Have you ever had a hard time locking your Saab?

Sometimes I cannot lock my Saab properly with the key remote. If I am in a hurry this may get quite frustrating. After a while, I started to see a pattern. There was always a lorry nearby, a lorry with a remotely operated crane.

In Sweden, we recycle things like glass, paper, plastics and cupboard. The recycling stations are emptied regularly. This happens quite often when I drop my oldest son off at school. My conclusion is that the crane remote is operating on a similar radio frequency as my car key remote. It seems that the weaker car key signal gets drenched by the crane remote. When the lorry is gone, my car lock works perfectly.

Have anyone else had this problem?

A lorry emptying the recycling station outside my son’s school.

 

 

Saab Insurance – Swedish Market, Update

I did a post on Saab insurance for the Swedish market a while ago. I have recently renewed my insurance and have happily found out that the insurance company Folksam has stretched their limits for Saabs even further. If you buy the large car insurance, you will have machine and electronics insurance up to 10 years or 15´000 Swedish miles (1 Swedish mile = 10km).

SAAB spirit @ timeattacknu.se series 2016 – contestant #1

Nordic Performance

I, like many other of us, have witnessed the true Saab spirit fade away amongst the enthusiasts, – one by one.

However, during these years, I have also witnessed pioneers in the field blossom and fight on through the storms.
And regardless of the speculations that may revolve amongst the community, there’s no doubt in my mind that these guys possess extreme knowledge and a forever burning passion for Saab. 

 

What I’m talking about and what caught my attention is the Saab nuts at Nordic Performance in Norrköping, Sweden, and their custom built 9-3SS Aero. I’ve seen this build emerge from a mind so detailed, accurate and refined, that you’re still able see the typical lines and shapes we all know so well, despite the fact that this is an extremely modified car. The custom-built front and the cocky appearance overall gives you a good idea of what lies beneath the surface. So, hereby I would like to introduce this stunning and impressive build to the rest of the Saab world

“The Eliminator” Nordic Extreme 

Saab 9-3SS Aero ’05

With it’s top speed on 240km/h @ 7000rpm, 500HP/550Nm (2,0bar boost pressure, ethanol) and 480hp/500Nm (petrol), and a total wight at 1120kg/2470lb(without driver), – this beast is high-speed tooled from a solid billet of pure power and adrenaline.

And here’s some of the specs..

Chassis:

  • Full rollcage by Chromoly / lightweight steel built by Bröderna Båge
  • Öhlins 3-way shock absorbers w. Öhlins coilovers front & back
  • 357mm front brake discs w. six piston brake calipers, rear ventilated Aero brake discs,Yellowstuff brake pads
  • 9×18″ ET 20 OZ Titanium racing alloys
  • Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 235/35-18 tires

Engine:

  • T8 racing engine management system by Nordic
  • Fully forged B207R 1998CC engine
  • Darton engine sleeves
  • Verdi forged rods
  • JE custom made forged pistons
  • Balance shaft deleted
  • 1200CC Bosch Impedance fuel injectors
  • Chain-driven water pump
  • Garret GTBB 30/76 turbo
  • DO88 intercooler
  • Nordic custom made extractor manifold
  • 5-speed Quaife gearbox kit with OBX slip differential

Rolf Uhr, the driver of this racecar is no stranger to Saab. Ever since he got his driver’s license back in 1971, with a Saab V4 as his first car, – he has since then been faithful towards the car brand (with the only exception of two Opel vectra’s performed in Stcs). He’s pretty much done it all, rally, rallycross, and ice rally and racing, a constant involvement in the brand in many different ways. Rolf actually stopped active competing in 2002, but since he received an invitation to join timeattack in 2015, he’s been hooked. They acquired a 9-3SS that Saab themselves had built to run as a long-lap car, and it was equipped with a 1, 9TDI diesel engine. At the end of last season they decided to replace the engine with a custom built B207R engine, and they decided to go all the way up to Pro Class at timeattacknu.se series (meaning free modifications with only requirement of street legal tires). The first race this year is held at Kinnekulle racetrack, Sweden 3rd-5th of June. 

