Re: Gillette's TV add car
From memory the Saleen S7 is the first car by Saleen to run an engine designed and built in house. Specs are as follows:
Type All-Aluminum V-8 2V cam-in-block
Displacement 7.0 liter
Bore and Stroke 4 1/8" x 4.0" (104.8 x 101.6 mm)
Connecting Rods EN40B billet steel
Crankshaft 4340 forged billet steel
Induction system Roof intake feeding twin 80mm mass air meters feeding carbon fiber plenum. Magnesium oval bore throttle body (longitudinally mounted). Intake manifold: magnesium w/ 8 individual runners.
Heads CNC machined all-aluminum Saleen high flow
Valves Stainless steel with titanium retainers. Intake: 2.125" (54.0mm). Exhaust: 1.625 " (41.3mm). Beryllium exhaust seats.
Valve train Hydraulic roller lifter/roller rocker
Exhaust System Stainless steel high flow with merge collector incorporating dual catalysts per cylinder bank and EGR system
Here's the clincher though!! Starts off as a Ford Block....GTHO engine anyone??
Saleen Designed Engine and Drive Train
The S7 engine and drive train are Saleen designed and incorporate modern racing motor technology and engineering. Saleen/Allen Speedlab race team engine builder, Bill Tally, is the engine’s designer. Based on a Ford-cast all aluminum block re-engineered by Saleen, the cam-in-block 7-litre motor generates 550 horsepower at 6400 rpm. Redline is 7000 rpm. The motor delivers 520 foot-pounds of torque at 4000 rpm. Space age materials and engineering are used throughout: magnesium throttle body and intake manifolds, carbon fiber induction system, stainless steel valves, titanium retainers, beryllium exhaust valve seats, ceramic coated stainless steel exhaust system, and race-derived all-aluminum CNC machined Saleen designed heads.