The Nordic Special Saloon Championships, the Saab 900 Turbo Super Saloon and the Flying Finn. Today both are almost completely forgotten. They wanted to write motorsport history together in the mid-80s. In 1985 the Nordic Super Saloon Championships started in Scandinavia.
8 races in three countries.
The new series was to appear in Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Saab saw the best conditions to score points on the Scandinavian markets. Earlier motorsport successes had faded, a little fresh shine couldn't hurt the brand. In Trollhättan, a monster with lots of spoilers was designed, the Saab 900 Turbo Super Saloon.
Since otherwise only private teams competed, great opportunities were expected. The Finn Leo Juhani “Leksa” Kinnunen was hired as the driver. He had the high point of his career behind him, but was still active in motorsport at local rally events. Kinnunen was known as the “Flying Finn” and had ridden almost everything that was possible. He was often on the road on behalf of Porsche; he had won the Nordic Challenge Cup in 1969 and the Interseries in the Triple from 1971 to 73.
At the Targa Florio he set an all-time record with a Porsche 908, and in 1971 he dared a brief interlude in Formula 1.
The Saab 1985 Turbo Super Saloon was launched in May 900.
And does not arrive. The first race in Ahvenisto, Finland, was a disaster, the big dreams threatened to vanish into thin air. It continues in this way, the Saab team cannot get a grip on technical problems. At the end of the season it looks sobering. Eight races have been driven, the 900 Turbo does not finish in six of them. Two finishings with a 6th and a 9th place can't gloss over the embarrassment.
The 1986 season takes place without the Saab factory team. The Saab 900 Turbo Super Saloon disappears from the stage. The racing series lasted until 1988, was renamed and disappeared completely at the end of the 1992 season.
Searching for clues today is difficult. It's as if the car never existed. Maybe it's in a collection or it was scrapped at the factory. Even the biography of the flying Finn, who died in 2017, hides the episode from 1985.
AutoCult brings the Saab back.
The company specializes in niche projects and long-forgotten projects. It keeps bringing amazing miniatures to the market. Like the Saab 900 Turbo Super Saloon from 1985, with which the flying Finn was on the road for one summer.
The model car from AutoCult comes in a collector's scale 1:43, its edition is only 333 copies. It is available from specialist retailers and online.