Tesla-based 2014 Saleen Foursixteen unveiled at Pebble Beach

Tesla-based 2014 Saleen Foursixteen unveiled at Pebble Beach image

Text: / Photos: Saleen | posted August 19, 2014 08:10

A tuned Tesla Model S with a refined interior finish

Specialty high performance sports car manufacturer Saleen recently unveiled the 2014 Saleen Foursixteen, a performance derivative of the Tesla Model S during this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The front end of the car has been reworked by Saleen and is now equipped with aero management vents that help maintain a low-pressure field during acceleration. The V-shaped hood not only produces down force across the front end of the car, but also directs heat away from the cooling system of the car. At the rear, a decklid-mounted spoiler and diffuser assures high down force delivery.

Rear end shot of the Saleen Foursixteen

Inside, the car is adorned in leather while the dashboard is accented with carbon fiber. The front and rear seats are full bucket seats that are covered in black leather and contrasted with perforated leather and Alcantara suede inlays. A new center console has been designed and provides added storage and cup holders.

Interior shot of the Saleen Foursixteen

Under the hood is a 3-phase, four pole AC induction motor and copper rotor that is equipped with Saleen’s drivetrain upgrade that gives the car a 11.39:1 final drive ratio, which provides better acceleration. An additional upgrade for the Foursixteen is the MAXGRIPTM locking differential system that enables each wheel to easily apply rotational force that maximizes grip in a performance environment. The cooling system also receives an upgrade and is composed of a larger volume radiator, uprated cooling fans and a high flow water pump that ensures optimal temperatures.

The suspension of the Foursixteen now brandishes a Saleen specific S4 track-tuned suspension. It is comprised of a monotube coilover that works together with a sway bar setup that enables better handling without sacrificing ride quality. Clients can also opt for the suspension system to be fully adjustable, which grants users to set up the car for a track day and then revert back to road settings. The Stability Control System underwent a track tested performance software upgrade. The car now corners better and is able to maintain power even as traction and vehicle weight distribution fluctuates.

Side profile of the Saleen Foursixteen

In helping the car stop better, Saleen has equipped the front axle with 14-inch 2-piece aluminum hat vented disc rotors with multi-piston calipers and performance brake pads. An optional upgrade is the carbon ceramic braking system that delivers better stopping power and weighs lighter on the car.

The MSRP of the car will start at USD 152,000 (around PHP 6.6 million) and will include a 4-year/ 80,000km warranty that matches the Tesla’s original warranty. For those that want to upgrade their Tesla Model S, components from the Foursixteen production car will also be available for the stock Model S.