Saab Turbo Club of Sweden – A Track Day

Hi everyone!

One of our members in the Saab Turbo Club of Sweden, Mikael Öhrman (mioh), have been very nice and put up this great movie from our latest track day within the Saab Turbo Club of Sweden.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWthmcKfefQ&feature=youtu.be

The movie shows many glimts on what we are doing when it comes to a track day.

How we in the steering board of STCS, together with our friends in the Racecrew, are preparing the track the day before.

Then some of the activities we are preforming during a track day.

Many thanks to Mikael Öhrman for the movie!

 

Best Regards
Michael Törnros
President of Saab Turbo Club of Sweden

Monday Snippets – Valentines edition

It’s been a public holiday here in Hobart and with the beautiful conditions we’ve had today, I hope you’ll forgive me for having made the most of it and enjoying they day. The Wooden Boat Festival was fantastic.

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It’s also Valentines Day, an occasion we’ve never covered from a Saaby perspective.

Do you have any Valentines Day Saab stories that are fit for sharing? Did you drive off from your wedding with cans a-clunking from your Saab? Shared a memorable romantic drive? Meet your partner at a Saaby event? Have you ever given/received any Saaby gifts for Valentines day and if so, what sort of punishment did you receive?

It doesn’t have to have happened on V-day, any slightly romantic Saaby story will do.

Send in your stories (photos welcome) and I’ll share them all together later in the week. They can be inspiration for next year 🙂

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Congratulations to Nicola on picking up his new Saab 9-5 2.0T Aero. It’s his fifth Saab and the tenth new one in his family since 1982!

10 points to the film buff who can tell me the name of the road the photos were taken on, and the 1960s film it’s famous for (some crazy driving!).

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Can you imagine a top-ten list where a Saab finishes above a Ford Mustang, a Mitsubishi Evo, a Ferrari F40 and a Bugatti Veyron?

Popular Mechanics has paid tribute to some of the pioneering cars of the turbocharging era. The Saab 99 Turbo is second, with only the Porsche 911 Turbo before it.

It’s a fantastic list and well worth reading.

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Some fact on Superbowl advertising……

Car ads were four of the top 10 most watched ads during the Superbowl.

Car ads were five of the top 10 most likes ads shown during the Superbowl.

But sadly….

Car ads were zero of the top 10 ads from the Superbowl with the best recall.

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And finally, spotted by Jos on Twitter……

Turbocharging: How do you say ‘I told you so’ without being smug?

Here’s a story that’ll frustrate the socks off a Saab fan both for the lack of recognition Saab gets in it, and for the lack ownership Saab has over the turbocharging landscape.
If there was ever a design/engineering element that Saab could and should have dominated in terms of market recognition, it’s turbocharging. Saab were the first to make it reliable and widespread in a ‘regular’ family car. Saab have had, for decades now, the biggest penetration of turbocharged vehicles amongst its lineup.
It’s an element of Saab vehicles that owners love and having driven cars with turbos fitted, I’d have a very hard time going back to a non-turbo vehicle as a regular driver. I know many of you would most likely feel the same.
So when you read an article on Turbocharging being the way of the future and there’s no mention of who’s done it most in the past, it’s more than a little frustrating.

Turbochargers, best known for making cars go faster, are taking a lead in the race to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to motor industry officials.
“Turbo is no longer only for boy racers,” insists Ulrich Hackenberg, Volkswagen Group board member in charge of research and development.
“It offers a new way of downsizing,” he says, pointing to how turbo helps carmakers switch to smaller, less thirsty engines with lower emissions that nevertheless deliver “more power, more torque and more driving fun”.

This is what Saab have been telling the market for years, so it’s frustrating to see a story come from the BBC (the UK’s a good Saab market) that focuses on VW and BMW when talking about turbocharging.
I guess the bigger question might be whether or not Saab can re-establish some ‘ownership’ when it comes to turbocharging. As you’ll see in the BBC story, it’s an area of vehicle engineering that coming more and more into the light. Companies will likely be talking about it more and it’d be good if Saab could get their name associated with the ‘Turbo’ badge again.
Maybe an ad featuring a clip from that old Saab Turbo film in the 1970s?
Can Saab re-establish their turbo credentials or is it too late? And does it even matter anymore?
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Thanks to Terry for the link!

Volvo and BMW to go the Saab way

Saab have rooted their entire post-1977 existence around smaller, more powerful engines that perform like engines with much larger displacement. It’s therefore pretty discouraging to see them struggle so much with little support when other, larger companies are announcing that they’re going to follow Saab’s lead some 30+ years later.
Auto Motor and Sport reported earlier this week that Volvo are looking at designing their future around advanced turbocharged four cylinder engines and abandoning some of their bigger engines in the process.
This from Motor Trend:

According to Auto Motor Und Sport, anonymous sources within Volvo say that the company is abandoning five-, six- and eight-cylinder engines in favor of highly advanced four-cylinders. The sources say that Volvo is doing this to meet strict European emissions standards that call for just 120 g/km of CO2 emissions by 2015 and a mere 95 g/km of CO2 by 2020. Volvo apparently thinks that four-cylinder gas and diesel engines with all the latest fuel-saving, emissions-cleaning technology is the way to go.

Volvo have been making turbos for a while now, so this may not be so unexpected or such a divergence from type.
But BMW have been involved with turbos for only a short time. Whilst they’re 3 litre twin-turbo six has been an outstanding success for them, one could be forgiven for thinking they’d keep their M division normally aspirated.
Apparently not:

….BMW has begun development of the next generation 3 Series and 1 Series, both due for a redesign in 2013, and according to Ludwig Willisch, BMW’s M division CEO, new turbocharged engines are on the horizon for the next M3 and 1 Series M (not, we repeat not, to be dubbed the M1).
A turbo’d six-cylinder will likely replace the 4.0-liter V8 currently fitted to the M3, although BMW hasn’t decided if it will use a straight-six or a V6 powerplant…..
….As for the 1 series, there won’t be an M version per se, but BMW’s in-house tuning division wants to recapture the magic of the original E30 M3 by developing a smaller, lighter coupe to slot in below the next M3. As reported previously, a twin-turbocharged four-cylinder will likely power the new coupe, and according to Willisch, the automaker is aiming for something that puts out around 300 hp and weighs around 2,860 pounds

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Saab should have well and truly “owned” turbocharging some time ago.
They’ve still got 30 years of history with the technology, however, and can still build a case for this to be their calling card in the future as long as they have the right product and marketing.
The window of opportunity won’t remain open forever, though. It’s just another reason why Saab’s future plans could be a success if only they can get the investor and government support they need.

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