“We’re sticking our necks out this year, and we are determined to place SAAB back on the map as a race car. And we’re planning to do that with our custom built and reinforced original Saab. “

Rolf Uhr, Nordic Performance

 

For more info, pictures and updates, follow Nordic’s journey here on Facebook

Timeattacknu.se Facebook page

Photos by APEX-FOTO

 

Russian movie of Vladimir Antonov in SU 99 Turbo Rally car

https://youtu.be/nBpl-CzXi_I

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.

More on the Turkish Delight!

 

Skärmavbild 2015-10-22 kl. 07.53.09

Photo credit AA

It used to be that SU was exclusively informed by the management by both SAAB Automobile, SWAN, and to some extent NEVS. Now we read about the possible future in Road & Track magazine and the turkish newspaper Hürriyet Daily News.

– Mr. Fikri Isik Turkish Minister of Science industry and Technology says that new car shall consist of at least 85% parts produced in Turkey. Their goal is to have extended range environmental friendly vehicles.

“All of its intellectual property rights will be Turkey’s. That’s what we mean by national,” “We bought the Saab 9-3’s intellectual property rights, but not its name,”  Işık stated

– The car will have the Cadillac BLS front design and come in sedan/saloon only and without the SAAB name.The deal was settled way back in May and NEVS has shown 3 prototype cars

According to Hürriet News there has been some hiccups on the deliveries of the prototypes. NEVS failed to deliver the Phoenix Prototypes on time and the electric car did not function properly. On may 29th TUBITAK demanded improvements on the prototypes. The only functioning prototype was the gasoline powered car. The turkish paper also mention a SUV prototype that was not delivered at all.

From the picture it looks like the prototypes has a radiator that indicates that the car might have a  petrol or diesel engine. Is that what the turks means with extended range? Another interesting question is the safety of the car. We all know that the 9-3 does not fulfill the latest safety standards for car manufactured in europe. The hood/bonnet sits to close to the engine parts and is a hazard for pedestrians. Do they have other safety regulations in Turkey? We know that NEVS built at least one prototype with a higher hood with exploding / lifting mechanism.

Great to see that at least some engineers in Trollhättan has the chance to collaborate with the turkish counterpart and we will see what name the car will be given by the turks.

Earlier this week the Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff visited Sweden as part of her nations purchase of SAAB Gripen Fighters. A big debate has been sparked on whether this sale is so good for Sweden since it consists of a lot of “giving away” of knowledge and IP (intellectual property). I hope that this is not the case with the NEVS business with the turks. But in most agreements between equal technological developed nations both parties will benefit each other with knowledge not necessarily just in monetary terms. Dealing with a counterpart with a lower technological advancement, there is always a risk that one gives away technology that was taken many years of hard labour and investment away almost for free,

Skärmavbild 2015-10-22 kl. 08.32.49

Photo Credit AA “Personally I have a hard time understanding why the even bother to put camo on a car that is not new in any way looks pretty “stupid” better having the car plain and neutral nobody would recognize it. Where do You best hide a tree? In the forest of course!

Saab Car Museum celebrates 40 years!

facebook-eventI know many of you guys has been to the Saab Car Museum (and for you that hasn’t been there – you have something to look forward to) in Trollhättan, and this year the museum actually celebrate 40 years!

Of course haven’t our dearly loved museum been at the current location since 1975, there has been some changes since then. When the museum opened the doors for the first thime it was locates in the basement of the old Saab-ANA building, in Tunhemsvägen. For you guys that has been to Trollhättan and know the area, we’re talk about the building where Brandt sell Volvo cars today, near Hjulkvarns Camping. After some years the museum was moved to the current location, and some years after the relocation the exhibition area was doubled. The next big step was in 2005 when Saab gave the the museum a makeover and opened it up the way we know it today.

As we remember from a couple of years ago, it was not obvious that the museum could celebrate 40 years –  so my challenge to all of you is to visit our museum. Not just at the big events such as the Saab festival, but why not spend some hours at the museum in the weekend or if you have a day off with no plans? Gather some friends and/or family and take a road-trip to the museum in your Saab, and just enjoy… Sounds like a perfect day for for me!

