The things we do with 10 spare minutes…
When we were all told that Peter Gilbert, the million mile Saab guy, was going to receive a new 9-5 Aero for his trouble, Saab USA stated that anyone else who has owned a Saab from new and crosses the million miles mark this year can also have a 9-5 Aero – for free!
So, in the event that you’re one of the few that have owned your Saab since new and consider yourself a candidate for a new 9-5, here’s what you’re up against…..
As far as I can tell, your car is going to have to have a fair few miles on it already in order to even be a remote possibility at this late point of the year. But it’s only July, you say? Do the numbers and as at the time of writing there’s only 178 days left this year.
Well, if you’ve got a fairly respectible 250,000 miles on your Saab then you’re going to need to cover 750,000 miles in the next 178 days. Access to a banked oval track like Talladega would help enourmously here.
Here’s your numbers:
If you can drive for 24 hours a day at 124.xx miles per hour (200km/h) you’ll take 251 days to get your mileage up. That’s not gonna cut it. Even an extra 11 miles per hour (up to 135 mph) is only going to cut 20 days or so off your completion time.
So you’re not only going to need an oval track, you’re going to need some serious tuning. In order to cover your required 750,000 miles in 178 days you’re going to need to average around 175 miles per hour, every hour of the day, every day for the rest of the year.
Of course, this doesn’t allow time for refuelling and servicing/repairs. So all up, you’re going to need a seriously tuned Saab that you’ve owned from new, access to an oval track (would be best), a fuel truck or two and a bunch of friends willing to give up the next six months to do shifts at extraordinarily high speeds.
Your chances are much better if you’ve already driven your Saab for 500,000 miles.
In this case you need to average an attainable 117 miles per hour for the rest of the year. Non-stop.
I looked up a few high-mileage Saabs when this offer was first made and I think the highest I found had done around 650,000 miles, leaving another 350,000 to go.
If this guy’s owned his car since new then he could go secure a track with his buddies and do it at an almost pedestrian 82mph. Or if he sped things up and did it at 124.xx mph then they could all be finished and back home by the end of October!
Even if our 350,000 miler averaged 35mpg for the journey he’d be up for 10,000 gallons of fuel. At an average price of around $2.90 per gallon he’d be looking at $29,000.
BUT THE BRAGGING RIGHTS WOULD BE ENORMOUS……RIGHT, PETE?
So what are you waiting for – get driving! Time’s a wasting.