We had written a lot about the Talladega Long Run that year. Ten years later we have neglected the challenge. Before 10 will be history, we will quickly put a video about the Talladega Challenge on the blog.
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 self-caused. In principle, the Swedes did everything right with the 900. Almost at least ... The development in several stages had been going on since 1985, the concept was ready before the Americans got involved. With intelligent, Saab-typical ideas such as the Blackpanel, Safeseat and Sentronic.
The drama came from the plan to adapt the concept to an Opel platform under time pressure. The trolls in the hills behind the plant are said to have laughed out loud about it days later. Putting an almost finished product on someone else's floor pan seemed to solve the problem of the missing platform for Saab. A basically finished car as a free dowry to get started - that, in turn, was what the accountants in Detroit found excellent.
What followed were misjudgments, misunderstandings, and the suspicion that something was coming together that would not fit together. The result: a task force at the plant that withdrew capacities from other projects. The resulting delayed market launch of the 9-5, the ruined reputation of an actually very good and innovative car, and additional costs of unknown amounts.
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.