The first company to give Tesla's Model S battery-powered sedan a styling and performance makeover has stepped up: It's Saleen Automotive Inc. of Corona, Calif., run by famed Mustang modifier Steve Saleen.
The company announced last year that it would enter the electric-vehicle market. Details are still scarce, but Saleen has released a few renderings that suggest what it plans to do with the Model S: bigger wheels and tires, a different front fascia, a new hood and a spoiler.
Steve Saleen says the first vehicles will be available this summer. It's likely customers will buy a Model S from Tesla Motors, then ship it to Saleen for the modifications. That's the system in place for Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros and Dodge Challengers.
Saleen, which has never modified an electric car, says performance will be enhanced but gave no details.