Russian movie of Vladimir Antonov in SU 99 Turbo Rally car

This a very “RAW” copy I was given way after the 2010 Rally to the midnight sun. It was originally ment to be part in the making of the new history of SAAB with its new ownership and leadership both internally in SAAB and as a clip in a russian motors television program featuring Vladimir Antonov and his participation in the classic Swedish Rally. I was given an embargo for some years not to show this videoclip. Due to various copyright issus I suppose. But now when SAAB as a carmaker is gone I feel it is OK to finally show the SAAB enthusiast world an interesting piece of the brand history. Something that could have been so different. Political and and other dark forces stopped it all. The SU Historic Rally Team was planned to expand into a 15 car international team that should travel and compete worldwide. I even got started to plan for 10 more cars in addition to the 5 SAAB 99 Turbo cars that I had made. Well that is all history now but please enjoy this movie.

BEWARE! Could be a scam! 4-SALE: 99 1969 with 23490 km / one owner

Warning! Information on other media indicates that this car sale could be a “scam”. I have not seen the car in person but as with all car sales one has to inspect the car in and out.

It might still be a fine specimen.

Get a brand new SAAB 99 from 1969 for 89500 SEK Posted today at 2 PM

Seller webpage Blocket

Info from DMV:
Registreringsnummer: BTM053
Fabrikat: SAAB 99 COMBI
Färg: RÖD Fordonsslag: PB
Fordonsår: 1969 Fordonsslagsklass: I
Identifieringsnummer: 4615
Fordonskategori EU: M1
Senaste EU-regbevis del 1: 2015-12-16
Senaste EU-regbevis del 2: 2015-12-16

Postnr: 186 42 Förvärvsdatum: 2015-12-13

Försäkringsbolag: IF
Försäkringsdatum: 2015-12-13

Fordonsstatus: I trafik (2015-07-10)
Tillfällig registrering: Nej
Antal ägare: 3 Yrkesmässig trafik: Nej
Fordonet tillverkat:
I trafik första gången i Sverige: 1969-03-25
I trafik första gången (vanligen i utlandet): Import/införsel: Nej
Ägarbunden dispens: Nej
Ägarbunden dispens upphör: Nej

Besiktning senast: 2017-07-31
Senast godkända besiktning: 2015-09-03
Mätarställning: 23421

Fordonsskattepliktigt: Nej Användningsförbud: Nej
Trängselskattepliktigt: Ja
Årsskatt, kr:
Återbetalning vid avställning, kr: 0
Debiterad fordonsskatt, kr: 0
Debiterad avgift, kr: 0
Förfallen fordonsskatt/avgift, kr: 0
Vägtrafikregisteravgift: 50 kr ska betalas samtidigt med årsskatten.

Tekniska data
Kaross: Täckt (01)
Karosserikod tillägg:
Karosserikod särskilda ändamål:
Slagvolym, cm3:
Växellåda: MANUELL

Antal passagerare, max: 4
Antal sittande passagerare, max:
Antal bältade passagerare, max:
Antal passagerare i rullstol, max:
Antal stående passagerare, max:
Skattevikt, kg: 1150
Tjänstevikt (faktisk vikt), kg: 1150
Totalvikt, kg: 1500
Ursprunglig totalvikt, kg: 1500
Max släpvagnsvikt, kg:
Max släpvikt kg, obromsad:
Släpets maximala totalvikt vid körkortsbehörighet B, kg: 2000
Släpets maximala totalvikt vid utökad körkortsbehörighet B, kg: 2750
Max sammanlagd bruttovikt, kg:
Max lastvikt, kg: 350
Kopplingsanordning : KULA
Kopplingsavstånd, mm:
Kopplingsavstånd EU, mm:
Max kopplingsavstånd EU, mm:
Bromsuttag :
Avancerat bromssystem:
Lastutrymmets längd, mm:
Främre överhäng, mm:
Bakre överhäng, mm:
Drivande axlar fram:
Drivande axlar bak:
Antal hjul:
Däckdimension axel 1: 155-15
Däckdimension axel 2: 155-15
Bandbredd, mm:

Längd, mm: 4450 Bredd, mm: 1690
Höjd, mm:

Drivmedel 1: BENSIN
Tankvolym, liter: 45
Motoreffekt, kW: 59,0
Effektnorm: DIN

Euro miljöklassning:



NEVS new homepage
Maybe any of you has noticed it, but NEVS has changed the homepage of their site. The pictures of the MY14 9-3 are gone, which is good from my point of view, but on the other side the homepage is as vague as it could be. We know what they mean, but who else does? Ok, maybe all the people that visit that site knows about it.

But has this anything to do with Tomorrow(Monday)? No, I don’t think so, and as NEVS is not appearing in the exhibitors list of the Geneva Motor show, I expect, that we will be seeing those northern lights for the next weeks.

But tomorrow something will happen at NEVS facilities, something that I consider quite strange, but something that has a clear message.

Read moreTomorrow

Jiang Dalong On The Panda Deal

Photo by Reuters
Electric 9-3 in NEVS’ Beijing Headquaters – Photo by Reuters

NEVS’ chairman Jiang Dalong spoke to Reuters about the deal with Panda and the future of electric vehicles. While I want to take out a few interesting excerpts you can read the full article here.

“China is going to be the world’s biggest market for electric cars,” Jiang said in an interview in his office in Beijing. “China has no choice. They have to wean themselves from conventional gasoline combustion cars,” he added, describing the recent sharp uptick in air pollution levels in China’s capital as “terrible” and “crazy”.
“Big existing automakers are too big. They cannot stop producing conventional gasoline combustion cars. But we can … switch to new energy cars.”

In general I have to agree with him here. For China it’s of course the issue of air pollution but also, according to some calculations that I read a while ago, if China would reach a car per people ratio that is close to for example Europe, they would need the entire world production of gasoline and diesel to run those cars. So currently the way the Chinese government wants to take is electromobility and it can’t be a fault to be part of it.

The biggest question mark is Chinese economy which seems to be in some difficult times the moment. But given the long term of this investment I would not judge it just from today. China may not grow at a rate like they did in the last decade but they will get back to a path that is solid.

Then it’s about the Panda deal and its financing:

Read moreJiang Dalong On The Panda Deal

Freevalve Technology

I am not completely sure if this story is a look outside the box or another story of what could have been. It’s about a technology that is developed by Koenigsegg’s sister company Freevalve. They replace the camshafts in an engine with individually controlled air-operated valve actuators which leads to more power, greater flexibility, better fuel efficiency and lower emissions.

The video is from 2013 but since Koenigsegg mentioned on their facebook page today that it “will come to the mainstream automotive sector soon” I thought it might be worth sharing it. To me this is one of the most fascinating technologies that Koenigsegg is working on, not only because the development car is a 9-5. It also shows us that while the electric car is promoted as the solution for future mobility we have not even optimized the internal combustion engine to the maximum.

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