ex-Saab engineers power Volvo C30 racer

It seems Volvo Motorsport are teaming up with AVL to develop their race car for the Swedish Touring Car Championship in 2009.
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AVL are a global engineering company based in Graz, Austria.
In October 2008, GM Powertrain Europe sold it’s facilities in Södertälje to AVL. The sale included the site, the buildings and the employees working there. These guys were working on the next generation of biofuel and turbocharged four cylinder engines for GM Powertrain Europe, work which moved to Trollhattan after the sale.
Now, less than a year later, they’re advancing development of a Volvo C30 biofuel race car.
The Googletrans from Polestar:

Volvo Motorsport Division and AVL have recently entered into a partnership based around Volvo STCC projects. The cooperation covers the 2009 season and is based both on technical and commercial elements.
……Our goal is not only to win the STCC but also to develop our C30 DRIVE racing the world’s best racing cars in the FIA’s Super 2000 regulations. It is AVL with their skills and their products [who are] an ideal partner for us and our ambitions,” says Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Car Corporation.
AVL is the world’s largest independent company for the development of combustion engines and transmissions. The company was founded in 1948 and is based in Graz, Austria. AVL develops and sells advanced measurement and analytical equipment to the automotive industry. The group consists of nearly 5000 employees as part of a global network of development and test resources.
Operations in Sweden include the testing of engines, vehicles and gearboxes, south of Stockholm and Södertälje.
With a position at the forefront of engine development AVL has a long tradition of cooperating with and helping racing teams to success worldwide, especially in Formula 1.

It’s a little sad to see what are essentially ex-Saab guys working with the other side, but I hope they go well and the car comes in a very close second to the Saab Performance 9-3 in the STCC this year.
I’m sure there’ll be plenty of friendly banter and backslapping in the pits, whichever way the results go.
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Thanks Jörgen!!!

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