Every Saab fan knows the Talladega Long Run. Or almost everyone. The younger Saab drivers probably will not be among us.
The Talladega story, part of the Saab legend, so again in short form.
The Talladega racetrack is located in the US, in the state of Alabama. To prove the durability of the Saab turbo engines in the then new Saab 9000, Saab 1986 sent three fully standard 9000 Turbo cars to the 100.000 Kilometer Marathon in the USA. Shortly before that, the Ingolstadt-based brand in Talladega had caught a bloody nose and used it to heat up the non-fully-inflated Audi turbo engines.
Saab wanted to do better. At that time, apart from Audi, there was no model in the luxury class focused on turbo engines. An extreme long-term load of turbo-charged gasoline engines over a very long distance had not been successfully passed before the Swedes.
The Saab 9000 Turbo drove 20 days in continuous operation. 100.000 kilometers, one stop only to change drivers and for inspection. Well, yes and to the refueling stop. All three of the 9000 competed completed the route under the critical scrutiny of the race commissioners. The fastest Saab 9000 achieved an average speed of 213,299 km / h. The “Talladega Long Run” continued part of the Saab Turbo legend.
10 years later, 1996 repeated the carmaker from Trollhättan the record run. It took six standard Saab 900 from the bands, three Saab 900 2.0 Turbo, two Saab 900 V6 and a Saab 900 2.0i.
The 900i is the Saab number 6 in our pictures. Each car returned 40.000 Km on the course, 40 records were set and the average speed of the fastest participating Saab 900 is 226.4 km / h.
Saab 900 Talladega number 6, a 2.0 liter with 131 hp, went to the Saab Museum in Trollhättan after the record drive and was loaned to Germany in 2008. He is now standing on a Saab Germany site and appears quite unnoticed, which we think is a shame.
The 900 Talladega is one of the classics in the stock of Saab Germany and is a piece of the Saab legend.
Like the Trollhättan brand, he hopes for better times with us. Maybe it will be restored and will soon be back in the showroom or loaned to dealers. He deserves it.