Saleen used the occasion of the race-fueled Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to announce its new Heritage Collection Lineup. The event was punctuated with the debut of the collection’s first member, the 2014 Saleen George Follmer Edition Mustang.
Follmer’s name will likely sound familiar to fans of American racing in the 1960s and ’70s. The driver competed in Formula One with the Shadow team in 1973, ran the Indianapolis 500, was the Can-Am champion in 1972 and drove stock cars in NASCAR‘s Winston Cup as well. The multi-disciplined driver is now one of three -the other two being Mark Donohue and Swede Savage – with the honor of upcoming, limited edition Saleen-tuned vehicles..
Follmer’s name will likely sound familiar to fans of American racing in the 1960s and ’70s.
Wearing a tri-colored livery, 302 badges and no lack of scoops and louvers, the GF Edition car is instantly recognizable as a product of the Saleen styling department. The looks draw inspiration from Follmer’s 1969 Boss 302 racecar, which was displayed on stage right alongside the new machine. The 19-inch, Minilite-style wheels help sell the retro looks, and are actually carryover items (or very similar) from Saleen products we’ve seen in the past.
Functionally, the GF’s 302 V8 will be pushing out something like 470 horsepower (still an estimated number) and is mated up to a six-speed manual transmission. The extra power is due to the addition of cold air intake, a new throttle body and, we’re guessing, a reflashed ECU. A race-tuned suspension with a watts linkage should keep the car pinned to the tarmac, as well. Expect an exhaust that will wake the neighbors to complete the can’t-miss-me vibe of the GF Edition car.
The Mustang was the star of the show today, but Saleen has plans to bring two more Heritage cars to market at well. A Swede Savage Edition Barracuda is in the works, as is a Mark Donohue Edition Camaro. The GF Edition Mustang is slated to arrive in the spring of 2014; Saleen is estimated a sticker price right around the $70,000 mark.
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Monterey: 2014 Saleen George Follmer Edition Mustang debuts at Laguna Seca