Saab touring car program put on ice

This is a project that’s been on the burner for a few years now. Unfortunately, those involved have been defeated by some prospective rule changes in 2012 that make the build inviable.

The Saab Dealer Team has decided to close down their planned programme for the Swedish Touring Car Championship.

“We are closing it down, there will not be anything of it,” said team boss Jan Warnestad to vf.se.

The team has completed a test program with a S2000 specification Saab 9-3, powered by a bio-gas engine. The plan was initially for the team to join the STCC for a full season in 2009, plans that has been postponed several times.

“The regulations makes it hard. It does not look like we are going to make it. You’ll never know what happens in the future, but as things are now we are closing it down,” said Warnestad.

That text and the following video are both provided by Touring Car Times.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDLzvmJ8hng

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I feel terrible for these guys. It’s been a long process for them and as you see in the video, they had made great strides.

It’s ironic that they’re being forced out by rule changes as Saab themselves suffered from this on several occasions. In fact, the original Saab Sonett was destined for racing until rule changes stopped all chance of production in significant numbers.

Me
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Me
5 years 9 months ago

As the S2000 specification will be replaced by the S1600T (don’t know if its called exactly this way), the engine chosen for the next gen 9-3 will allow to restart such programs in 2013.

Edis
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Edis
5 years 9 months ago

BMW is developing such a racing engine for Mini’s WRC plans so perhaps Saab can buy that engine and use it for touring car racing. If Saab help with the design and the build but then allow privateers to race the cars it doesn’t have to be that expensive.

The new regulations also doesn’t require a “stock block” engine, so it will be less about modifying a production engine and more about building a proper racing engine.

Phoenix
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Phoenix
5 years 9 months ago

Speaking of touringcars. I would really want to have my own touringcar everyday and this one would be a good buddy: It’s off for sale with some really nice Hirsch stuff in there. Maybe another engine staging later on.

Anders p
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Anders p
5 years 9 months ago

The regulations for 2012 will be mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive. A kind of DTM in Germany and is inspired by BTCC in UK.
This is as far away you can come from SAAB:s heritage and soul.

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