Celebrating the women in Saab Rally and Racing

Ramona Karlsson in a WRC rally car
Ramona Karlsson in a WRC rally car
Ramona Karlsson in the Saab 9-3 RallyCross RX
Ramona Karlsson in the Saab 9-3 RallyCross RX


There are just now two great Saab drivers who has made their way into the motorsport that has been dominated by men.

First out is Ramona Karlsson who is driving in the highest class in the FIA Rallycross FX series in a Saab 9-3. The team is organized by Per Eklund who for most younger Saab enthusiast is most known for the record drive up on Pikes Peak CO. USA some years ago with a Saab 9-3 Viggen in Laser red with big wings and spoilers front and back. Per has a few NG 9-3 XWD cars with Trollspeed of Trollhättan engines and pumping out 500-700 bhp depending on the setup. Ramona is now prepared for her first BIG Rallycross race in Portugal. See movie from her preparations, The music in the video is just as swedish as Ramona and her car, it is AVICII. Click HERE! Ramona Karlsson RallyCross

Latest news from Portugal is that Ramona in her premiere came in 6th in SemiFinal 2 scoring 8 points in the overall scoring . Petter Solberg told the press that “That girl can really drive a rallycross car” that is said by a super driver so lets hope that Ramona will be the rising star in RallyCross.

Ramona Karlsson and her Co-Driver after having escaped her burning WRC car.
Ramona Karlsson and her Co-Driver after having escaped her burning WRC car.

The other notable women driving Saabs today competitively is Emma Kimiläinen from Finland in the Racing series STCC, where she is driving for the PWR Racing Team, The same team as Daniel Haglof. We know little of her knowledge in driving an STCC car but we keep out fingers crossed for her success. Emma is in a extremely professional team with the co-owners Peter “Poker” Wallenberg and Daniel Haglöf. Peter was the Wallenberg guy who managed to find the money through SAAB Aircraft to save the Saab Car Museum

Great ladies in Saabs rallying history is Pat Moss and Elizabeth Nyström in the 1960ies and 10 years earlier Greta Molander pioneering Saab rallying in a Saab 92. More on the “historical ladies in a later story here on SU. Till then enjoy some of the pictures.

 

Emma Kimilainen PWR STCC team SAAB 9-3 STCC
Emma Kimilainen PWR STCC team SAAB 9-3 STCC
Acropolis Rally Greece 20-23 May 1965: Elizabeth Nyström & Pat Moss-Carlsson
Acropolis Rally Greece 20-23 May 1965: Elizabeth Nyström & Pat Moss-Carlsson
The Trollhättan Saab Rally Family in "60 ies
The Trollhättan Saab Rally Family in “60 ies
Rallye Monte Carlo 1951 with Greta Molander, note the export only point number horns. The car painted in white the official Swedish racing color at that time.
Rallye Monte Carlo 1951 with Greta Molander, note the export only point number horns. The car painted in white the official Swedish racing color at that time.
Elizabeth Nyström inspecting Jörgen Trueds Saab MonteCarlo V4 in 2009
Elizabeth Nyström inspecting Jörgen Trueds Saab MonteCarlo V4 in 2009
Rallye Monte Carlo 1952: Greta Molander SAAB 92
Rallye Monte Carlo 1952: Greta Molander SAAB 92
theSandySaab
Member
2 years 4 months ago

Impressive girl and car. 0-100 in two seconds, constant sliding, drifting jumping and opponent contact… Best wishes for Ramona and the team!
…and watch the video, talk about fast feet…

saabyurk
Member
2 years 4 months ago

I hope the long tradition continues successfully.
I’m envious of your Monte Carlo V4. I can only hope mine turns out half as good.

hilmar
Member
2 years 4 months ago

Well, this looks very nice – the cars also 😉 Effective marketing for Saab. Good luck.

Paul Willis
Member
2 years 4 months ago

Pretty damn cool if you ask me. In the US, rallying is not a widely watched or understood form of motorsport. But those of us who watch the televised European events are very impressed. Good luck to both ladies. There are not enough women in motorsports, that is for sure.

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