Volvo 240 Turbo Group-A /IPS Motorsport.
Present Owner: Unknown.
Builder: IPS Motorsport,
Build year: 1983.
Chassis no#:  IPS 183.
Car status: Its where abouts is unknown. (Any tip leading to find the car would be great)
Technical photos 1984:

(photo from Per Stureson)

1982-first appearance.


(photo from Per Stureson)
 
Last known appearance.

(photo from Martti Hahl)


Background

The team IPS Motorsport built this car in 1983, the team consisting of Per Stureson and Ingmar Persson as drivers and Nils-Olof Axelsson, Per Boström, Anders Boström, Lennart Karlsson, Krister Pettersson and Roland Hansson as mechanics of the team.

The team was formed in 1982, but at this time Ingmar Persson and Per Stureson was competing against each other in the Super Saloon-series, even so during this time Stureson and Persson later became good friends, this due to a crash, that accured between them both in the Super Saloon-series, who was to blame no one could tell.

Every year Persson used to visit the motorshow in Essen, Germany, and this year, 1983, Persson brought Stureson along to the show. It was to be very interesting! Among all the exhibitions Bertone was showed some interesting cars but the most interesting display was the futuristic Citroën models. Among all the exhibitions Persson and Stureson ran into the fellow countryman Thomas Lindström (that already was building his Volvo 240 Turbo Group-A), they started to talk about the Volvo 240 Group-A, and things if this would be a good concept, if the car could work on a international racing level. And there at Essen Motorshow in Germany Thomas Lindström succeeded to persuade both Stureson and Persson to build their own Volvo 240 Turbo Group-A car, you could say that there and then the team IPS Motorsport was formed.

The guys hurried back home to Sweden, and they established a contact with Volvo Cars Sweden, and on that way Stureson and Persson succeeded to get a brand new body from Volvo Cars. Now that they had a body the parts were missing, so they made a trip to the scrapyard and bought a crashed Volvo 244 Turbo (The Volvo 242 Turbo was never available on the Swedish market). The crashed 244 Turbo was to a donor car to the project. And finally with the parts from the 244 Turbo a complete race car started to emerged in the garage, where the building took place. As the time still was young, Volvo had yet to make any homologated parts, so Thomas Lindström made and saw to that the IPS Motorsport team got the centrebolt hubs they needed in the Group-A series, Lindström had the exact same hubs on his Volvo. The first rollcages were also different, the first rollcage was of the make Guss, a rollcage that was modified for maximum protection as far as the regulations allowed of course, and the Group-A rear spolier had not yet been manufactured!

And the livery? Well the idea came from the Audi rally cars from that same time,  the livery was copied but the colour was different. I bet you didn't know that folks?!

As the IPS Motorsport team was formed the new race car was built in only approx 4 months, the building was started up around christmastime and the car was finished in mars. When the car finally was ready both Stureson and Persson were dead tired (so to speak), and soon the team was on their way to Italy and Monza, for the first round of the European Touring Championship 1983! Nerve breaking!

In 1983 the IPS Motorsport team had a pretty good season in the ETC. The first year is always the hardest. The IPS team traveled togehter with Thomas Lindströms team (TL Racing) most of time to the races, even so the TL Racing team was on more races then the IPS team. And during 1983, when Persson sometimes skipped driving Swedes Rune Tobiasson and Kurt Simonsen jumped into his place instead. The car was raced in 1983-84, in the ETC and in DRM (DTM) by the IPS team.

In 1985 things changed for the IPS team as they were contacted by Volvo Germany, as they had followed the IPS team and was impressed by the team. Volvo Germany offerd the team full backup, the idea was that the team was to only race in the German Championships (DTM), even Castrol Germany offered a sponsor deel with the team.

But whatever happend to the teams first car? Well the German Formula driver Peter Kroeber from ISA-Racing (that later became good friend to Per Stureson), rented the car from the IPS team, and the car was re-sprayed in the same Catsrol livery as the IPS teams new Volvo. It was now a two car team, so to speak. Besides from a few details as the rearview mirrors and the wheels there were nothing that seperated the cars from each other, they were identical to each others almost. The both cars even had the same small clips that were in aluminium in the top and the bottom of the front windshield and rear windshield this beeing a part of a security rules in DTM, and its always been easy to recognize the cars thanks to those clips.

But in 1986 Peter Kroeber buys the car from the IPS team, and now starts his own team instead. He re-sprayed the car in a new livery, called the Nigrin-livery. Kroeber placing 10th as best and 20th placing overall in 1986 while Stureson in his new car placed as 4th overall that same year.

In 1987 Kroeber sells the car to a man in Finland, Heikki Salmenautio. The car is repainted again but in a livery that reminds of the 1986 livery, but blue instead. Ingmar Persson, IPS Motorsport, helped out with rebuilding of the engine in the winter of 1986/-87, the car was tested with other tyres, but it took some time to setup the car completly.
Salmenautio raced the car in the Finnish Championships 1987 and he finished 3rd overall. Salmenautio was a part of the 1987 Volvo Team Finland, teaming up with Leif Wiik and Juhani Koskinen. In 1988 Heikki finished 4th overall in the Finnish Championships and and he then sold the car to race a BMW E30 M3 in 1989 and 1990 clinching the Finnish Championship title both years. 

In 1988 the car was sold to be exact to a man, Anssi Rantanen and he was to go into rally with the car. But after 1988 the trails gets cold and no one knows of the where abouts of the car, if it exist or not.
    


