Hot Red SAAB – Major Turbocharging Delivery

My day job is on an Army base.  Army personnel have a reputation of enjoying fun, sporty cars, being the young gentleman (mostly) that they are.  Part of their duty involves moving to different parts of the country/world. This makes taking along a vehicle a hassle sometimes.  Our base has a small parking lot called the “Lemon Lot”.  Sometimes I visit to see the variety of interesting cars, trucks & motorcycles displayed for sale there. They occasionally have RVs, boats & other unique/oddball modes of transport, as well.

Karlino reviewing the Lemon Lot sports car assortment...

Driving by, one day, I quickly glanced & saw a red, modified sports sedan.  From a distance I thought maybe it was a some sort of a souped up Mitsubishi or Subaru sedan. Upon closer inspection I was pleasantly surprised to see a highly modified SAAB!

Such modification in the pursuit of a fast SAAB 9-3

Plenty of breathing & cooling mods on this SAAB 9-3

I don’t know about you, but, I think I’d move out of the way if I saw this Red Hot SAAB 9-3 bearing down on me…

You'd think twice if you saw this SAAB 9-3 in your mirror!

SAABs, for the most part, are already turbocharged.  This one had a massive air-to-air intercooler, larger & more aggressive wheels & tires, tightened up suspension, & a cat back performance muffler.

Performance cat back plumbing on this SAAB 9-3

By the look of the auxiliary gauges on the dash, I’m sure the the turbo was much larger than stock, as well as other go-fast goodies under the hood.

This SAAB 9-3 cockpit means business!

Flyin' SAAB 9-3 with rear wing...

I have no idea what the mileage & drivetrain condition of this SAAB was.  So, who knows what whether a $8750 is a decent asking price.  All I can say is, caveat emptor – let the buyer beware.  You can see the seller’s list of mods:

Racing Ready is always on the lookout to showcase unique performance vehicles.


P. S. – Don’t bother to inquire about his car, it’s no longer on the lot – I’m guessing the owner had already sold it…

CoTA Construction Progress, Detailed Numbers

Entering the front straight construction progress of Circuit of The Americas (mid May 2012)

Here’s the latest progress report form Circuit of The Americas, with solid, detailed numbers & facts (our thanks to

Construction is ongoing at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.  Several upgrades are being made, and the project is expected to be finished in the fall.

Here are a few of the updates that are being worked on:

Pit Building

-Window frames are going in

-Approximately 75 percent of the exterior walls are complete

-Approximately 75 percent of the roof is complete

-Painting interior walls

-Getting the garage level ready to pour concrete

Main Grandstand

-Approximately 75 percent of the steel has gone up

-Approximately 100 percent of the pre-cast seating area is done

-Steel on the back of the main grandstand is expected to begin going up next week

-Top floor (suite level) of grandstand expected to be poured by the end of next week

Other updates

-Foundation for pedestrian bridges at T16 and T3 are approximately 75 percent complete

-North parking lot (T11-12) rough-graded, meaning it is ready to receive flex base

-COTA Blvd. from Elroy Rd. is expected to receive flex base by the end of the week, after which paving can begin

-Work continues on the south parking area

-Remainder of piers expected to go up in amphitheater by end of this week

Construction Progress by the Numbers

-3.9 million cubic yards of dirt moved

-870,000 cubic yards of dirt brought to site

-736 tons of steel erected at the Grandstand

-79,000 yards of concrete have been poured

-Approximately 575 workers currently on site

Read more:

Aerial view of CoTA front straight area construction progress (mid May 2012)

Lots of good stuff to review here.  Racing Ready is also looking forward to Formula Expo™, on June 16-17, 2012.  If you’re truly serious about attending the Austin Formula 1 USGP racing event this coming November 2012, you WILL attend this event.

Be there – RACE ON !


CoTA 3-Day Passes Ticketing Survey

I recently participated in Circuit of The America‘s 3-Day Passes Ticketing Applied Surveys.  After having tried to exhaust the PSL (personal seating license) scheme, they are now trying for the “low hanging fruit”.

CoTA - Please Complete a Brief Survey

Here are the comments I submitted along with my survey answers:

I have been planning for this event for almost 2 years now, first blogging about it at & now facilitating a Formula 1 race watch party series via

Besides the grassy areas for General Admission, I would like to be able to wander around the track during those 3 days & not be restricted to JUST those 3 grassy areas.  My plan has been to gather further photographic, & interview data to publish on my blogs.  This will be to further promote the sport, as well as the current & upcoming events planned at Circuit of The Americas.

Also, you make no mention of any sort of Pit Pass access – is that not open to any sort of consideration?  And what of the different buildings’ access, accompanied with the different pricing levels?  This almost feels like we are being subjected to a caste system of ticketing!

I hope you are well represented at the upcoming Formula Expo.  I’m sure I, as well as many other passionate F1 fans, will be plying you with many of these & other pressing questions.  Please be prepared…

Remember, grassroots race fans (many of whom are amateur racers, themselves) might not be able to pay the higher ticket amounts you are proposing.  But they have a STRONG online voice that will strongly influence what many prospective fans will think of Circuit of The Americas & its future successful growth.

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Thank you – RACE ON!

One way or the other, I’m planning on being there.  I’d really like to be represented as some sort of contributing blogger, but they might consider me small potatoes.  I’m sure this impression would be better & more positive if Tavo Hellmund was still truly part of all this!

We’ll see if this might rustle some CoTA feathers – we here at Racing Ready shall see…