This is a project that’s been on the burner for a few years now. Unfortunately, those involved have been defeated by some prospective rule changes in 2012 that make the build inviable.
The Saab Dealer Team has decided to close down their planned programme for the Swedish Touring Car Championship.
“We are closing it down, there will not be anything of it,” said team boss Jan Warnestad to vf.se.
The team has completed a test program with a S2000 specification Saab 9-3, powered by a bio-gas engine. The plan was initially for the team to join the STCC for a full season in 2009, plans that has been postponed several times.
“The regulations makes it hard. It does not look like we are going to make it. You’ll never know what happens in the future, but as things are now we are closing it down,” said Warnestad.
That text and the following video are both provided by Touring Car Times.
I feel terrible for these guys. It’s been a long process for them and as you see in the video, they had made great strides.
It’s ironic that they’re being forced out by rule changes as Saab themselves suffered from this on several occasions. In fact, the original Saab Sonett was destined for racing until rule changes stopped all chance of production in significant numbers.