Within the last 2 weeks, arrangements became apparent meaning that we will have SAABs in 2 unique motorsport championships.
The initial story emerged at the start of April, it started to be clear the fact that Swedish driver Ramona Karlsson is going to be driving a Saab 9-3 for Team Per Eklund Motorsport during this year’s FIA World Rallycross Champrionship. This is actually the very first female driver within the Supercar category, and now it is decided she will drive at least 7 of the12 rounds. She’ll obviously be on the start line in Höljes (Sweden) the very first weekend in July, and also the work is in development that she may drive a lot more than the 7 rounds that have already been decided. Henning Solberg from Norway will be the 2nd driver in the Team Per Eklund Motorsport.
The Supercar class is considered the most extreme class in Rallycross, vehicles use a 1.6- or even a 2.-litre turbocharged powerplant with about 600hp. All engines the primary auto maker has delivered in the design can be used as a platform for developing a supercar-engine, there is absolutely no standard powerplant within this class that everybody must use. The vehicle will go from -100 in about 2 seconds, and naturally they’ve all-wheel drive plus a sequential manual gearbox. Each and every car within the 2.-litre category needs to weigh at least 1320kg which includes the driver.
Now it also becomes apparent that NEVS starts collaboration with the PWR Racing Team from the STCC that’s the ….. Swedish Touring Car Championship. In an announcement the group manager at PWR, Daniel Haglöf, states that “- I’m completely thrilled we’ve been selected to run the 9-3 and represent Nevs in STCC. Both of us have got a vision for collaboration along with a discussed vision of what we anticipate within the season.” The other person who owns PWR Racing Team, Peter “Poker” Wallenberg junior, is likewise excited about this; “- Equally Nevs and PWR are fresh companies therefore we now would like to help one another develop.”
Exactly who is likely to drive the cars will probably be later on in April. “- It’s an exciting driver line-up, that much I’m able to say, and a primary reason why we would like to get involved in this venture, states Jonas Hernqvist, marketing and sales director at NEVS.”
For me personally I believe it is exciting that NEVS decide to corporate with a motorsport company, but in all probability we just can’t expect it to be just like the time with the factory-team (in which Per Eklund acquired amazing success in the 70’s), but a co-operation is a great one, and certainly an excellent way for NEVS to appear.