SAAB spirit @ timeattacknu.se series 2016 – contestant #1

Nordic Performance

I, like many other of us, have witnessed the true Saab spirit fade away amongst the enthusiasts, – one by one.

However, during these years, I have also witnessed pioneers in the field blossom and fight on through the storms.
And regardless of the speculations that may revolve amongst the community, there’s no doubt in my mind that these guys possess extreme knowledge and a forever burning passion for Saab. 

 

What I’m talking about and what caught my attention is the Saab nuts at Nordic Performance in Norrköping, Sweden, and their custom built 9-3SS Aero. I’ve seen this build emerge from a mind so detailed, accurate and refined, that you’re still able see the typical lines and shapes we all know so well, despite the fact that this is an extremely modified car. The custom-built front and the cocky appearance overall gives you a good idea of what lies beneath the surface. So, hereby I would like to introduce this stunning and impressive build to the rest of the Saab world

“The Eliminator” Nordic Extreme 

Saab 9-3SS Aero ’05

With it’s top speed on 240km/h @ 7000rpm, 500HP/550Nm (2,0bar boost pressure, ethanol) and 480hp/500Nm (petrol), and a total wight at 1120kg/2470lb(without driver), – this beast is high-speed tooled from a solid billet of pure power and adrenaline.

And here’s some of the specs..

Chassis:

  • Full rollcage by Chromoly / lightweight steel built by Bröderna Båge
  • Öhlins 3-way shock absorbers w. Öhlins coilovers front & back
  • 357mm front brake discs w. six piston brake calipers, rear ventilated Aero brake discs,Yellowstuff brake pads
  • 9×18″ ET 20 OZ Titanium racing alloys
  • Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 235/35-18 tires

Engine:

  • T8 racing engine management system by Nordic
  • Fully forged B207R 1998CC engine
  • Darton engine sleeves
  • Verdi forged rods
  • JE custom made forged pistons
  • Balance shaft deleted
  • 1200CC Bosch Impedance fuel injectors
  • Chain-driven water pump
  • Garret GTBB 30/76 turbo
  • DO88 intercooler
  • Nordic custom made extractor manifold
  • 5-speed Quaife gearbox kit with OBX slip differential

Rolf Uhr, the driver of this racecar is no stranger to Saab. Ever since he got his driver’s license back in 1971, with a Saab V4 as his first car, – he has since then been faithful towards the car brand (with the only exception of two Opel vectra’s performed in Stcs). He’s pretty much done it all, rally, rallycross, and ice rally and racing, a constant involvement in the brand in many different ways. Rolf actually stopped active competing in 2002, but since he received an invitation to join timeattack in 2015, he’s been hooked. They acquired a 9-3SS that Saab themselves had built to run as a long-lap car, and it was equipped with a 1, 9TDI diesel engine. At the end of last season they decided to replace the engine with a custom built B207R engine, and they decided to go all the way up to Pro Class at timeattacknu.se series (meaning free modifications with only requirement of street legal tires). The first race this year is held at Kinnekulle racetrack, Sweden 3rd-5th of June. 

“We’re sticking our necks out this year, and we are determined to place SAAB back on the map as a race car. And we’re planning to do that with our custom built and reinforced original Saab. “

Rolf Uhr, Nordic Performance

 

For more info, pictures and updates, follow Nordic’s journey here on Facebook

Timeattacknu.se Facebook page

Photos by APEX-FOTO

 

3cyl
Member
4 months 17 days ago
Wonderful post Madeline. Reading about these projects rekindles the excitement associated with the original SAAB competition cars of decades ago that got many of us interested in the brand. Thanks for the post, and best wishes to Nordic Performance in their campaign of this machine. I know it is unlikely to happen, but if SAAB cars should be revived, a limited production extreme high performance street model linking the brand to race cars like this would be hard to resist even if expensive. There are still some of us who would rather pay for content biased toward raw performance rather… Read more »
Monique Hubrechts
Member
4 months 15 days ago

3cyl and madelene impressive 2016 chassis creature, engine, suspension, and aerodynamics, and colour mix.
The fully forged engine needs some more info are the main blocks forged in metal? What are are darton engine sleeves? Some torque /rpm figures in a curve? How works the slip diff? Did they pay attention to the crankcase vent system to prevent blow up of the engine? And mustangs sells like bread.

Monique Hubrechts
Member
4 months 15 days ago

Being going to be fully 100 percent green and buying a fuel cell car, free modifications like bmx motor bikes and the above and f1 does not fit in.Norway drives fully green and sell their gas and oil. Rune wants even a nps. Our dogs festivals are fully green Except our large campers. We are working on it. Ice cars will be rapidly moved from the stage. Be prepared to fit in with a saab fuel cell car.

Monique Hubrechts
Member
4 months 15 days ago

3cyl i understand that they delete the balanced shaft. It was even better to go to a perfect balanced 3cyl turbocharged.

3cyl
Member
4 months 13 days ago

I find it hard to argue with that Monique.

Dan P
Member
4 months 15 days ago

@Monique engine sleeves are wooly covers that go over the radiator hoses to keep the coolant toasty and warm, you can get them in different jolly patterns – at Christmas time I like to use sleeves with reindeers and snowflakes on them.

Monique Hubrechts
Member
4 months 13 days ago
Dan P Thank you but still have no clue. Are these covers under the engine bonnet? Or in front of the radiator and therefore visible from the outside. In other words the jolly patterns you see when the engine hood is open. Do you know Dan how they figure out high crankcase pressure when running on ethanol and 2 bar boost? The gear box and obx slip diff in a fwd transaxle is something we never seen on a saab. I had a Limited slip diff on rwd mazda MX5 What a Fun In the corners. Can you feel it… Read more »
JoPlSe
Member
4 months 15 days ago

Cool!

hans h
Member
4 months 15 days ago

Nice !! 🙂

Dan P
Member
4 months 15 days ago

A beast, but my first Nordic love is still the 9-5 Extreme Wagon – largely because it’s a Cosmic Blue Series 1, like mine.

Except mine has a blown piston ring right now. Forged pistons are in its future.

Paul Willis
Member
4 months 14 days ago
Very interesting and thanks for posting. To the SU gatekeepers, I am not sure what the decisions are about what gets posted. I have submitted a couple of what I thought were interesting posts on older Saabs, but they have not been actually published on this site. They were from for-sale ads, but, with lots of pics and interesting comments, they were something that I thought a Saab nut would be interested in regardless of any desire to make a purchase. I look at old car ads all the time just for fun, and I would bet many SU folks… Read more »
Monique Hubrechts
Member
4 months 13 days ago

Its all or nothing paul what you see is what you get. I miss already a lot of followers especially saabyurk and Rune from norway and saab sonnet.

Paul Willis
Member
4 months 13 days ago

The article on an old 96 I had offered for posting has now been posted–check it out! Thanks

Monique Hubrechts
Member
4 months 12 days ago

Still rare this 93 4 door sedan in competition outfit.Are there passengers behind seated when running.Seems nevs was sponsoring their present donor cars left.

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