Saab is reportedly considering a return to the World Rally Championship. News of this exciting development comes after executives at Saab’s new parent company (Dutch sports car maker Spyker) recently met with WRC bosses in private.
Not having competed in the world’s premiere rally car series since 1979, the Swedish automaker is believed to be planning to compete in the 2012 season, possibly with the new 9-2 or 9-1 mini car (rendered above) – which is believed to be based on the current MINI Cooper platform.
Powering the MINI-based Saab would be a BMW-sourced 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, meeting with the series new standards. That same engine will also power MINI’s upcoming Countryman entry.
With an important history in rally car racing, the return would make sense for the Swedish brand, possibly following in Audi’s tire treads, promoting its AWD system through motorsports.
New rules for the 2012 season are bringing a lot of interest to WRC, with VW expected to be the next manufacturer to announce participation in the sport.