10 thoughts on “Friday night snippets – racing edition”

  1. LOL! I looked at that last picture before reading the caption and thought maybe the dog had tried to crawl in through the passthrough access to the trunk (boot) and had the door shut on it. The actual caption is much more funny.

  2. The story and picture of the 96 bring back some memories.

    The two-stroke rally cars of the 60’s were said to be successful in part because the lack of torque made it easier to maintain traction on snow and loose surfaces. Is there any validity to this? Regardless it made interesting press.

    The Northeast was by far SAAB’s largest US market in the 60’s, but in reality even here there were not many SAABs. When SAAB owners passed on the road it was common practice to wave at each other.

    • Was it Erik who said that they kept their foot heavy on the throttle at all times, because everybody could clearly hear when you took it off and the drivers did not want to be perceived as chickens. 🙂

      Swade recently discussed friction over at his blog, and at least one gentleman observed that on ice you want the front wheels to roll as easily as possible. Apply the brakes or speed up and you will loose grip.

      I somehow doubt low torque will help a rally driver, because they should know when to speed up and when to let the wheels roll as easily as possible.

      I suspect relatively low weight and low center of gravity was more important. That is my impression after reading Gunnar Ljungström’s article from 1960. The Saab was FWD and that made it easier to lower its center of gravity. I would also expect that as engines grew bigger, this advantage became less significant. After all, eventually you’ll experience slower accelerations given the better traction of the rear wheels.

      Jörgen might have something to add on this topic?

    • This topic was discussed some time ago. Scania who owns the rights to that particular version of the griffin did not want to play ball.

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