2003 “2 Fast 2 Furious”/ 2003 Saleen S281

A 2003 Saleen S281 was a minor car featured in 2003 blockbuster “2 Fast 2 Furious”. A car was Was destroyed in a truck with plaster in highway scene. It looks like a 2001 Mustang Saleen S281, with a 4.6L supercharged V8 bringing out about 375 hp. One of the three is being auctioned off at the Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, Florida between January 17-26, 2014.

2003 Saleen S281, 2 Fast 2 Furious 2003

The car was originally manufactured by Saleen for R&D on the new “Extreme” model that was slated for production beginning in 2002. It was originally painted “Speedlab Yellow”, a Saleen custom color, and then numbered 02-0002E for use as a Saleen press vehicle. After its tour, it was one of three Saleens remanufactured for Universal Studios for use in “2 Fast 2 Furious” and repainted Lizstick Red. The roll bar, camera mounts and “Year One” log on the back window were installed by Universal Studios.

2003 Saleen S281, 2 Fast 2 Furious 2003

At the completion of filming the cars were returned to Saleen. This 11,995 mile S281 sports Ford’s versatile 4.6L SOHC V-8 with special fuel calibration, underdrive pulleys and a performance exhaust system that gives the S281 its authoritative roar at full throttle. Upgraded with a Saleen Series IV Lysholm twin screw supercharger and 2½ -inch exhaust, the car cranks out a ripping 375 HP with the attached power flash, an almost 100 HP increase over the naturally aspirated version; behind that is a quick-shifting 6-speed manual and heavy duty rear end.

The chassis is equal to the task of making that power work, with Saleen Racecraft suspension, 18-inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tires and slotted and vented 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.

2003 Saleen S281, 2 Fast 2 Furious 2003

As with all Saleens, this excellent example features an engine bay plaque and serialized console plaque that verify its authenticity as a true Saleen vehicle. It is also listed in the Saleen Registry and documented with a letter from Saleen chronicling the car’s history and use.

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