• Apr 28, 2010
Hold on to your Dubbelmossas, rally fans. Legendary Swedish rally and rallycross driver Per "Pekka" Eklund is coming back, and he's coming back hard. How hard? A Saab 900 Turbo 16S built to Group A specs.. Sure, it's not diamond tough hard – like this – but we're still impressed. Not only that, but he'll be campaigning the 26-year old front-driver in the ADAC 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Also of note, it's been thirty years since Eklund competed in a 24 hour race.

Fear not though, as this particular Saab 900 Turbo sounds totally up to the task as it's capable of producing 310 hp and a punishing 384 pound-feet of torque steer. Says Eklund, "When I got offer to be able to compete with a classic Saab 900 Turbo on the Nordschleife, I immediately loved the idea." Who wouldn't?

Will the 64-year old Eklund be up to the task of racing around one of the world's most difficult tracks in the middle of the night in car built (probably) the same night Mondale was defeated? We'll go ahead and guess yes, he'll be just fine. As for a Saab holding together for 24 grueling hours, hey, anything's possible. The fun starts on May 13th.

[Source: Per Eklund via Saabs United]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I love it. Can't wait!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is at once nuts and incredibly awesome! Can't wait to see it and I'll be rooting hard for it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Although Saab has been out of racing (officially) for some time, they have made some news in the endurance scene over the last couple decades:

      http://www.hemmings.com/hsx/stories/2009/10/01/hmn_feature8.html

      Here's to Per and his 900T. Best of luck!

      ~P
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish him well. Personally, I'm having a hard time getting my '00 9-3 to work and back without sprouting a new $700 dollar repair (four in 2010 alone). Granted, his crew is likely to be a little more competent than mine (me).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought it was called the Nulkenberg 24...
      • 4 Years Ago
      A friend had one of these SPG models in the states.
      I recall with fondness sitting white-knuckled in the passenger seat as he rocketed the thing around long sweeping turns like a slot racer.
      Not that I advocate that kind of thing...
      It certainly was not that I advocated it then, as I recall I was swearing the entire time - each time.
      Still... as it is done and gone now.. and we came out OK... it's all just memories of good times.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of my first cars, a '90 900 Turbo 16S (the one with the body kit and three-spoke wheels). Terrific handling, great midrange, lousy tranny. That's probably its weak link. In any case, it has more character that most of the other entries combined and will probably scare quite a few mid-pack M3s and older-model 911s. Go Per!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are referring to the Saab 900 SPG, made 84-91. Great cars! wish my 88 was on the road right now!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The SPG was a US name. In other markets it was the Turbo 16S or the Aero, I believe. In some markets, there were some cars which got the body work and wheels even though they weren't even equipped with turbos.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The rbankracing.com 24 Hours of LeMons team salutes you Per!!! We wish you the best of luck and hope you can continue what has so far turned out to be a stunningly good and winning year for SAAB! Robin Bank. www.rbankracing.com