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SAAB – DNA

February 21, 2016 in Classics, Competitions, Editorial, Rally Team, Saabology, SU Mythbusters, test drive

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Some of us can say we have a Trollhättan DNA, well if You’re like Tim and me are born by parents raised on the banks of the Göta River that night be true. But just half a century of making SAAB cars the city could hardly have changed any of the pairs in the double helix we call the DNA.

The DNA that some people refers to as having anything to do with SAAB has its roots in the chassis dynamics. Form and shape of the cars has nothing to do with DNA since SAAB has never looked inte the rear mirror when making the new car models. Look at the 99 that replaced the 96 in the late 1960. The only thing that resembled the old car was the front wheel drive an the solid rear axle to some extent. So over the years the design has changed in a progressive way and one of my friends Björn Envall was in control of this for almost 30 years.

The SAAB – DNA is a complex mix of advanced applied and theoretical physics combined with the drivers feel and ability to respond to various forces and frequencies told by the car. When harmony is reached almost as when mastering an instrument. That is where the SAAB – DNA can be found. Some feel it instantaneously some not at all.

– Jörgen Trued, SU Historic Rally Team & S2AB Rally Team Manager & Driver

The DNA is in the perception and feel of the driving dynamic of the cars conveyed to the driver. Probably the best guy in the world in this field is another of my good ex. SAAB friends Magnus Roland. The principles he outlined for the driving dynamics of a SAAB is the DNA. That thinking was used by Magnus when he worked on the Le Mans Corvettes some 15 years ago but before that on the 9000 in particular. A rear axle geometry hat still is top notch and a truly affordable construction. There are manufacturers out there who are interested in this axle. Magnus has worked out some amazing constructions and 3 years ago in with his colleague in the S2AB AB, ex rally world champion Stig Blomqvist a 5 link rear axle for Audi. Or should we say put on an Audi 4S. In testdrives head to head with a standard Audi S4 Stig managed to drive the 5 link faster and with more accuracy and less need for micro adjustments. In collaboration with Benteler in Germany they decided to make a sales push with Audi. But apparently Ferdinand Piech himself stopped it all saying that it was not invented in house. The SAAB 9000 was developed with Stig´s driving style as an inspirational source. And The 9000 turned out to be a great performance car.

From what I have heard is that the NEVS corporation at least CEO Matthias Bergman is interested in the “SAAB-DNA” and the two guys who can inject that into their company is Magnus and Stig. To truly understand the underlaying principles for the fundamentals of chassi dynamics would need a presentation by Magnus himself. He is truly a genius when it comes to get to grips with the twilight-zone of classic mechanical engineering old school and the quantum mechanics and forces for beyond the average scope of a traditional car company. A company making average cars. The car going down the road and into a corner with a driver behind the wheel is a very complex system, truly a system of systems. All frequencies in the tire rubber to the G forces and the the forces in a microscopic level bonding the car to the road are hard to understand for a skilled to average skilled engineer. The driver feels sensations and experience the environment, this interface with the car is where the DNA might be hidden. But to do a truly great car that makes you a better driver requires deep expertise in applied and theoretical physics and psychology (Perception & Decision making). I have had many great discussions with Magnus on the topic of driver performance, he is the wiz of chassis physics and have the Man-Systems-Interaction knowledge.

 

Most probably the best Swedish drivers through history both from the city of Örebro. Stig Blomqvist and Ronnie Petterson

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The Brand question seems to still be alive

February 20, 2016 in Editorial, NEVS

I know we have said that the brand name question is over. Well it wasn’t me, and I still repeat my sentence.

Show me a picture of the factory without the SAAB wording and I will stop talking about it.

New Saab picture, Sweden-style!

Still a SAAB factory?

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Ex. Saab Automobile managers charged for economic crime by chief prosecutor

February 19, 2016 in News

Four managers Victor Muller, Jan-Åke Jonsson, Kristina Geers and a previous company lawyer and a temporary finance director have today been charged by the chief prosecutor for “Grovt försvårande av skattekontroll”, translated into Rough evasion and or making the tax control troublesome or inadequate. A crime that can have the managers in prison from 4 months to 4 years.

Chief prosecutor Olof Sahlgren claims that the five should be charged for together and in a organized way have entered  into the bookkeeping two payments of 3.5 million Euros. This has been made through two bogus/false invoices involving a cyprus company.

All five denies criminal intent or action.

Link to a press release from the Swedish Economic Crime Authority

SAAB Prosecution

Neo Brothers – 900 Classic Indicator Repair Kit

February 17, 2016 in News

The indicator repair kit is intended for repairing indicator stalks that are no longer able to stay in the fixed horizontal position and keep dropping or returning automatically when trying to indicate.

The kits are supplied with step by step instructions.

Price – £79.29 plus vat

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Click here to view the product on our website

Please feel free to contact us should you require any further help.

Neo Brothers

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NEVS buys 50% of another china company

February 17, 2016 in News

50% of the shares in the New Long Ma Corporation has been bought by NEVS. They will make some of the vehicles previously ordered from NEVS by Panda New Energy. It is said that NLM has a producing capacity of 150.000 cars/year. Seams like this business development will have little or no impact on the Trollhättan plant.