Text and research by Björn Ohlson©, www.240grupp-A.se® 

Race Calendar

If there are any races missing the reason can be either that the car was not in it or there are no data available. * marks the last race of the season, one timer races is left unmarked.
 
Date Bana Driver Championship
83? Knutstorp,

 

Ingmar Persson
Kvällsposten Race
83? Falkenberg,

 

Ingmar Persson
Swedish Touring Championship in Group-A
830320 Monza,
Ingmar Persson
Per Stureson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
830501 Donington,

 

Ingmar Persson
Per Stureson (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
830515 Enng-Pergusa,
Ingmar Persson
Per Stureson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
830612 Brno,

 

Ingmar Persson
Per Stureson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
830626 Zeltweg,
Ingmar Persson
Per Stureson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
830707 Nürburgring,
Ingmar Persson
Per Stureson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
830923 Silverstone,

 

Ingmar Persson
Per Stureson (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
830925* Zolder,
Ingmar Persson
Per Stureson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
840429 Donington,

 
Ingmar Persson
Per Stureson
Rune Tobiassson (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
840527 Mainz-Finthen, Per Stureson German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
840610 Brno,

 

Ingmar Persson (in photo)
Per Stureson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
840701 Norisring,

 

Per Stureson
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
840708 Nürburgring,

 

Ingmar Persson
Per Stureson (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
840804 Hockenheim,
Ingmar Persson
Per Stureson
 
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
840909 Silverstone,

 

Ingmar Persson
Per Stureson (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
840923 Nürburgring,

 

Per Stureson
German Touring Championship in Group-A (DTM)
841021* Mugello,
Per Stureson
Kurt Simonsen
Giorgio Cipolli
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850505 Wunstorf,

 

Peter Kroeber
German Touring Car Championship in Group-A (DTM)
850602 Mainz-Finthen,
Peter Kroeber
 
German Touring Car Championship in Group-A (DTM)
850721 Diepholz,
Holger Bohne
 
German Touring Car Championship in Group-A (DTM)
850908 Siegerlandring,
Peter Kroeber
 
German Touring Car Championship in Group-A (DTM)
850922* Nürburgring,

 

Peter Kroeber
German Touring Car Championship in Group-A (DTM)
860330 Zolder,
Peter Kroeber
 
German Touring Car Championship in Group-A (DTM)
860404 Hockenheim,
Peter Kroeber
 
German Touring Car Championship in Group-A (DTM)
860427 Nürburgring,
Peter Kroeber
 
German Touring Car Championship in Group-A (DTM)
860601 Mainz-Finthen,

 

Peter Kroeber
German Touring Car Championship in Group-A (DTM)
860608 Wunstorf,
Peter Kroeber
 
German Touring Car Championship in Group-A (DTM)
860713 Nürburgring,
Peter Kroeber
 
German Touring Car Championship in Group-A (DTM)
860818 Zolder,

 

Peter Kroeber
German Touring Car Championship in Group-A (DTM)
860921* Nürburgring,
Peter Kroeber
 
German Touring Car Championship in Group-A (DTM)
870425/26 Sadan Auton Ajot,
 

Heikki Salmenautio
 
Finnish Touring Car Championship in Group-A
870502/03

Hämeelinna Race,
 


Heikki Salmenautio
 
Finnish Touring Car Championship in Group-A
870516/17 Kemora,
Heikki Salmenautio
 
Finnish Touring Car Championship in Group-A
870606/07

Ahveniston Vauhuipäivät,
 


Heikki Salmenautio
 
Finnish Touring Car Championship in Group-A
870627/28 Seinäjoen Vauhtiajot,
 

Heikki Salmenautio
 
Finnish Touring Car Championship in Group-A
870808/09 Ahveniston Syyskilpailu,  
 

Heikki Salmenautio
 
Finnish Touring Car Championship in Group-A
870812/13 Kemora,
Heikki Salmenautio
 
Finnish Touring Car Championship in Group-A
880430/0501 Sadan Auton Ajot,
Heikki Salmenautio
 
Finnish Touring Car Championship in Group-A
880507/08 Hämeelinna Race,
Heikki Salmenautio
 
Finnish Touring Car Championship in Group-A
880528/29 Seinäjoen Vauhtiajot,
Heikki Salmenautio
 
Finnish Touring Car Championship in Group-A
880604/05 Ahveniston VM-Vauhuipäivät,

 

Heikki Salmenautio
Finnish Touring Car Championship in Group-A
880702/03 Kemora,
Heikki Salmenautio
 
Finnish Touring Car Championship in Group-A
880821 Kemora,
Heikki Salmenautio
Lauri Törhönen
Olli Kemppainen
 
Kemora 500
880910/11 Kemora,
Heikki Salmenautio
 
Finnish Touring Car Championship in Group-A
890115  Lapuan  Jäärta - Kauhajärvella,

 

Anssi Rantanen
 
Finnish Championship in Group-A Rally
890226 Kiuruveden SM-Jäärata - Kiurujärvella,

 

Anssi Rantanen
 
Finnish Championship in Group-A Rally
890318 Ämmänsaaren SM-Jäärata (Suomossalmi),

 

Anssi Rantanen
 
Finnish Championship in Group-A Rally
890319 Kuhmon Jäärata,
 

Anssi Rantanen
 
Finnish Championship in Group-A Rally
891008 Härmän Rallisprint (Alahärmän Voltti),

 

Anssi Rantanen
 
Finnish Championship in Group-A Rally