The Nürburgring (Nordschleife – or “Green Hell”) in Germany, with its remaining 20.8 km (12.9 mi) long old section dating from 1927, is used by various motoring media outlets and vehicle manufacturers for testing. For testing, and something else – proving performance.
A Nürburgring lap record has therefore become one of the ultimate accolades for carmakers, with multiple huge manufacturers vying for the title, in multiple categories. The Saab cars are not the world’s quickest vehicles, but they slip into high-performance productions car.
By what we can see on Youtube videos, a few Saab cars have been really good at this famous track. Of course, the cars are completely different, with drivers of different abilities. Also, most drivers only took a few laps on this track so they did not know the track well enough.
And another factor affecting speed on this track – the number of vehicles on the track – sometimes is smaller And sometimes there is a crowd on the track. Take a look below to see the quickest Saab lap times at Nurburgring (At least the ones we found – If you know about the fastest time for the track, let us know).
The best time we could find was the Saab 9-5 from the SRD team (Swedish Racing Development) that went round for only 9 minutes and 12 seconds.
Update: Joakim Bernhardsson provided us with additional information and recorders from Nurburgring – The Diners Club Saab 9-3 Sportsedan is probably the fastest Saab ever to lap the Nurburgring. That car did a time of 9.16 on the longer version with both the gp-track and Nordschleife wish was over 24 km at that time. That would be around 7.30 on the 20.8km track!
1. SRD Racing Saab 9-5 – 9:12
2. Saab 9-3 – 9:25
3. Saab 9-3 – 9:27
4. Saab 9-3 SS – 9:52
5. Saab 9-3 Aero – 10:01