The Engineering Hype – who’s paying for that?

February 15, 2016 in Editorial

Todays car companies are all about self driving cars, at least thats what every auto and tech journalist wants you to believe. In reality some automakers are pouring a huge amount of money in to that tech but most are not.

The 2nd Hype that every journalist wants you to believe is that the auto-industry is moving from Detroit to Silicon Valley, in reality its not and I’ll quote a great writer at DRIVE: “Everyone is asking when the major manufacturers are going to start competing with Tesla, the real question is, when is Tesla going to start competing with the major manufacturers?”

I think its time for a reality check, for years auto engineers have been dreaming of the ultimate Hype, 20 years ago it was the sat-nav system, 15 years ago it was four-wheel drive, 10 years ago it was the Head-Up Display, 5 years ago it was auto-braking systems and now its self driving cars and entertainment systems made by Apple and Android.

So whats changed since then, well the price of tech has become cheaper but the cars have not, they’ve gone the other way and most brands which used to make inexpensive cars are not rooting for the high-end market in order to improve profitability. So out of all of these hypes that the major manufacturers have poured billions into developing, how much of it do you really find on a normal average car?

I did a pretty vast search of just over 100 one year old used cars in both Sweden and Germany among the more expensive brands which had a new price €45’000 one year ago. Less than 3% of cars have a built in Sat-Nav system, Less than 1% of the cars are 4WD, Only very few have a HUD and about 5% had auto-braking features with adaptive cruise-control. So all in all, if we’re highly conservative we can say that all of that expensive tech is found in roughly 5 out of every 100 cars and these are considered to be fully equipped. I had a chat with a few dealers with whom I’ve had a bit of business with and they confirmed that these numbers pretty much represent the overall fleet of cars.

So to the point, why is everyone so hyped up about all of this new tech, well in reality everyone wants it but only 5 out of a 100 can actually pay for it. So is there seriously a business in all of that or is it just “he has it so I want it too” childish behavior? I honestly think it is, because in the end, what do you really need in a car that you’re gonna keep for 3 years which is the most normal ownership time of a brand new car and whats worth paying for in the end? Well adding a high-end stereo system in your car will put you back at least €1000 and whats becoming more normal now is tailored cars to fit a certain budget which make the used cars market end up with some pretty strangely built cars.

Take the NG9-5s as a brilliant example, you could have a Vector without parking sensors, but you could get a linear with sat-nav?

In the end I don’t think self-driving cars is the answer to the future, in my recent chat with Tim he pointed out that the aviation industry is moving away from automation with a higher focus on manual operation in order to improve hands-on flying skills for the pilots, you could say that the auto industry is 10 years behind the aviation industry in what their aiming for will make the average car better but it’ll also make its driver less proficient in actually handling the car. Because when the automation fails, thats when you really need to know how to handle the car, if you almost never handle it in normal situations, how are you supposed to cope with an abnormal situation that places significantly higher demands on that driver?

So what about Apple and Android auto, well if you listen carefully to the auto makers you can see that some manufacturers are integrating that kind of technology, to a certain degree. But none of them are even considering any form of major integration of a third party product into their car. So in the end, Apple car play and Android Auto aren’t anything more than expensive glorified media-players.

Another great talk-about in the media is car-sharing, yes its true that we only use our cars for 5% of the time, but my car is my car, I want to drive my car in the way that I want and I dont want anyone else to have messed around in my car. The whole point about owning a car is that you have the freedom to go where ever you want, whenever you want. Car pooling has been around since the 80’s and in the end, how many use them, very few… I certainly know that I dont want some stranger sitting next to me while I’m enjoying that little time I have each day to listen to the beautiful tunes of Iron Maiden at volume that some would call abusive…

Dreams and ambitions are good, but in the end they’re mostly just hypes that car manufacturers end up paying a lot of money for but rarely finds its way to the masses… cars will be cars and people will be people, my message: make great cars that normal people can afford! =)

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Rare 4 Door 99GL in Seattle has some Valet damage.

February 15, 2016 in Classics

 

Skärmavbild 2016-02-15 kl. 10.56.44Skärmavbild 2016-02-15 kl. 10.57.04Guess all Saab owners should be careful letting the valet service park the car. Getting the key out of the car is very tricky if one does not own the correct procedure. This Seattle incident was ironed out after som leverage from a local TV station. Would be interesting to know the background of this car. Could it have been an ex. Taxi Cab. It is 4 Door and in bright yellow.

Link to the film from KOMO News:

http://komonews.com/news/offbeat/valet-saab-story-whos-responsible-for-damage-repairs

 

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Fighters take off with the SAAB brand name…..

February 1, 2016 in News

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We read on various international automotive sites that what we long feared has become true. Saab AB reaffirmed that NEVS will not be allowed to use the Saab name.

“We have revoked their right to use the brand name and there is no longer a discussion about NEVS using it”

Saab AB spokesman Sebastian Carlsson told Automotive News Europe.

I contacted Mr Carlsson this morning and got the information as well. So when are the big SAAB signs taken down at the old manufacturing plant in Trollhättan?