Thunderhill 12 laps in Saab 9-3 Viggen Turbo -- 10 Dec 2010 (helmetcam)
T.E.A.M. Racing at Thunderhill Raceway Park on 10 Dec 2010. This is Group B
But I'm not driving, instead riding shotgun in a faster driver's car. I was about the slowest
driver in B group so he let me ride with him to learn how to drive a faster lap. This car is a 2002 Saab
9-3 Viggen turbo on Dunlop Direeza Star
Spec tires. Big thanks to the driver for letting me ride along; my extra
weight probably cost him 5 seconds in lap time! His YouTube username is
jgejerrit and his YouTube channel is here:
Filmed with GoPro Hero (normal, not HD) mounted on my helmet.
More info about T.E.A.M. racing here:
Lap times (based on video timecodes)
Lap 1 -- 2:39 (warm up)
Lap 2 -- 2:26
Lap 3 -- 2:26
Lap 4 -- 2:26
Lap 5 -- 2:24
Lap 6 -- 2:25
Lap 7 -- 2:28
Lap 8 -- 2:25
Lap 9 -- 2:29
Lap 10 -- 2:28
Lap 11 -- 2:27
Lap 12 -- 2:43 (cool down lap)
Saab 9-3 ESP In Action
This video shows just how effective the Saab Electronic Stability Program
is on the 2003 and newer 9-3 models.
The video is in Swedish, but basically the first part is with the ESP off
and the next is with it on.
Abbott Racing 3" Exhaust on Saab 9-3 Viggen
My attempt at recording what an Abbott Racing 3" Exhaust sounds like on a 1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen.
You hear the car start up, then the video switches to a bumper mounted
angle for some real road audio.
It is the full 3" system from the turbo
Poor tools make for a fairly mediocre recording job unfortunately. Shot
using a Sony Cyber-Shot digital camera combined with an Apple iPhone with
suction mount attached to the bumper..... doesn't really make for a good
quality audio recording. The iPhone just cannot handle the brutality :-)
Enjoy... the best I can do for now.
Nordic Viggen E85 Traction limited 450hp
Nordic tuned Saab Viggen E85 Traction limited 450hp (Open Diff) Downpipe
dumped for playing. GenuineSaab.com
Update Fall -09 Runs 12.4 in the 1/4 on slicks with the smaller Gt2871 turbo and conservative street driving tune!
~ 700hp Turbo Saab, 312kmh (194mph)
Extreme turbo Saab + 300 kmh
Many viewers have misunderstood this video, so I explain it a little:
-Speed at finish line (1mile/1609m) is measured. Time is not measured.
-First Saab does 1st and 2nd gear with ~half throttle. Second Saab has
limited Boost for 1st and 2nd gear.
- three extra seconds between 0-100kmh typically means ~30meters wasted.
But three extra seconds used in speeds close to 300kmh, means almost
Here is equally powerful RWD cars (if not even more HP's) These RWD's are a
lot faster between 0-150kmh, but
these Saabs are faster from
150kmh-300kmh. You get the point when you compare speeds at finish line.
-A Saab 9-5 driver pushes a little too much throttle @3rd gear and looses
traction. He lifts a throttle and pushes it back, but too much again and
then he gears up 4th, a bit earlier than planned. (optimal is@205kmh).
Earlier that summer I broke one gearbox when pushing too hard on 3rd gear.
With new gearbox and at later event, I drove very gently on first three
gears to avoid breaking it again. I pushed WOT for the first time on 4th
gear @ 190kmh. You can hear it clearly on following video. Engine tone
changes totally around 200kmh. Incar video is from 299kmh pull (at 1 mile
race) Something happened to camera during the run. So I didn't get any
incar video from a 305kmh pull. To see that run from the start line, please
see my other videos.
Here is incar video until camera dies. Start is @1min.