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Race One – TTA – Racing Elite League 2012 – Karlskoga Motorstadion

May 15, 2012 in News

For the ones among us that could see the race, here is a summary of the great victory of Linus Ohlsson driving a Saab silhouette.

It is in Swedish, but the pictures are enough to understand the plot of the race.

(This seems to be HTML5 code, no Flashplayer, so please send us an e-mail if you have a problem with it)

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News from TTA: Linus Ohlsson and Saab claims premiere TTA

May 13, 2012 in News

Linus Ohlsson with Team Tidö/PWR Racing and Saab claimed the first ever victory of the TTA – Racing Elite League. The 21-year-old held the lead from lights to flag despite intense pressure from triple Swedish champion Fredrik Ekblom.
“This was the best race of my life. I had a poor start, but was able to pull up a gap after that. This is just so cool, everything went my way and of all my victories, this is my best,” said Ohlsson.

Ekblom started second and made the best start of the top drivers. The Volvo Polestar Racing driver was up alongside Ohlsson in the start, but had to back off in the first corner and was instead passed by Richard Göransson.

Not long after, Ekblom was able to catch and pass Göransson, setting his sights for Ohlsson in the lead. The fight for the victory came to stand between Saab and Volvo, with only three tenths separating the both after 40 minutes in favor of Saab and Ohlsson.

Read more at: http://ttagroup.se/2012/05/12/linus-ohlsson-and-saab-claims-premiere-tta-racing-elite-league-victory/

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TTA – Racing Elite first Tests

May 6, 2012 in News

It is along time since my last post, but I thought It’s time to give you an update on the preparation for the Swedish TTA Racing championship.

 
Next weekend the first race of the Swedish TTA RAing elite league will start on the Karlskoga circuit. In the meantime from May 2 till May 5 some test runs have been done on the Anderstorp Raceway and the Karlskoga Motorstadion. The test have shown that the teams and drivers are quite even, which means that all the reaces will very interesting.

This are the three diferent colours that I will like to see in the podium in all, or at least most of the races.

Both drivers, Robin Rudholm (car #2) and Mattias Andersson (car #20) of the Flash Engineering team will be driving a 9-3 with this white blue red livery.

Linus Ohlsson (car #3) from team Tidö will be driving a black 9-3 with golden letters.

And Daniel Hangölf (car #37) also from team Tidö will be sporting this black&white livery.

(BTW, I was very surprised to hear that Poker Wallenberg Jr. is behind team Tidö.)

I like the black and golden livery most, it remembers me from the old JpS F1 Lotus team and I’m looking forward how the Saab drivers will perform, also hoping that we then will know about the future of the Saab brand as a car manufacturer.

And for the ones that like the sound of speed, a short film of the first test days after the jump.

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TTA Saab spy pictures

March 22, 2012 in News

Last week Tim closed his article on the TTA Saab with this sentence:

Flash Engineering and Team Tidö will test the car for the first time on a secret location sometime next week.

Sometime next week is sometime this week, and thanks to Saablog-in we have found out that the car is being tested in the circuit Alès near Nimes in southern France.

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TTA Swedish Racing Elite League

March 15, 2012 in Technical

Today we have reported on a Team that is going to compete on a Swedish touring car series with a Saab car. Many were impressed by the pictures of a slightly wider 9-3 with racing livery and a big rear wing.

Some have already explained, that the TTA Swedish Racing Elite League a bit of a farce is because in reality it is only a common chassis with common aerodynamics and a common power train but with a different silhouette emulating different cars that race against each other, and not different cars from different manufacturers with their own power train and a chassis.

Currently Saab is in a very weak position, and the fact that one of the main teams in that competition have decided to use the Saab 9-3 silhouette instead of an AUDI/Honda/Alfa/Chevrolet, you name it, is a big honour for Saab. Further the teams competing with the Saab livery will have much more chances to make it on the podium or win races than any “true” Saab could have now. And at last but not least, on May 12 the competition will start and the last race will be on September 29. If the acquisition of Saab is prosperous, this will help polish the image of Saab, if it is not Swedish Saab fans will at least have some moments of joy.

So if you are interested in this race competition, I’ve prepared some facts after the jump.

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Saab 96 retro rally project wants your input

November 20, 2009 in Saabology

We’ve seen some good retro-Saab ideas that were pretty much just photoshop ideas.
This is something different. This is something that someone really plans to build using a Saab 9-3 convertible as a base.
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The project is being publicised and promoted by our mate Etienne from Belgium. Here’s the thrust of it:

It’s a modern reinterpretation of the 1960′s Saab 96 which will be built on a convertible 9-3′s platform. At this moment the project is only a sketch but this English company mean to develop a drivable prototype with 300hp that will be shown at the 2011 Goodwood festival of speed, to celebrate the jubilee of Erik Carlsson’s second victory in the 1961 RAC rally with the 96 number 1.

If the project goes ahead, it will be built by Snetterton Memories Ltd, and English company who specialise in designing and building vehicles inspired by prestigious popular ‘old-time cars’.
THEY WANT YOUR FEEDBACK!!
A website has been setup for this project and here’s the last paragraph:

The project is absolutely a private matter between Snetterton Memories Ltd and its designer Vincent Maréchal, and they hope to see this project become reality. You can help by showing your interest here. Your valued comments on this blog could very well help to see this project become reality.

So please head on over to the website and provide your thoughts.
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Saab Performance – entry into the Swedish Touring Car Championship

February 26, 2009 in Archive

Following on from rumours of its development last year and a bit of uncertainty as to whether or not this project would actually get off the ground, the Dealer Sport team finally unveilied their Saab 9-3 BioPower entry into the 2009 Swedish Touring Car Championship.
The team displayed the car yesterday at the Saab Museum in Trollhattan:
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TTELA covered the story, and Dippen has provided a quick translation of that article:

Saab and racing have gone hand in hand for many years and the interest is big.
- “What can be more suitable than to show the car here in Trollhättan”, says Jan Warnestad ,the chief for the Dealer Sport Saab Performance team.
A lot of invited people took the chance to see the new Saab 9-3 that will compete in the STCC series this year.
This is a project that was kept in secrecy before the unveiling in 2008 at Mantorp Park.
- “We started the project in March 2008 and we kept silent about it”, says Warnestad
The car has been built in Trollhättan at the prototype workshop but it is nowdays located at Dealer Sport Saab Performance in Karlstad. Now there will be more tests before the premiere
Jan Warnestad has sold Opel in Karlstad since 1977 and knows what racing means for a car dealer.
- “In 1980 Anders Kulläng won the Swedish Rally in a Opel Ascona, that got me interested in racing”
29 years later he is team chief for the new Saab team.
- Thoughts about building a Saab 9-3 has been for a long time, but it took some
time for the idea to become reality.
In the new car there is something in common between Saab and Opel. The STCC-Saab has a lot of technical parts from the Opel Astra that Tommy Rustad drove in 2007.

The Dealer Sport has a website, available in both Swedish and English, and located at www.saabperformance.se
Here’s a rundown on theior car, taken from that website. The STCC series starts on May 2nd with a meeting at Mantorp Park. I’ll cover whatever news comes out of it.
Good luck to the Dealer Sport team!!!
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