Saab 900 Turbo EV-1 (1985): the sport that Saab was not able to sell
It was 1985, and Saab did not live the best of economic times. However, the eighties was a decade in which the coupes were successful, and if they were sports, the better. Saab presented at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show its fantastic 900 Turbo EV-1, which it has passed into the annals of history as simply EV-1. The Swedes were proposed push the boundaries of the platform and mechanics of their selling, creating a fantastic sport that ultimately could not sell. Do you want to know all its secrets?
Did you know that the car appeared in Back to the Future II? It was a car extra on the streets of Hill Valley.
The car was designed by Björn Envall, the Saab itself. After building in the kitchen of their own a clay model of this sports house, he convinced the board of Saab to produce a fully functional prototype Saab 900 Turbo this hipervitaminado. Mechanically, it was identical to a Saab 900 Turbo, with regard to schemes suspensions, front wheel drive and manual gearbox five relationships. But the car created from the 900 Turbo has nothing to do aesthetically, except perhaps tires and radiator grille.
The Ronal rims of the time remain in place, and its characteristic radiator grille was readapted. The rest of the car is completely new. A front made of kevlar It gave rise to a stylized body, with lots of glass area. At the gates - built in fiberglass and carbon fiber - two small openable windows were installed. Except pillar, the absence of pillars would have given an almost perfect visibility to elegant sports 4.30 meters long and only 1.23 meters high.
Saab did not result in a sports series as the EV-1. Lack of financial resources prevented their manufacture.
On the roof solar panels were installed to feed the electrical systems on the car and to move several electric fans, which would compensate for the lack of natural ventilation inside. Their appearance is strikingly similar to the Subaru SVX, whose production began in 1991. Coincidence? Mechanically, the engine of Saab 900 Turbo EV-1 It was similar to the production engine of the 900 Turbo APC. A design two liters of Triumph, reputed as one of the most robust and reliable turbo engines in history.
Saab added a larger turbocharger, it retouched fuel injection system and gave the car improved intercooler. The result was a spectacular gain power: the engine moved from the standard 175 hp about impressive 285 hp at 6,500 rpm, accompanied by a maximum torque of 334 Nm at 3500 rpm. Thanks to its lightweight construction - the front of Kevlar weighing just over a kilo - it was a light car: on the scale marked only 1,150 kilograms. His status was not negligible.
Road&Track went to an airfield in Sweden to test the EV-1 and take pictures next to a Viggen, the fighter-bomber Saab.
It is accelerating to 100 km / h in just 5.9 seconds - impressive for a manual front-wheel drive car of the year 1985 - and it was estimated a top speed of no less than 270 km / h. They were worthy performance of the Ferrari Testarossa, the fastest supercar of the time. Inside it was futuristic, but we just have more images than taken from a piece of Road&Track, someone scanned for SaabWorld.net. You can consult the entire article there, with lots of technical information and precise data.
Is a pity that the car was not gone from being a prototype, and you never materialize into a high-flying coupe. General Motors acquired Saab in the late 80s - was in financial difficulties - putting an end to the Swedes attempted to launch a sports car.
Source: Saab World
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