperCrew as well.
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January - February 2020