Saab to race in WRC?
Rumours are rife that Saab, the Swedish carmaker recently rescued from oblivion by Dutch supercar manufacturer Spyker, is intending to enter the 2012 World Rally Championship with a fully-specced new 9-1.
WRC officials met with Saab-Spyker CEO Victor Muller to discuss entry to the series two years down the line.
The Trollhattan carmaker has yet to produce the vehicle upon which their WRC car will be based but it’s expected to be along the lines of the small car project that was originally started under General Motors ownership.
It is thought that the new car will be based on the Opel Corsa platform but as an independent Saab will have to approach a partner – possibly BMW with their MINI platform – who can produce it for them. Industry insiders suggest that it will be similar to the 9-X Air BioHybrid concept first shown at Geneva in 2008.
Once a dominant force on the world rally scene with works drivers such as Stig Blomqvist, Saab dropped all works participation in 1980.