Saab's Swedish Touring Car Championship Future Uncertain
The guys at TouringCarTimes.com report than the future of the Dealer Sport Saab STCC team is in the balance right now. The car is built and ready to go for the 2009 season, but support funding may be lacking in the wake of GM trying to make the carmaker an independent entity. Read more after the jump.
January 26, 2009
JL Racing Displays 9-3 Touring Car at Canadian Motorsport Expo
Our neighbors to the north take racing seriously. Ontario-based JL Racing showed off their E85-fueled 9-3 racer, which ran the 2008 season in the Canadian Touring Car Championship series, at the recent Caanadian Motorsport Expo. You can follow the team's 2009 progress at JLRacing.net
It'd be hard to top last years 10th running of the Gumball 3000 - a road rally / rager that trekked from San Francisco to the Beijing Olympics. This year, the race will go with a true red, white and blue them and travel across the United States, from L.A. to Miami.
We've just learned that a Saab 9-5 SportCombi BioPower will be joining the fun. We don't know much about the team yet other than just two photos found on the Gumball 3000 website. We doubt that there's any factory involvement, but we're looking into it.
The trial certainly won't be an easy one for the Saab, competing against the likes of Porsche 911 Turbos, Lamborghini Gallardos and even a Bugatti Veyron. To top that off (pardon the pun), the 9-5 is a BioPower and E85 isn't exactly available at every corner gas station in the States. More to come as we hear it, but for now read all about the Gumball 3000 at its official website after the jump.
December 26, 2008
TouringCarTimes Editor on Why Bio-Gas for the STCC
Saab's factory backing of the developing 9-3 BioPower team may be off the table given the current financial state of Saab, but the team is still said to be carrying forward. A column published on TouringCarTimes addresses the theme of Bio-Gas in the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC). There's no mention of Saab, but the theme certainly applies and it shows Sweden's leadership on pushing Bio-fuels. More after the jump.
Check out this photo we found over at SaabHuy. The vintage Saab 96 V4 rally racer you see here belongs to Swedish rally racer Göran Svensson. As you can see, Svensson doesn't really baby his antique racecar. Even more astonishing is the reaction of people in the background... some put their hands to their cheeks in dismay but none seem to be flinching or running considering there's a car flipping end over end just meters away. Check out this shot in high(er) res and another non-flipping shot of the car in action after the jump.
We'd been reporting on the Saab 9-3 touring car program being readied for next year's Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC). Word from TouringCarTimes is that Saab will not officially back the Dealer Team campaign of the 9-3. Team representatives mention on TCT that they still intend to compete even without factory backing. Withdrawing from motorsport projects for the upcoming season will likely be a popular move in an effort to cut extraneous costs in tough times. Just today, Audi has pulled its diesel prototype program from the American Le Mans Series and Honda has announced its withdrawl from Formula 1. More on the Saab program's status after the jump.
She may have been surrounded by racing greats such as brother Sterling Moss and husband Erik Carlsson, but Pat Moss was legendary in her own right. Both a prominent horsewoman and rally car driver. Pat Moss pioneered in a world not-so open to women drivers as the motorsport arena is to modern contestants like Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Vanina Ickx and the like. Moss was no stranger to Saab, having contested the '64 and '65 seasons rallying for the marque. Moss passed on at the age of 73 and is survived by her illustrious husband Erik Carlsson. Pat Moss will be missed.
We've found a few cool videos of the new 9-3 BioPower touring car racecar on YouTube here, here and here. If you're like us, you're eagerly anticipating a real racing debut for the car in next year's STCC championship and maybe even a bid for the Europe-wide World Touring Car Championship.
The folks over at TouringCar Times have published coverage and photos of the 9-3 BioPower racecar being prepped for next year's Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) and its demonstration laps completed at last weekend's race event at Mantorp Park. More after the jump.
Per Ecklund has had his last race of the season and did quite well. The race weekend marked a mix of weather, though consistent placement for our favorite Saab 9-3 rally driver. More at Ecklund's blog after the jump.
Last week TouringCarTimes broke the story of a Saab 9-3 BioPower that's being tested and prepped for competition in the 2009 Swedish Touring Car Championship. While the team has yet to release official details or pics to the mainstream press yet, we've dug up some new shots of the car when it showed up for further testing at the STCC finale this past weekend over on Garaget (thanks TrollhattanSaab for the tip).
Also worth noting when talking about the STCC, Volvo recently took their C30 STCC entrant to compete in the more widely followed World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) that holds races throughout Europe but shares largely the same rules. Could Saab do the same?
It appears as if Saab is about to jump into touring car racing. The Swedish Touring Car Championship and TouringCarTimes are both comfirming the intent of team 'Dealer Sport' (formerly Opel Team Sweden running an Opel Astra) has just completed a shakedown at Saab's test track in Trollhattan and plans another test at the final STCC race at Mantorp Park this coming weekend.
The 9-3 in question will run a two-liter BioEthanol four-cylinder mated to a 6-speed sequential sourced from X-trac and is expected to campaign next season. The TCT piece didn't confirm factory involvement from Saab, but the fact that they're testing at Trollhattan certainly leads one to believe Saab is on board.
Running this past weekend at the European Rallycross round at the Slomczyn track in Poland, Per Ecklund and his Saab BioPower 9-3 team experienced some difficulties. After a strong run in practice sessions, though a lost wheel during the race left him 22nd overall.
The longtime Saab rallycrosser Per Ecklund took part in the European Rallycross Race in the Czech Republic this past weekend. At the wheel of his red 9-3 sedan, Eklund nailed 9th in the event. You can find more detailed info, more pics and a video on Eklund's blog.