1956 Saab Sonett Super Sport Unveiled



The greatest sensation at the 1956 Stockholm Motorcar Show (opened officially on March 16th with more than 400 different cars on show) was undoubtedly the new Saab Sonett Super Sport, built by Saab's Motorcar Division at Trollhattan. An experimental car, the Saab Sonett Super Sport has been built mainly to enrichen Saab's experience in the design of advanced cars. At present there are no plans for quantity production. As far as the chassis is concerned, the Saab Sonett is to nearly 100 percent built on the standard Saab-93 chassis details. The car is equipped with a Saab-93 engine, which has been boosted to give 57.5 h.p. at 5,000 r.p.m. (as against 38 h.p. in the standard Saab-93 car). Max. torque is approx. 63 lbs. Ft. (9 kpm) at 3,500 r.p.m. By building the Saab Sonett, the motorcar division will get an opportunity to test the Saab-93 engine under exceptional conditions. Another design feature tested in connection with the construction of the new car is the glass fibre laminate (plastics) used in the body of the car. The most interesting design feature is perhaps the box type design used for mounting the chassis details. This has been built according to aircraft design principles and is of light metal. Thus, very low weight of the unit (71 kg.) has been obtained.

DATA

General

Weight (dry)..................approx. 500 kg (1,110 lbs)
Track, front and rear............ 1,220 mm (4 ft)
Wheel base ...................... 2,210 mm (7,25 ft)
Overall length................... 3,485 mm (11,18 ft)
Overall width.................... 1,420 mm (4,66 ft)
Overall height.................. 825 mm (2,6 ft)

Engine

Cylinder volume................. 748 c.c.
Max output...................... 57.5 brake h.p at 5,000 r.p.m. (SAE)
Max torque...................... approx. 9 kpm (63 lbs/ftp) at 3,500 r.p.m.
Compression ratio, nominal...... 10 to 1
Fuel, ordinary................... approx. 85 octane

Performance (estimated

0 - 80 km/h (0 - 50 mph)............. approx. 8 sec.
0 - 100 " (0 - 62 mph)............... " 12 "
Standard start - 1/4 Engl. Mile...... " 18 "
" " - 1 km ......................... " 34 "
" " - 1 Engl. Mile ................. " 48 "
Max speed, open ..................... " 160 km/h (100 mph)
" " closed.......................... " 200 km/h (125 mph)

Thie work on this car has been directed by Mr Rolf Mellde, Chief Test Engineer at Saab's Motorcar Division at Trollhattan.


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