Saab 900 Turbo EV-1 (1985): the sports that Saab was not able to sell

the year Was 1985, and Saab was not the best of economic times. Despite this, the eighties was a decade in which the coupes were shown off, and if they were sports, all the better. Saab introduced at the iaa in Frankfurt in 1985 the fantastic 900 Turbo EV-1, that has gone into the annals of history as simply EV-1. The swedes were proposed take it to the limit the platform and mechanics of your best-selling, creating a fantastic sport that finally were not able to sell. Do you want to know all your secrets?

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The car was designed by Björn Envall, the own Saab. After building in the kitchen of his own home a clay model of this car, convinced the board of Saab to manufacture a prototype fully functional this Saab 900 Turbo hipervitaminado. Mechanically, it was identical to a Saab 900 Turbo, in regard to schemes of suspensions, front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox five relationships. But the car created from the 900 Turbo has nothing to do aesthetically, except perhaps for tire and calender.

saab-ev-1-concept-7wheels Ronal the era are still in place, and your calender is a feature that was readaptada. The rest of the car is completely new. A front made of kevlar gave rise to a body of stylized, with a large amount of glazed area. At the gates – built in glass fibre and carbon fibre – they installed two small windows casement. Except the A-pillar, the absence of pillars would have given a visibility to almost perfect to this elegant sport of 4.30 meters long and only 1,23 meters high.

Saab did not produce in series a sporty as the EV-1. The lack of financial resources prevented their manufacture.

On the roof solar panels were installed to feed the electrical systems of the car, as well as to move several electric fans, which would compensate the lack of natural ventilation of the interior. By its appearance, it is surprisingly similar to the Subaru SVX, whose production began in 1991. What a coincidence? Mechanically, the engine of the Saab 900 Turbo EV-1 was similar to the engine production of the 900 Turbo APC. A two-liter design Triumph, renowned as one of the most robust and reliable turbo engines of the story.

saab-ev-1-concept-2Saab added a turbocharger of a larger size, tweaked the fuel injection system and gave the car a intercooler, improved. The result was a spectacular gain of power-the engine went from the 175 HP of series to impressive 285 HP at 6500 rpm, accompanied by a maximum torque of 334 Nm at 3,500 rpm. Thanks to its lightweight construction – the front of Kevlar weighing little over a kilo – it was a car light: on the scale marked only 1.150 kg. Their benefits were not negligible.

Road&Track went to an airfield in Sweden in order to test the EV-1 and make photos next to a Viggen, fighter-bomber of Saab.

Accelerated up to 100 km/h in only 5,9 seconds – impressive for a car manual front wheel drive year 1985 – and it was estimated a maximum speed of 270 km/h. Were performance worthy of the Ferrari Testarossa, the supercar fastest of the time. Its interior was futuristic, but we barely have more images taken of a piece of Road&Track, that someone scanned for You can check out the whole article there, with a multitude of technical information and accurate data.

saab-ev-1-concept-3Is a pity that the car does not pass from being a prototype, and never materializase in a coupe of high-flying. General Motors acquired Saab in the late 80’s – I was in financial difficulties – putting an end to the attempt of the swedes to launch a sports.

Source: Saab World
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