After showing the 9-7x Aero concept at SEMA last year, Saab is absent from the aftermarket show this year, which doesn’t disappoint too many people.
But perhaps Saab are there in spirit.
This Chevy hotrod is powered by a 2.0 litre Ecotec engine running on E85 and is tuned to produce 500hp. An Ecotec 2-litre E85 engine – sound familiar?
Channel 4 in the UK go so far as to specifically call it Saab sourced, though I haven’t seen that written anywhere else. This is kind of heartening, though:
GM Performance Division director Al Oppenheiser adds: ‘The engine was built using the basic recipe that is available in the Ecotec performance book available from GM Performance Parts. Also, the E85 conversion is based on a kit that GM is exploring for regular production engines.’
….which makes me wonder – what other 2.0 Ecotec performance solutions are out there in GM-land in the US that people could apply to their 2.0T Saab 9-3s? I know when I’ve looked at the GM performance sites previously there’s been no specific mention of Saab, but I’m pretty sure there’s Ecotec stuff there.
And here’s a look at SEMA that shows wy it’s not a bad idea to be there. From an aftermarket point of view it’d be a great place to promote Hirsch should it ever make it to the US:
SEMA by the numbers:
Exhibit size: 1 million square feet
New products unveiled: 1,200
Annual car aftermarket sales: $36.7 billion
That’s a big pie. Not having an aftermarket offering at all – wisdom?