It’s time for the fourth entry in the SU Hi-Po challenge.
This is one that’s sure to get you thinking. It’s different. It’s a little controversial. It’s probably the most comprehensive and organised effort so far.
Whilst it’s all of that, and quite interesting to me on a personal level, it also misses out on a number of key criteria that would be needed for the hi-po model I proposed in the challenge (minimum output, saleability in key markets, requisite features for a halo model).
It comes from Aruk, out of England.
Saabs United (SU) High Power (Hi-Po) Challenge, Request for Proposal (RFP):
- The car must have 350hp minimum.
- How you’ll achieve that sort of power, where you’ll source the engine from.
- Modifications you’ll do to the interior, exterior, suspension, etc.
- Timeframe for testing this car.
- Warrant the vehicle in all markets with confidence.
- Expected sale price, based on current pricing in your market.
- How many of these vehicles you think Saab could realistically sell.
- How you’re going to fund the engineering, development and testing of this project.
- You have to fit it in to the current program by telling us which current priority is less important than a performance car.
- To make the Saab buildable and marketable.
- Given the European Investment Bank (EIB) funds are for efficiency projects only, EIB money is out of the question.
Whilst this may be ‘just-for-fun’ I still wanted to follow in the spirit of the challenge and to remain as close to the ‘RFP guidelines’ as possible!
To create a high performance, spiritual successor to the Saab 90.
To design, develop and test a “Hi-Performance” modern day Saab 90 based on the current 9-3 SS/SC in 90 days. This is to be achieved within the boundaries of existing European approvals and stipulations and with no compromise in safety. The business-model will be one of risk-reward, shared between various parties. It will be a fixed option model with a production run of 20,000 units at a retail price equivalent to 15,999 USD. It is to be sold in key European markets only.
Executive Response for Proposal (RFP) Summary:
1. The car must have 350hp minimum.
- 180bhp, 400Nm TTiD. Aftermarket and approved tuning also available.
2. How you’ll achieve that sort of power, where you’ll source the engine from.
- Use of an existing engine.
3. Modifications you’ll do to the interior, exterior, suspension, etc.
- A thoroughly basic, current model Saab 9-3 SS/SC with interior design, development and manufacturing by BAIC China under the guidance of Saab.
- No compromise on safety.
- The exterior body, engine, safety systems and other critical (approval and legislation driven parts) and final assembly to be done by Saab, Sweden.
- Fixed price and fixed equipment with no options.
- No new tooling or movement of existing tooling.
- Unless otherwise stated all parts and sub-assemblies to be made and where possible pre-assembled by BAIC China (who probably by now are producing an equivalent china-only model, the C60).
- Single shipment (from China), low season, batch production.
- Existing 180 TTiD including ancillaries and control; Sweden.
- Very basic and only in accordance with fixed options i.e. minimal to no pre-wiring.
- Front speakers only.
- No Radio/ICE.
- USB port for charging and basic connection of MP3/devices.
- No electric windows/central locking/side mirrors/heated seats/sunroof.
- Single interior light.
- No cigarette lighter socket or ashtray.
- Speedometer and fuel gauges only.
- Minimal dashboard warning/information lights
- Safety systems –Airbags, sensors, ABS, EBD, ESC, EBA, TCS, etc.. Sweden.
- Existing 6 speed manual only. Sweden.
- As per approval and legislation for sale in Europe for parts made in China
- Brake pads. Sweden
- Basic steering wheel with blanked-off switches.
- Single stalk.
- All other sub assemblies; China.
- Simple, existing Saab-design 16 inch black steel wheels only. No plastic covers.
- Tyres –all weather/season Nokians for utility and appeal. Finland.
- All other sub assemblies and components; China.
Car Body External
- Steel, pressing, construction, painting, assembly; Sweden
- Fixtures and fittings. Simple bumper skin with no indents for fog lights.
Car Body Internal
- Simple pressed plastic door cards with cloth pull handles.
- No carpets, just appropriate rubber floor mats, otherwise bare metal.
- Robust plastics to cover any exposed cavity areas.
- Seats with minimal, dense, contour foam padding. Structural reductions (not SAHR/safety related) especially with rear bench.
- No spare wheel/tyre.
- Cloth only seat covers.
- Seat belts, isofix and associated safety components; Sweden.
Heating & Ventilation
- Basic heating/ventilation and associate controls.
- No air-conditioning.
- Use of existing catalogue where appropriate and necessary e.g. Tow bar.
4. Timeframe for testing this car.
- Design, Development and Testing -90 days; Sweden and China.
5. Warrant the vehicle in all markets with confidence.
- Strictly European markets only.
- As per existing product warranties.
6. Expected sale price, based on current pricing in your market.
- Equivalent to 15,999 USD, 11,999 Euros or 9,999 GBP. Retail price with average 15-20% tax.
7. How many of these vehicles you think Saab could realistically sell.
- 20,000 units.
8. How you’re going to fund the engineering, development and testing of this project.
- Risk-reward model with BAIC China providing initial capital.
9. You have to fit it in to the current program by telling us which current priority is less important than a performance car.
- Design, Development and initial testing by BAIC China with guidance from Saab.
- Single shipment, low season, winter 2011, batch production.
10. To make the Saab buildable and marketable.
- Existing tools and processes with a severe reduction in components and features.
- Very basic ‘Assembled in Sweden’ Saab model with traditional Saab safety, utility and very high performance (and tuneable) 180bhp/ 400 Nm diesel engine offering exceptional, no-nonsense, recession-friendly value!
- Transparency with regards to the component origins of this near end-of-model car with all key/safety aspects and assembly in Sweden.
- Available spring 2012.
11. Given the European Investment Bank (EIB) funds are for efficiency projects only, EIB money is out of the question.
- N/A, unless the resultant reduced emission and fuel consumption figures qualify for it.