[Saabros Video] Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8T Goes Head to Head With 9-3 2.0T

After a fun day of autocrossing, the organizers of an SCCA event decided to have some friendly 1/8-mile drag racing, and Frankie jumped at the opportunity to get some redemption.

When it came to carving through cones, Chris had been the undefeated victor. Even when Frankie managed to pull out a quicker time than Chris’s first three heats, Chris always managed to turn his fastest lap in his final run of the day. Frankie could blame it on tuning issues or the disadvantage of the heavier V6, but excuses are for the weak.

We figured it’d be a good idea to go over some of the details of each car for the sake of clarity. Frankie’s 2008 9-3 Aero (the blue one), was in the midst of being tuned by James Rakes and would suffer “over-boosting” since the HP Tuners software was unable to access all the parameters of the engine management system. This would cause the car to go into limp mode, but Frankie could avoid this with thoughtful throttle input.

The Aero was also fitted with EBC USR slotted rotors in the front and rear, EBC ‘yellow stuff’ brake pads in the front and ‘green stuff’ pads in the rear, stainless steel brake lines, Hankook Ventus V12 summer tires, a freer flowing exhaust, and solid shifter bushings from Genuine Saab along with the Taliaferro-designed shifter cable reinforcement.

While Frankie’s 9-3 rode on stock suspension, Chris’s 2.0T rode on H&R lowering springs paired with Koni yellow struts. His Saab was also fitted with upgraded pads and rotors, had a responsive and well sorted tune, a full turbo-back exhaust system, and super sticky Hankook RS3 tires. It also had an unsprung 6-puck clutch kit from KY.

So, does Frankie get his redemption? Or does Chris come away with another win? See for yourself in the video below as the two go head-to-head in a best-out-of-three drag racing showdown!


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