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Some people never can let go. Of course Saab had a most outstanding rally career with unusual cars. Well, their cars always looked unique and unmistakable. In rallying also their engines were unusual. The variety ranges from 2-stroke engines with 2-cylinders and 3-cylinders, via a rare V4 shaped 4-stroke and on the Swedish Rally 1979 Saab made history when they became the first brand to win a WRC event with a turbo charged car! However for Saab marketing and budget it was always important to show off with something close to the road product, and despite being a Swedish manufacturer where there is enough snow, Saab's strategy was always anti-4x4, a good FWD does the job. However from the 1980s in WRC you needed 4x4 and Saab understandably was not ready to throw much more bucks at a car concept that did not compare to their road product and not fit their marketing. So Saab, one of the car makers most loyal to their own tradition and rally marketing ever, closed the doors of their motorsport department.
Times moved on and in the 1990s Saab 900 & 9000 models were much bigger but still unmistakable in their typical Saab design and you were hard pushed to find a Saab without a turbo engine.
Also Saab had big fans and the most loyal drivers. Stig Blomqvist kept refusing big works team offers for a decade to stay on with his "family". Saab needed to close down their motorsport department before they eventually managed to get rid of Stig to another team. For Erik Carlsson this wasn't even good enough, let them close I will hang on. Erik is a Saab road car press chief until today! And Ola Strömberg is yet another such loyal and grateful character.
So since we are talking traditional, enthusiastic Saab and not just anybody, it seems not too big a surprise that some 10years after all was definitely over, Scania (Saab's commercial vehicle arm), and here the UK importer, not the home market, felt like doing something again and Ola Strömberg was on their door step before the idea was even on paper. The result was a number of RAC starts with a big and unusual Saab 900 Turbo. From outfit, budget and car development, from management, from every single angle this was a tiny privateer, amateur adventure, even though reknown official names are behind the project! When the F2 category was born this "unofficial hobby works team" created an F2 version of the same car too (of course without the body kit, just looking like a Saab looks), but later reverted to the more powerful and more fun 900 Turbo again.
Of course in this layout the cars didn't carry Swedish Trollhättan reg plates. But I find it worth to note that one of the 900 Turbo was registered in UK late 1996 = "P"-year, in Birmingham = "O*"-code and such ended up with the rego P9 OOT - although not actually legal inside UK, obviously by genuine mistake on the actual reg plates sometimes the gaps had been moved slightly and coincidentally we had "P 900T", hint, hint.
Unfortunately technical data of the groupA versions is close to impossible to find. There was no real press team, results didn't seem to matter either, it was as said perfectly an "unofficial hobby works team"!
Model & Evo. (Activity)
|900 2.0 16v (93-99)||0||0||4680.1690.1420||0 (0)||FWD (2517)|
|900 Turbo (91-99)||0||0||4680.1690.1420||0 (0)||FWD (2517)|
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This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.
|24th.||1993 WRC Rally of Great Britain||O. Strömberg||S. Ohlsson||#64||[UNKNOWN]||0:00:00|
|25th.||1991 WRC Rally of Great Britain||O. Strömberg||. UNKNOWN||#60||[UNKNOWN]||0:00:00|
This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.
|Ret.||1997 WRC Rally of Great Britain||P. Eklund||J. Johannsson||#39||[UNKNOWN]||SS15 suspension|
|Ret.||1995 WRC Rally of Great Britain||O. Strömberg||S. Ohlsson||#68||[UNKNOWN]||SS3 crash|
|Ret.||1994 WRC Rally of Great Britain||O. Strömberg||S. Ohlsson||#76||[UNKNOWN]||SS6 engine|
|Ret.||1992 WRC Rally of Great Britain||O. Strömberg||L. Wenberg||#38||[UNKNOWN]||SS7 gearbox|
|Ret.||1990 WRC Rally of Great Britain||O. Strömberg||. UNKNOWN||#51||[UNKNOWN]||SS30 crash|
|Ret.||1988 WRC Rally of Great Britain||O. Strömberg||T. Thörner||#67||[UNKNOWN]||SS7 differential|
|Ret.||1988 WRC Swedish Rally||O. Strömberg||L. Wenberg||#30||[UNKNOWN]||SS7 engine|
|Ret.||1987 WRC Rally of Great Britain||O. Strömberg||T. Thörner||#39||[UNKNOWN]||SS2 head gasket|