Saab 99T rally graphics in Forza3

It didn’t take long ๐Ÿ™‚

Lewis is an Xbox, Forza and Saab fan, so naturally he was quick to download the new special pack that includes the Saab 99 Turbo.

He’s also been applying some custom rally livery in the classic Saab fashion…..

Looks just like the Saabs United Historic Rally Team (and a few somewhat more famous blokes from years ago, too ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I’m not an online gamer, so I don’t know exactly how these things work, but apparently you can get hold of Lewis’ work at his Forza storefront (you can look it up under lwslade).

Nice work!


You can also see video of the Saab 99T in Forza.

Wednesday Snippets – JAJ, Saab Magazine and a free Spyker C8!

The Saab Newsroom has a wonderful post from Jan-Ake Jonsson talking about their run in the 2010 Mille Miglia.

…..what made the biggest impression on me were the two magnificent vintage Saab 9-3s that we drove. What became apparent as we took to the roads was that in 1957 our designers were already producing cars with exceptional handling characteristics. The fact that we were able to keep up with cars that had 100 — 200 bhp, when we had only 50 bhp, is a fitting tribute to the talent of the designers who worked on these classic models.

It’s great reading.
I featured a Spyker C8 showing at JMK Saab in New Jersey a few days ago.
There’s a bunch more photos on Flickr and they’re well worth a look.
Thanks to Hans R for the link.
Also available in the sidebar of the newsroom is a link to a digital copy of the latest Saab Magazine.
It’s 70 pages long and has some great features on both the Saab 9-5 and the Saab 9-3x, featuring some stunning photography along the way. The non-car stuff has a focus on independent thinking and they interview seven people from different fields to get their thoughts on doing things their way.
As always, it’s a great read.
I never knew they distributed them this way, so thanks to Dippen for a link to this in comments.
Attention FORZA Motorsport gamers….
You can now download a free exotic car pack featuring the Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85 from the Forza Motorsport III website.
Looks pretty good from the screenshot:

Lego Saab 900

I was a big Lego fan when I was a kid, but Lego was pretty basic back then. I know a lot of people kept an interest in what was once just a child’s today and the addition of all sorts of electronics and custom parts means that Lego has grown up along with many of its users.
By the looks of these images, it might just be that there’s even some Lego prototyping software out there!
This model doesn’t seem to make use of any of those sophisticated motors and etc, but I could well see someone putting together a Saab from Lego that moves, steers and maybe even boosts!
From Flickr:

So, anyone ever tried this? Have photographic evidence? Send it on in.

Thursday Snippets – GM edition

Mrs Swade had a very nice birthday, thanks very much. We can highly recommend Mao’s Last Dancer. Great film.
In case you hadn’t seen it on the birthday posting:
Given that I was taking the evening off, I kept my word to the Mrs and didn’t open things up here until this morning. I’ve now just read all of your birthday wishes out loud as we had breakfast and needless to say my little blog-widow of a wife was deeply touched being the recipient of so much goodwill from all around the world.
You all have made her day, and we are both very thankful for your generosity of spirit and well wishes. It’s still October 7 in Belgium, where she was born, so technically I still read them all to her on her birthday, too!
Thanks again.

GM’s marketing maven, Mark La Neve, has decided to leave the company in mid-October.
I’m assured that he was a nice guy, but I’m also convinced he was as helpful to Saab as a cabbage. I’m sure he’ll land on his feet.
For those who are interested in GM’s progress (they’re planning an IPO next year and you might want to buy some shares – this is not advice, just an observation)

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co provided an update on its restructuring Wednesday, three months after emerging from a government-sponsored bankruptcy.
Details from GM’s progress report follow:
* To release third-quarter financial results in mid-November, preparing for initial public offering next year.
* Business plan being developed on assumption that U.S. auto industry sales will reach 11.5 million vehicles in 2010.
* Preliminary third-quarter global market share 11.9 percent, compared with 12.4 percent in 2008; U.S. market share 19.5 percent, compared with 22.1 percent in 2008.
* Expects to have 41 U.S. plants at the end of 2009, down from 47 at the end of 2008; figures exclude plants reacquired from former parts unit Delphi. GM has acquired Delphi’s global steering business and four other key plants.
* Has 49,200 U.S. hourly workers as of Wednesday, down from 62,000 at the end of 2008 but higher than planned because buyout programs were not as well-subscribed as expected.
* Has 24,300 U.S. salaried workers, down from 29,700 at the end of 2008; expects to have 23,000 to 24,000 salaried workers at the end of 2009.
* Has 5,800 U.S. dealers, down from 6,375 at the end of 2008; plans to have 5,600 at the end of 2009.
* Expects to complete the sale of its Saab and Hummer brands by the end of 2009; also working toward the sale of a controlling stake in its European Opel brand. GM will retain a 35 percent stake in Opel.

