At the end of the week, a deep grip on the Saab Film Archive. Saab 9000 CC Turbo without TCS, versus CC with TCS system. Saab tests traction control on snowy, wintry roads. And lets the turbo needle shake ...
Electronic traction control for the first time in the Saab 9000 CC Turbo
The innovation of electronic traction control 1986 was introduced by Mercedes for the first time in the W126 series. In the late 80er years, the electronic helper then moved into a broad front at other brands. High-powered sedans driven on the front wheels had problems with traction. So does the Saab 9000 Turbo. Although Saab had a lot of front-wheel drive expertise and was superior to some other manufacturers, the turbo's high torque took its toll.
Especially on wet or snowy roads, the front wheels like to turn at full power. Only a sensitive dosed accelerator helped - or even the TCS. The film shown is a commissioned production of Saab Germany. The video is not dated and comes from an agency in Offenbach. He probably comes from the year 1989. At that time Saab brought the 2.3 liter on the market, and a production of the agency for this engine can be found on the same tape.
The advantages of TCS on snowy roads are impressively demonstrated. While the Turbo needle deflects heavily in the 9000 CC Turbo without TCS, the Saab with TCS runs completely relaxed and with low boost pressure. No wheels turn, the steering wheel stays calm. Saab TCS was a sensible innovation for powerful turbos.
The TCS system is aging and causing problems
Meanwhile, the system has gotten old. It is one of the few electronic components that can cause problems in this series. If you are traveling with an 9000, you will most likely buy a model that does not have a TCS. The video was provided to us by Saab Service Frankfurt for digitization, for which we and thank!