Initiated by Olle Granlund, whom amongst other things, wanted to prove the turbo concept ruggedness, 3 off the assembly line Saab 9000 T16 were driven on the Talladega speedway in Alabama, USA autumn 1986.
The cars were driven at full speed for 100.000km (62137 miles)! These cars drove for 21 days and nights in all kinds of weather with stops just for refuelling, changing of drivers, changing of tires and service.
The fastest car, no 2, ran the entire distance with an average speed of 213,299 km/h (136.08 mph).
Remarkable in several respects, no one had done this before with standard cars, these were picked out at Saab’s assembly line of a notary public. Saab consolidated its position once again as the leading manufacturer of turbo engines. Car number 1 and 2 are included in the Saab Car Museum’s collections. The cars carry a clear imprint of merit today.