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Saleen Raptor news - Dinosaur king - 2008

Naming your latest supercar concept after
an angry, scythe-clawed dinosaur (or an angry, scythe-beaked bird of prey if
you’re of an ornithological bent) and painting it bright yellow sends out a
pretty clear message.

A message that goes something like: ‘Watch
out F430, watch out R8. You’re getting disembowelled like that game-hunter chap
from Jurassic Park.’

This is the S5S Raptor, the latest
supercar concept from American firm Saleen. A mid-engined two-seater built
around a five-litre V8, the Raptor is a properly sorted-looking effort from a
company better known for hotting up big Fords.

That V8 sounds a bit special. Running on
E85 bioethanol - making it green, sort of - and featuring a twin-screw
supercharger, it delivers a massive 650bhp and 630lb ft of torque to the rear
wheels. That’ll propel the Raptor to 60mph in a scant 3.2 seconds and on to a
top speed over 200mph - comfortably quicker than just about any supercar short
of the Veyron.

“The Raptor is a work of art aimed to
take your breath away,” says Saleen manager Marques McCammon, a man not
short on a quotable line or two. “It is aggressive and sexy at the same

Although the Raptor is a concept at
present, the guys at Saleen say it could enter production within two years with
prices starting around $185,000! so long as the public like it. Well, public,
do you like it? We’ll give you a hint. You do.

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