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SAAB 96 Bonneville – Land speed record for Saab!

Saab 96 @ Bonneville Salt FlatsSaab 96 @ Bonneville Salt Flats

Pavel’s Racing Engines has been involved in Bonneville land speed racing  for the last 3 seasons. They current project consist of a 1966 Saab 96 Monte Carlo 850.

The Saab 96 is owned by Bertil Sollenskog, and Pavel Racing Tuning (Pavel Osovets) has helped with restoration since 2006 and Bonneville preparation since 2009, handling most of the chassis work and all the wiring/dyno prep work. A new goal was set: land speed record for Saab!

Engines modifications list is extensive and not all of them can be revealed. Original Saab engine was a 841cc, 3 cylinder, 2 stroke engine with 3 down-draft Solex carburetors.  Engines produced 57hp at 5500rpm in stock form. Highly modified engine in this Bonneville race car produces 95hp at 7000rpm.

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Saab 96 Mote Carlo

Original record was held by a Honda z600 at 103.9xxmph. They broke that record by running 107.282mph and on the last day Pavel bumped it to 110.113mph!

As of August 16, 2011 this Saab 96 broke Bonneville Salt Flats record in the J-PRO class(!) with an average speed of 110.113 MPH or 177kmph:

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According to Pavel, Currently the car is disassembled and both engines are being rebuilt. they are also designing a turbo system to run “blown gas” classes at Bonneville, for next record.


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Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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