The Saleen S7 is a mystifying car, a $375,000 American mid-engine supercar that sprung up out of nowhere in the year 2000. But what if it wasn’t exactly nowhere? Acting on a tip, I spent months trying to figure out the S7’s true origins. And I’m still not sure what to think.
It's easy to forget that a century ago, gasoline-powered cars didn't completely dominate the automobile market. In 1900, roughly 40 percent of all cars sold in the U.S. were steam-powered. And in fact, when the Boston police bought one of the country's first cop cars in 1903 it was running on steam.
Remember the last time you got pulled over for speeding? The cop slowly walked up behind your car, gave you a lecture about how the rules keep us all safe, and then handed you a ticket for a gajillion dollars.