Aero-X Super Gallery

I got an email from Bjoern this morning. What a weekend he had!

My Saab Dealer opened a new location and had the Aero-X as a “customer magnet” and special feature. And as I’m quite good with them I could do what ever I wanted. So… I took pictures of the car, the wheel, the rims, the cockpit, the opening of the canopy, the paddles, the “trunk” and so on. I even shot a few pictures of the “secret” area in the back, left to the “drawer trunk”. Where the car is been switched and controlled for stuff like “driving” and “exhibition” and it has a CAN-Bus Interface there. Sadly it’s quite hard to take a full photo there. But still I got a shot of a bit of the controls. I even did a shot of the opened “middle” panel below the Start-button/canopy switch with the fuses and some driving buttons.

With Bjoern’s permission, I’ve reproduced a few photos below and you can visit the full gallery here. A word of warning, though….there’s 500+ photos there and he does have a bandwidth limit on the gallery, so it may have to be taken down temporarily if the traffic gets too thick.

There’s many reproductions in the photos as Bjoern took extra shots of everything just to make sure all bases were covered. There’s your classic static shots of the Aero-X on display, but more interesting to me were the shots of them moving the car out of the showroom and into the transport truck.

The Aero-X does appear to be moving under it’s own power and I’m sure the 400hp E100 engine shot it up those ramps in a millisecond!! It’s amazing Bjoern was able to photograph it – he must have a very fast camera πŸ˜‰

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For those of you who haven’t seen it, this seems like an appropriate time to re-post my own experience with the Aero-X at the Sydney International Motor Show last year.

I’m sure the sense of wonder you’ll see on my face is pretty similar to that which will be plastered all over Bjoern’s face for the next few days.

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10 Comments

  1. Hi Swade,
    I have a Nikon D70. πŸ˜‰ Fast enough.

    Regarding the driving of the car: Yes, it was driving on it’s own. But I guess it’s a normal engine and not the 400 hp engine. I got the info that the exaust is only a dummy. The true exaust are somewhere hidden below the body. Still it had a very nice and powerfull sound when the engine was running.

    They had a few problems first as the doors didn’t wanted to close properly. The problem is that the car only starts when fully closed and “sealed”. Still…everything else seemed to work: Displays, gauges, tft screens in the center console right above the “start” button/canopy control. Even the gear switching (it’s an automatic) via the “canopy” switch worked. The driver could push and pull it back and forward.
    I guess you won’t be able to take long turns with it without blowing the engine or damaging something. But it’s enough to transport it on the exhibition area.
    The car is currently on the way to Amsterdam for an exhibition and after that it will be shown in Leipzig at the AMI I guess.
    The truck driver and Aero-X “chauffeur” is a very friendly swedish fella. It was fun and interessting to talk to him and hear the storys about the Aero-X. He says that the Aero-X is allways the big happening, where ever he is with it.

  2. Yeah, I know. I was only kidding about the engine bit. Didn’t express it as well as I should have, I think.

    As I mentioned to you via email, Bjoern, the guy who was accompanying the Aero-X here in Australia said it was the best finished concpet car he’s worked with over the last 6 or 7 years. High praise.

    Thanks again!

  3. Just one thing that I forgot. (Sorry Swade, I hope it won’t fall into the category spam πŸ˜‰ ):
    Just like they do it on the Oscar Show…

    I would like to thank:
    – All people at Saab for doing the best cars in the world and the best concept car ever in my opinion.
    – The Saab Aero-X designers and engineers… you all did a fantastic job!
    – My Saab Dealer for letting me do the photos, even though they had the openening party there and giving me a kind of VIP Status. πŸ˜‰
    – Swade for giving the community such a great place and blog! Keep it up.
    – All Saab Fans all over the world for waving when passing a Saab and spreading the word and keeping the spirit.

    I just had to say it! πŸ˜‰

  4. The world would be a better place if Saab made that car.

    Even if they de-conceptify (my own word) it, put in a regular dash, regular doors, etc, the sky would be a little bit bluer…..at least over my driveway. πŸ™‚

  5. Eggs, the bit where the tape is in that photo is usually covered up by some sort of fascia. It’s just a great warts-n-all photo. In the gallery there’s also some pics of the controls inside the pop-out trunk/drawer area that allow secondary control over the canopy and the dash displays etc.

    All good stuff that the press releases never show you.

  6. I will put a detail view of the trunk controls and the center console in the gallery later, as soon as I’m home. In the original photo there are more details.

  7. Hi again…

    I uploaded a few detail shots of the “secret” areas of the Aero-X. Part of the controls on the left of the “trunk drawer” and a picture with parts of the controls and fuses in the center tunnel below the start button.
    The last one is a picture of the cockpit elements in driving mode and not in demo mode.
    Link: http://bilder.bitcams.de/index.php?list=58

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