The UrSaab getting some air / Photo: http://www.facebook.com/SaabCarMuseum
The UrSaab getting some air / Photo: http://www.facebook.com/SaabCarMuseum

So the short and direct invitation from the museum goes as this:

Believe it or not, it´s 40 years since the Saab Car Museum opened its doors for the first time at Tunhemsvägen in Trollhättan in 1975. Come and celebrate with us Saturday October 24 between 11.00-16.00! We celebrate with open house, cake and coffee! Bring your Saab and your memories of 40 years of Saab enthusiasm!

If you want to read more about the history of the museum, check out the Saab Car Muesum webpage
I also want to remind people about the Saab Car Museum Support Organization, that is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote Saab Car Museums business. You will find more information here about this great way to support the museum.

So;
WHAT:  Saab Car Museum 40 years celebration
WHERE: Saab Car Museum, Trollhättan
WHEN: Saturday 24th October, 11:00-16:00

First WIN ever for a SAAB 9-3 Racing car in Swedish STCC Series

https://youtu.be/KmyKVNNme8Q

SU has written articles on the two teams racing Saab 9-3 STCC cars in the STCC Racing Series here in Sweden. Yesterday Daniel Haglöf who is not only the driver parallell to Emma Kimilänen in the PWR team but now also the team manager after that Peter “Poker” Wallenberg has stepped back. Peter is still with the team that bears his name. Daniel managed to make a dual Saab win with Göransson from the Tidö Team in second place.

This is the most important SAAB Racing victory in a very long time! Great work in the PWR Team. Congratulations! – Jörgen Trued

Thus putting the Cyan Volvo of Thed Björk in third position. But it was really close racing for that third place and if the race would have been one more lap I am convinced that the other PWR driver Finnish driver Emma Kimiläinen would have made it a trip Saab win. Let hope for that in the near future. Lets hope Daniel puts SaabsUnited on the VIP list at PWR for next season so we can do even more and in depth stories about the team and its success.

 

 

Saab Insurance – Swedish Market

logo-insuranceSince there are no Saabs manufactured for the moment, some of us cling on to what we have. That´s all right, since  a well treated Saab will run for a long time. However, there are some issues when a car come of age. One is insurance.

Most car insurances have a limit for covering repairs on the engine/machine. There is a big range here. A common limit is at a maximum of 8 years or 100´000 km. Some insurance companies stretch this up to 120´000 km or even higher in some cases. Note that the deductible may raise considerably when the car gets older (check the conditions).

There are many comparison sites in Sweden which can be used to compare car insurances. Usually you need to do some digging into the fine print to understand the limits for engine/machine damage. If this is important to you, I suggest you do. If you want objective comparison I recommend “Konsumenternas Försäkringsbyrå”. Follow this link to compare:

http://www.konsumenternas.se/forsakring/olika-forsakringar/bilforsakringar/jamfor-bilforsakringar

Note that this site only compare the content  of the insurance, not how well the insurance company actually perform at the event of an issue (except if there is a quality index). I made a call to “Konsumenternas Försäkringsbyrå”  in order to check about some of the companies with very good conditions and a very low price. Smaller, newer insurance companies have deals with subcontractors to manage the issues and they do not have a good reputation. You may also need to go to specific repair shops. If you stick with the larger companies there will be no issues getting a damage inspected or finding good repair shop. In the end, you get what you pay for.

Folksam, (one of the large insurance companies in Sweden) offer a special insurance for Saab owners. It is a bit pricey, but it covers engine/machine repairs up to 150´000 km or 8 years (which is much better than their normal deal). The deductible is also very low. A bad thing is that they add a cost if you use the car for business trips, which is something I have never experienced before.

Folksam have undoubtedly  realized that Saabs are cars that last long so it’s worth the risk to give better conditions. They also realize that they will attract Saab owners who stick with their brand. I hope more insurance companies understand and do the same (e.g. the Saab Brand Insurance offered by IF).

Prices for car insurance differ a lot depending on where you live, what car you have, how old you are and a number of other criteria. Different companies will put you in different segments depending on their specific risk calculation. I would advise you all to check for better deals each year.

Drive safe and have a good vacation!

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