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
. 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