Back to some Saabier stuff for a moment:
Kevin Miller at Autosavant has written a great article on the re-emergence of the hatchback called The Shape of Things to Come. Again.
Of course, the Saab 9000 is cited as the beginnings of the high-end, five-door hatchback and Kevin runs through the various players currently introducing this configuration to their lineup.
PS – Kevin owns a nice black/orange C900 and knows his classic Saabs.
Jalopnik have two articles worth checking out today:
A video tour of Rolls Royce by National Geographic’s Ultimate Factories programme.
For the gamers……A full list of vehicles for Forza Motorsport 3. Unfortunately the rumour that we’ve heard about a possible Saab 96 inclusion amongst classic vehicles has turned out to be inaccurate. There’s a Turbo X in there, as well as a 2002 Saab 9-3.
From Twitter:

The Forza 3 fail becomes a win! The Saab Turbo X is in the game. Hopefully without the real-life depreciation…

Web humour. Don’t you just love it?
Cheer up, X owners. You’ve still got one of the most advanced and best Saabs ever made and once they’re back on their feet again, that value might even rise again. Or stabilise, at least.

Thursday Snippets – F1 and around the web edition

What a morning!
BMW quits Formula 1 (ah, that’s where ctm’s quote came from) and Schumi makes a comeback for Ferrari due to Massa trying to plant a Liverpool kiss on a piece of debris during practice.
This is going to have the guys at Sniff Petrol going bananas, I’m sure.
Some have mentioned a possible tilt at F1 by Koenigsegg, but I don’t think there’s anywhere near enough money in the pot to have a crack at something so expensive at this point, if ever.
It’s probably best for them to concentrate on the fundamentals at the moment. You know, survival, building quality Saabs, etc.
And the big question is – do car companies get real value from their efforts in F1?
…..and still on motorsport, kind of…..
The next edition of the Forza Motorsport video game for the Xbox 360 will feature the 2008 Saab 9-3 Turbo X.
It’ll also add Spain’s Catalunya circuit as well as bringing back the Nurburgring. Other cars added for this new edition will be the Alfa Brera, which may or may not lead to an R rating due to automotive pr0n.
…..and still on motorsport…..
I’m hoping to have a kinda big announcement to make about a Saab in a motorsport event, and a Saabs United tie-in. Soon.
Jalopnik have another edition of “You’re doing it wrong”
Very good.
Texting whilst driving?
I can’t believe it’s still legal.
Saab should use their eye-monitoring software to build an extendable punching fist into the dash for anyone who’s picked up by the software as texting whilst driving.
Call it an active safety feature.
Sent in by Seth H
A visual history of Saab’s logo development, which I’m quite sure is also the subject of a story somewhere on the web, too.
I guess they can now add the wordmark to this diagram as a mark of the new Koenigsegg era.

Vote Saab at GTplanet

It’s been a long time since I’ve played Gran Turismo on a Playstation. We had trouble with our playstation breaking down all the time, actually, so we ditched it in favour of an Xbox, which has proven to be totally reliable. Or so the young fella tells me; I haven’t played a video game in years now.
One that I used to love was Gran Turismo. Apparently there’s a new version in development and due for release soon. It’ll be Gran Turismo 5.
GTplanet is not an official GT site, but it looks like they’re pretty well hooked up. A browse there is quite interesting, actually. Some of the driving controls they market for playing this game are incredible. How much gaming do you have to do before you seriously consider putting one of these controllers in your living room?
GTPlanet are running a voting system where you can place your vote for a car you’d like to see in Gran Turismo. If you want to give Saab a boost, then follow these steps:

  1. Click here to go to the voting front page.
  2. Type Saab in the “I Want….” panel
  3. Select the Saab you’d like to vote for, or create one if it’s not there.
  4. Rinse and repeat. You have 20 votes to play with.

I’m not sure this carries any weight with the developers of GT. The game’s probably well and truly on the way to being finished. But if they’re smart, they pay some attention to their enthusiast communities, so it can’t hurt.
Personally, I’d vote for the 900 Aero, the Pikes Peak Viggen and the Aero-X.
Thanks Eirik!

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