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EXTREME SAAB 9-3 AERO SPORT SEDAN TO DEBUT IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP .... A potent, 550 bhp Saab 9-3 Aero Sport Sedan will be unleashed by Swedish rallycross champion Per Eklund in his pursuit of the 2005 European Rallycross Championship. The extreme, all-wheel-drive Aero, which can accelerate to 100 kph faster than a Formula One car, has been developed in co-operation with Saab Automobile and is sponsored by Clarion and Shell. It is the first rallycross application for the 9-3 Aero Sport Sedan and replaces Eklund's previous 9-3 hatchback model, in which he won the 2000 European championship and last year's Swedish series.



The Sport Sedan bodyshape provides improved aerodynamics, with less drag resistance and lower high-speed lift forces. The car's revised suspension geometry, allowing wider front and rear tracks, and its longer wheelbase are also expected to give better handling and stability. Using carbon fiber and other lightweight materials, Eklund's team have also been able for the first time to meet the European championship's minimum weight requirement, 1200 kilos this year, putting their car on an equal footing with competitors using WRC-based cars. The Saab 2-0-liter engine, developed by local engine tuner Trollspeed, punches out a remarkable 550 bhp and 750 Nm peak torque, despite the presence of a mandatory 45mm air restrictor. The all-wheel-drive transmission gives even more impressive traction, catapulting the car to 100 kph from a standing start in just 2.2 seconds, about a second faster than a current Formula One car.

Wow! :eek:
 

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That sounds to good to be true. We definitely need pictures of this super rally car.
 

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Here we go



Technical specifications of all-wheel-drive Saab 9-3 Turbo engine: Longitudinally mounted, four-cylinder, 16-valve with twin overhead camshafts, Garrett turbocharger with 45mm restrictor (to meet the competition rules), and intercooler. Displacement: 2.0 liters Bore/stroke: 92/77mm Compression ratio: 9.0:1 Original Saab engine block and cylinder head Engine tuned by Trollspeed of Trollhattan Rating: 550-600 hp at 6500 rpm Peak torque: 592 ft.-lb. at 4000 rpm Transmission: Four-wheel drive with programmable active differentials and six-speed Prodrive gearbox Weight: 2574 pounds 0-60 mph: Under 2.5 seconds Top speed: 124-155 mph, depending on the drivetrain ratio
 

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All wheel drive... hmmm... I likey. Wow, the car must be geared very low with a top speed of 128-155.

So is this the old 2.0 liter engine, or the ecotec in our cars?
 

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boogyman said:
We definitely need pictures of this super rally car.
Rallycross.......not rally, that's for girls:lol:

Rallycross, the greatest motorsport on Earth....:cheesy:

It even looks like Per has actually got a few genuine Saab parts on this years car, although this is not a genuine 9-3SS by any stretch of the imagination;)

Top bloke is Per, got to meet him on a few occasions....:cool:

(Those links posted above about the oily bits appear to be links to details of his old shape 9-3 from about 5 years back, rather than this new 9-3SS. Although he will have used some carry over components)
 

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Whiteyfoo said:
Seems Per is using the engine, and running gear from his previous generation 9-3.
Actually I meant to put the ;) in the previous post regarding some carry over components, as it was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, as the some is really most mechanicals transplanted into the new 9-3SS shell. If you can call it a 9-3SS shell with the removable carbon fibre/kevlar floorpan and other drastic mods to fit all that running gear into etc...;)

However, I do seem to recall reading an article somewhere last year that hinted at the engine being based on the new Saab/Opel Ecotec block/head, but I can't be sure.....:confused: :confused:
But seeing the Trollspeed stickers on the sills would indicate perhaps he has stayed with the 'proper' engine....:cheesy:
 
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