SAABs in Motorsport 2014

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Photo: Team Per Eklund Motorsport

In the last two weeks, agreements have become clear that means we will see SAABs in two different motorsport championships.

The first announcement came early in April, then it become clear that the Swedish driver Ramona Karlsson will be driving for Team Per Eklund Motorsport in this years FIA World Rallycross Champrionship (World RX). THis is the first female driver in the Supercar class, and at this moment it’s decided that she will drive 7 of 12 rounds. She will of course be at the start line in Höljes (Sweden) the first weekend in July, and the work is in progress for that she maybe can drive more then the 7 rounds that already decided. Henning Solberg from Norway is the secound driver in Team Per Eklund Motorsport.

The Supercar class is the most extreme class in Rallycross, cars have a 1.6- or a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with around 600hp. All engines that the original vehicle manufacturer has delivered in the actual model can be used as a base for building a supercar-engine, there is no standard engine in this class that everyone has to use. The car goes from 0-100 in around 2 seconds, and of course they have all-wheel drive and a sequential manual gearbox. Every car in the 2.0-litre class have to at least weight 1320kg including the driver.

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Photo: PWR Racing Team

This week it also become clear that NEVS initiates collaboration with PWR Racing Team in the STCC (Swedish Touring Car Championship). In a press release the team manager at PWR, Daniel Haglöf, says “- I am absolutely delighted that we have been chosen to run the 9-3 and represent Nevs in STCC. We both have a vision for collaboration and a shared vision of what we expect in the season.” The other owner of PWR Racing Team, Peter “Poker” Wallenberg jr, is also enthusiastic about this; “- Both Nevs and PWR are young company and we now want to help each other grow.”

Presentation of who’s going to drive the cars will be later in April.
“- It is an interesting driver line-up, this much I can say, and one of the reasons why we want to be involved in this venture, says Jonas Hernqvist, sales and marketing director at NEVS.”

 

 

Personally I think it’s exciting that NEVS choose to corporate with a motorsport team, but probably we can’t expect it to be like the time with the factory-team (where Per Eklund had great success in the 70’s), but a cooperation is good, and obviously a great way for NEVS to show up.

E in DC
Member
2 years 5 months ago

I think this also speaks well to continued investment in internal combustion engines on the part of NEVS. After all, these aren’t electric cars that they’re going to race with.

Saabgun
Member
2 years 5 months ago

It’s great to see the rally tradition picked up again with Saab, the drivers last name is promissing too.
I hope Saabs glory in rally will return

Patrik H
Member
2 years 5 months ago

In my opinion, this is possibly the best evidence we have seen of NEVS’ enthusiasm for the Saab brand and its proud heritage.

Things seem to be gaining momentum……

Dan P
Member
2 years 5 months ago

I agree, this is fantastic – more please! A bit of heritage racing would be great to see too, but the pinnacle would be a future AWD Saab in WRC – maybe a future 9-2!

Also be great to see an electric Saab take to Talladega to set some more records 🙂

Angelo V.
Member
2 years 5 months ago

Here here, an electric rally. 72 hours of Daytona. LMAO. I want to work with the pit crew. I’m lightning fast at unplugging the charging cable—-two seconds tops. The pit stop will only take 9 hours and 2 seconds.

LateSaab
Member
2 years 5 months ago

Actually, an electric endurance race using battery swap pit stops might be pretty entertaining; no engine noise would be a bummer no matter what, though.

Joe
Guest
2 years 5 months ago

I think Angelo heard Rachel Pang would be part of the pit-crew….

Angelo V.
Member
2 years 5 months ago

My offer to take Ms. Pang out to dinner still stands.

Joe
Guest
2 years 5 months ago

I’ll put in a good word for you, Angelo!

Dan P
Member
2 years 5 months ago

haha, boo hiss!

There will be an electric rally in due course, i’m sure. Nothing wrong with being at the top of that game when there is!

I’d be more than happy with an Aero-X Hybrid-Electric at Le Mans, too. Obviously!

ahlis
Member
2 years 5 months ago

Gogo Ramona and Daniel

No 9
Member
2 years 5 months ago

Excellent way to increase SAAB awareness. Dead companys don’t race cars.

Avelik
Member
2 years 5 months ago

Now saw on NEVS Instagram page that the driver for PWR Racing in the STCC will be Emma Kimiläinen – first female driver in STCC in 15 years. Very interesting – two women racing Saabs this year.

phermansson
Member
2 years 5 months ago

We’re gonna do a post and interview with PWR as soon as we get some time off, it sure is good stuff! =)

Avelik
Member
2 years 5 months ago

Looking forward to that =)

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