The Saab 900 Talladega Challenge 1996

We had written a lot about the Talladega Long Run this year. We neglected the challenge 10 years later. Before 2016 will be history, we quickly put a video on the Talladega Challenge on the blog.

Saab 900 Talladega Challenge 1996
Saab 900 Talladega Challenge 1996

In the long run, the durability of the turbo engines was in the foreground. Saab was then in attack mode and attacked with the 9000 the upper class. Then, 10 years later, the situation had turned completely.

The reputation of the 1993 900 II, which had come onto the market, was ruined permanently, the challenge was to rehabilitate it. And while 1986 only Saab employees on the steering wheel turned, were allowed a decade later, in addition to the Rally legends Erik Carlsson and Simo Lampinen and journalists in the cockpit.

The 900 II. A free dowry for GM

The problems with the 900 were caused by itself. The Swedes had basically done everything right with the 900. Almost at least ... The development in several stages has been running since 1985, the concept was ready before the entry of the Americans. With smart, Saab-typical ideas like the Blackpanel, Safeseat and Sentronic.

The drama came through the plan to adapt the concept under time pressure on an Opel platform. The trolls in the hills behind the plant are said to have laughed aloud a few days later. To put an almost finished product on a foreign floor assembly seemed to solve the missing platform problem for Saab. A basically finished car as a free dowry for the entry - which in turn found the accountant in Detroit outstanding.

What followed were misjudgments, misunderstandings, and the idea that something was coming together, which would not go together. The result: a taskforce in the factory that was drawing capacity from other projects. The resulting late launch of the 9-5, the ruined reputation of a really good and innovative car, and additional costs at unknown levels.

At some point, the story of Saab's most dramatic car comes out in detail on the blog. Today the video has to be enough. More than 10 minutes old Saab TV, which unfortunately was not always so good.

10 thoughts on "The Saab 900 Talladega Challenge 1996"

  • I have yet to save mine.
    However, an 2.0i

  • I once had such a silver 900 II with a black rear spoiler. However, this was already called 9-3. Not a bad car, until another one drove in behind me and pushed me into the front man ...

    Although in the middle of it, the SAAB looked best after that. But a total economic loss is actually a total economic loss.

  • Very nice video, Tom! Many thanks to the blog for this. At 11: 00min I had to smile; there, the unforgettable Carlsson in his speech to the team says: “Hope to see you again in the future ..” - Well, with the worse-improved B2x5 motors, it was wise not to attempt a record in 2006….

  • That's true !!

  • There is nothing to add to that .........

  • It's the best blog in the world anyway!

  • Tom, everything is fine .... ;-).

  • But that's good news! Every rescued 900 II deserves great recognition for the conservation of a threatened species!
    Unfortunately, 2016 had a lot of good topics that did not make it to release for a variety of reasons. This is regrettable, but not to change. 2017 can only get better. We work on it

  • Hello Gerd, have heard of your rescue operation before 2 days and I'm curious what you know to report about it ... good luck :-)!

  • Hi Tom,
    Since you've just got the curve, I had been wondering for some time.

    For a reason I saved a silver 902 Talladega Turbo,
    But more on that later.

    Best regards and a nice 4. Advent.

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