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Saleen's Twin-Turbo Hydrogen Supercar Prototype: A Game-Changer for American Automaking

20 Jun 2024
  • How does Saleen Automotive's partnership with Solution F reflect its evolving strategy and future vision for transportation?
  • What unique features and performance advantages does Solution F's bring to Saleen's new hydrogen-powered supercar?
  • How does Saleen's twin-turbo hydrogen supercar prototype reflect their commitment to merging sustainability with high-performance automotive engineering?

Remember Saleen? The name that once epitomized American supercar prowess with its iconic S7 has been relatively quiet since its last original vehicle rolled off the production line in 2009. However, Saleen is back in the spotlight with an audacious plan that could redefine automotive performance: a twin-turbo hydrogen supercar prototype, set to debut in the United States later this year.

The Resurgence of Saleen

The Resurgence of Saleen

Saleen Automotive, known for its bespoke modifications and limited production runs of high-performance vehicles, has partnered with French engine manufacturer Solution F to develop this cutting-edge hydrogen-powered sports car. This collaboration marks a significant shift for Saleen, moving beyond its traditional focus on gasoline-powered muscle cars and its recent foray into the Chinese market with the Saleen 1.

Steve Saleen, founder of Saleen Automotive, expressed his vision for the future of transportation in a recent press release, stating, "We believe the long-term solution for transportation will be multi-faceted where hydrogen and synthetic fuels are the future in environmentally friendly engines, while still offering the ultimate in performance and traditional fueling convenience."

The Technology Behind the Prototype

The Technology Behind the Prototype

Details on Saleen's hydrogen-powered supercar are currently sparse, but it's confirmed to be equipped with one of Solution F's advanced hydrogen-burning twin-turbocharged V-6 engines. Solution F, renowned for its expertise in developing low-volume drivetrain technologies, including hydrogen combustion engines, brings decades of experience in motorsport and sustainable transportation to the table.

Solution F's Track Record and Expertise

Solution F's Track Record and Expertise

Solution F's portfolio includes pioneering work in hydrogen propulsion, notably with their Foenix H2 hydrogen race car. This vehicle, powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter hydrogen V-8, showcases the company's capability in integrating hydrogen technologies into high-performance engines. Designed to emit only water vapor and minimal nitrogen oxides, the Foenix H2 exemplifies Solution F's commitment to sustainable mobility solutions.

According to Saleen, the prototype of their hydrogen sports car is expected to be unveiled towards the end of 2024. This ambitious project signifies a bold leap into the future of automotive engineering for Saleen, aiming to combine environmental sustainability with uncompromising performance—a hallmark of the Saleen brand.

As the automotive industry continues to evolve towards more sustainable practices, Saleen's venture into hydrogen combustion technology represents a pivotal moment. The upcoming debut of their twin-turbo hydrogen supercar prototype promises to captivate enthusiasts and industry experts alike, demonstrating the potential for hydrogen as a viable alternative to traditional fuels in high-performance vehicles.

Stay tuned as Saleen prepares to unveil what could be a game-changing addition to the supercar landscape, bringing American innovation back into the spotlight with a vehicle that blends cutting-edge technology with the thrill of pure performance.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

ASTON MARTIN VALKYRIE AMR-LMH HYPERCAR HITS THE TRACK

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The new Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR-LMH has hit the track for the first time, as Aston Martin with The Heart of Racing begins a comprehensive testing programme ahead of the British ultra-luxury sportscar brand’s bid to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright next year and for the first time since 1959.

The new Hypercar, developed by Aston Martin Performance Technologies and works team The Heart of Racing, completed a shakedown and initial evaluation testing in the UK this week, The car was driven by Aston Martin High Performance development driver Darren Turner (GBR), The Heart of Racing’s Mario Farnbacher (DEU) and Harry Tincknell (GBR), who won the LMGTE class of the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans with Aston Martin.

Aston Martin with The Heart of Racing will now commence a full development schedule to prepare the car ahead of FIA homologation in the autumn and its competitive debut in early 2025. The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR-LMH is the first racing car to be built to Hypercar regulations to contest both the FIA World Endurance Championship [WEC] and the US-based IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship [IMSA] simultaneously.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR-LMH is unique in the top Hypercar class of global endurance motorsport in that it is the only one among its contemporaries to derive its roots from an existing production-based extreme performance car – Aston Martin Valkyrie, the ultimate hypercar. Works team The Heart of Racing will enter two Valkyrie AMR-LMH contenders in WEC and a single car in IMSA in 2025.

Adam Carter, Aston Martin Head of Endurance Motorsport, said: “The Valkyrie AMR-LMH sets its own standard as a thoroughbred endurance competition car. It is a pure, leading edge racing machine, and while it is very early in the testing cycle, from what we have witnessed so far, we are satisfied that it is achieving the targets and criteria we have set out for it to accomplish.”

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