If I told you back in 2002 that there’d be a Swedish-made hatch racing on E85 in the Swedish Touring Car Championship in five year’s time……
I know I’ve called for Per Eklund to hand in his keys recently and coach a new, upcoming driver. I still think that’s a better path at this point. But what I’d really love to see is even more basic than that. It’s a meaningful commitment to motorsport on Saab’s part.
They do have a motorsport department over there in Sweden. I met the head of that department earlier this year in Trollhattan. But my guess is that he doesn’t have much of a budget to work with. And truth be told, Saab don’t really have a car to work with for motorsport at an international level.
Like me, I’m sure most of you are eagerly awaiting the coming 9-1. Hopefully, a smaller, more agile Saab might lend itself to being thrown around a little.
Right now, those conservatives down the road in Gothenberg are preparing a C30 running on ethanol to race in the Swedish Touring Car Championship. Like I said at the start, if I told you that five years ago without mentioning the manufacturer’s name, you’d have sweared that it’d be a Saab.
Here’s hoping that some day that’ll be the case again. Saab built a heritage on motorsport and could use that shot of inspiration on a bigger level once again.
Until then, here’s an edited look at what Per managed just five short years ago…. If you’d like to watch a fuller video and read the press release that covered the race, click here.