UPDATE! Hi-RES: SAAB 9-3 STCC Racing on Mantorp


Video filmed from a Sony Z Ultra with a iPhone 6. Video by SVT

Right now the 2nd round of the STCC series is on Mantorp Park Raceway. Björn Wirdheim had been in 3rd the whole heat. In the last corner comes the attack on the Seat. The race tonight can be seen on SVT Play live on the web. Not shure if you guys outside sweden can see this.

Saabsunited has a proud heritage in rally and racing and will follow the series this season. At least one race will be covered by me. Yes I will wear my Saabsunited Historic Rally Team jacket. GOOD luck ūüćÄ Bj√∂rn and the other Saab drivers.

TTA – Racing Elite first Tests

It is along time since my last post, but I thought It’s time to give you an update on the preparation for the Swedish TTA Racing championship.

Next weekend the first race of the Swedish TTA RAing elite league will start on the Karlskoga circuit. In the meantime from May 2 till May 5 some test runs have been done on the Anderstorp Raceway and the Karlskoga Motorstadion. The test have shown that the teams and drivers are quite even, which means that all the reaces will very interesting.

This are the three diferent colours that I will like to see in the podium in all, or at least most of the races.

Both drivers, Robin Rudholm (car #2) and Mattias Andersson (car #20) of the Flash Engineering team will be driving a 9-3 with this white blue red livery.

Linus Ohlsson (car #3) from team Tidö will be driving a black 9-3 with golden letters.

And Daniel Hangölf (car #37) also from team Tidö will be sporting this black&white livery.

(BTW, I was very surprised to hear that Poker Wallenberg Jr. is behind team Tidö.)

I like the black and golden livery most, it remembers me from the old JpS F1 Lotus team and I’m looking forward how the Saab drivers will perform, also hoping that we then will know about the future of the Saab brand as a car manufacturer.

And for the ones that like the sound of speed, a short film of the first test days after the jump.

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TTA Swedish Racing Elite League

Today we have reported on a Team that is going to compete on a Swedish touring car series with a Saab car. Many were impressed by the pictures of a slightly wider 9-3 with racing livery and a big rear wing.

Some have already explained, that the TTA Swedish Racing Elite League a bit of a farce is because in reality it is only a common chassis with common aerodynamics and a common power train but with a different silhouette emulating different cars that race against each other, and not different cars from different manufacturers with their own power train and a chassis.

Currently Saab is in a very weak position, and the fact that one of the main teams in that competition have decided to use the Saab 9-3 silhouette instead of an AUDI/Honda/Alfa/Chevrolet, you name it, is a big honour for Saab. Further the teams competing with the Saab livery will have much more chances to make it on the podium or win races than any “true” Saab could have now. And at last but not least, on May 12 the competition will start and the last race will be on September 29. If the acquisition of Saab is prosperous, this will help polish the image of Saab, if it is not Swedish Saab fans will at least have some moments of joy.

So if you are interested in this race competition, I’ve prepared some facts after the jump.

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Saab 96 retro rally project wants your input

We’ve seen some good retro-Saab ideas that were pretty much just photoshop ideas.
This is something different. This is something that someone really plans to build using a Saab 9-3 convertible as a base.
The project is being publicised and promoted by our mate Etienne from Belgium. Here’s the thrust of it:

It’s a modern reinterpretation of the 1960’s Saab 96 which will be built on a convertible 9-3’s platform. At this moment the project is only a sketch but this English company mean to develop a drivable prototype with 300hp that will be shown at the 2011 Goodwood festival of speed, to celebrate the jubilee of Erik Carlsson’s second victory in the 1961 RAC rally with the 96 number 1.

If the project goes ahead, it will be built by Snetterton Memories Ltd, and English company who specialise in designing and building vehicles inspired by prestigious popular ‘old-time cars’.
A website has been setup for this project and here’s the last paragraph:

The project is absolutely a private matter between Snetterton Memories Ltd and its designer Vincent Maréchal, and they hope to see this project become reality. You can help by showing your interest here. Your valued comments on this blog could very well help to see this project become reality.

So please head on over to the website and provide your thoughts.
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Saab Performance – entry into the Swedish Touring Car Championship

Following on from rumours of its development last year and a bit of uncertainty as to whether or not this project would actually get off the ground, the Dealer Sport team finally unveilied their Saab 9-3 BioPower entry into the 2009 Swedish Touring Car Championship.
The team displayed the car yesterday at the Saab Museum in Trollhattan:
TTELA covered the story, and Dippen has provided a quick translation of that article:

Saab and racing have gone hand in hand for many years and the interest is big.
– “What can be more suitable than to show the car here in Trollh√§ttan”, says Jan Warnestad ,the chief for the Dealer Sport Saab Performance team.
A lot of invited people took the chance to see the new Saab 9-3 that will compete in the STCC series this year.
This is a project that was kept in secrecy before the unveiling in 2008 at Mantorp Park.
– “We started the project in March 2008 and we kept silent about it”, says Warnestad
The car has been built in Trollhättan at the prototype workshop but it is nowdays located at Dealer Sport Saab Performance in Karlstad. Now there will be more tests before the premiere
Jan Warnestad has sold Opel in Karlstad since 1977 and knows what racing means for a car dealer.
– “In 1980 Anders Kull√§ng won the Swedish Rally in a Opel Ascona, that got me interested in racing”
29 years later he is team chief for the new Saab team.
– Thoughts about building a Saab 9-3 has been for a long time, but it took some
time for the idea to become reality.
In the new car there is something in common between Saab and Opel. The STCC-Saab has a lot of technical parts from the Opel Astra that Tommy Rustad drove in 2007.

The Dealer Sport has a website, available in both Swedish and English, and located at www.saabperformance.se
Here’s a rundown on theior car, taken from that website. The STCC series starts on May 2nd with a meeting at Mantorp Park. I’ll cover whatever news comes out of it.
Good luck to the Dealer Sport team!!!

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