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Saleen S7-R GT1 With 7.0L Windsor V8 Sounds Absolutely Demonic: Video

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For a brief moment in time in the early 2000s, the Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo was the hot supercar to have. With a 750-horsepower twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter Ford Windsor V8 that enabled a 0-60 mph time of just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of nearly 250 mph, it was faster than just about anything else on the road.

The Steve Saleen-conceived supercar also had a successful racing history, with the Saleen S7-R GT1 taking numerous class wins in both American Le Mans Series and European Le Mans Series competition. The GT1-spec race car competed from 2001 all the way up until the final year of GT1 in 2010, when an Oreca-built Saleen S7-R GT1 won its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the hands of Larbre Competition.

via Italian Supercar Video on YouTube

The GT1-spec Saleen S7 was powered by a naturally aspirated version of the same 7.0-liter Windsor V8 that powered the road-going S7 Twin-Turbo. The road car sent power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual, but the GT1 car tapped a race-spec sequential transmission.

YouTube channel Italian Supercar Video recently caught up with one of these former customer Saleen S7-R GT1s at the recent Nürburgring AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in Germany. The Saleen S7-R GT1 is only really suitable for vintage racing these days, so a video like this is your best opportunity to see this unique American race car in action – unless you happen to live near a race track that hosts vintage race events, of course.

via Italian Supercar Video on YouTube

Check out the video embedded above to see and hear this hairy chested American race car and its massive 7.0-liter Windsor V8 in action.

Source: Italian Supercar Video on YouTube

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