Saleen Automotive has launched the Saleen Cup, a five-event, arrive-and-drive race series designed to demonstrate the capabilities of its recently-announced Saleen 1, a 450 horsepower turbocharged 2.2-liter, four-cylinder, mid-engine sports car.
More details on the car include a Hollinger six-speed sequential gearbox, Ohlins dampers, TM Performance racing brakes, Sparco seat, and full FIA-certified roll cage and fuel cell. Previously, Saleen had developed the S7 Ford V8 powered supercar that had competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in S7R guise.
The Saleen Cup is being presented in partnership with SRO Motorsports Group, and will run on the same weekends as the Blancpain GT World Challenge America. The single-make series invites drivers to be among the first in the world to experience the Saleen 1 on five iconic race tracks across the US.
Saleen Automotive, based on Corona, CA claims that this the first-ever professional quality “arrive-and-drive” series. Because of its power-to-weight ratio the Saleen 1, the Saleen Cup is open to standard “D” licensed drivers, and offers a distinct professional-level racing experience, in equally prepared cars that are maintained in-house, including back-up cars, plus transportation to each race event.
The Saleen Cup also features two racer teams, which can split the cost for participants and offer more affordable racing opportunities. At the conclusion of the five-race series, category champions in the Saleen Cup will secure a factory seat driving in Saleen’s GT4 entry for the entire 2020 season.
Newly-hired Gabriele Cadringher will serve as Saleen’s director of motorsports and oversee the Saleen Cup. The former technical director and consultant for the FIA and Grand-Am will use the five-race events to further hone the track capabilities of the Saleen 1.
The Saleen Cup will consist of five races scheduled for the second half of the Blancpain GT World Challenge America series, and will kicks off at Sonoma Raceway June 7-9, 2019. The remainder of the races will be held at Portland International Raceway, Watkins Glen, Road America, and end in Las Vegas in October.
Drivers who are able to compete in the five races through October 20 are now being actively recruited.
More information on the Saleen Cup is available at www.SaleenCup.com.