Volvo 240 Turbo Group-A /Eggenberger Motorsport 1985 /RAS Sport 1986.
Present Owner: -
Builder: Eggenberger Motorsport,
Rebuilder 1986: RAS Sport,
Build year: 1985.
Chassis no#:  501 (1985) 601 (1986).
Car status: Scrapped by Volvo 1986.
Technical photos 1985:

(photos from 240grupp-A.se archives)
 
1985-first appearance.

(photo from 240grupp-A.se archives)
 
Last appearance1986.

(photo from teambild.se)


Background

In the end of 1984 when Volvo and Rudi Eggenberger, head of Swiz Eggenberger Motorsport, had signed a contract, that Eggenberger Motorsport was to mangage Volvos 
first Factoryteam in 1985. 

Things like this was a part of the contract:

- To prepare and to build two brand new race ready Volvo 240 cars.

- To setup tests and testdrivnings and so on.

Anyway, Eggenberger received two brand new and empty Volvo 240 chassis from Volvo in Sweden. This two chassis was to be the cars that Eggenberger was to manage in ETC 1985.

This car, as in the photos, got chassisnumber #502, to explain the number, the no. 5 stod for the year of production and the no. 02 stod for the production number of the car. The car was built from scratch by Eggenbergers mechanics, with influens from father and son, Tage and Thomas Lindström. The Belgian Pierre Diuedonné and the West-German Siegfried Müller Jr. was to drive this car, amolst throughout the whole season the car had no. 11 on the side. The team was also succesful in Japan and Macau, China and not only in Europe.

But Gianfranco was to drive the #501 and Thomas Lindström was to drive the #502 at Macau.

At the end of 1985 Volvo ended the partnership with Eggenberger, and in came the Belgian company RAS Sport (Ring Auto Sport). The cars was recalled back to Sweden and shipped to Belgium and RAS Sport's premises for dismantling. The cars was thoroughly looked over, to see that nothing was wrong with the chassis. The cars was put together again and updated according to last specification made in 1986, the car also got a new chassisnumber, and was now the #602. After this it was the straight way to the testingtracks, and to see how the drivers would to. The only driver that stayed from 1985 was Thomas Lindström, other drivers like Swedes Ulf Granberg and Anders Olofsson and Venezuelan Johnny Cecotto now stepped in to do the work as the drivers. However the #602 car was built for Granberg/Olofsson.


Later on, again after the season, Volvo went to Japan to race at Fuji Speedway, and now Anders Olofsson and Johnny Cecotto was paired up to drive and Thomas Lindström and Ulf Granberg paired up, and furhter on at Macau Lindström drove the #601 by himself.  And as many of you all know by now, Volvo withdrew from motorsport and group-A completley in 1986. And the #602 was shipped back to Volvo Motorsport in Sweden, where it was ordered to scrap the #602 as the car no longer had any purpose. During the year the rumors have flourished that these cars was not scrapped but sold off and are still on the move. However the facts tells an other story, neither the #602 nor the #601 remains today, as informed the cars was scrapped.


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 Track Driver Championship
850331 Monza,

 

Gianfranco Brancatelli (in photo)
Thomas Lindström
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850421 Vallelunga,

 

Gianfranco Brancatelli
Thomas Lindström (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850505 Donington,

 

Gianfranco Brancatelli
Thomas Lindström (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850512 Anderstorp,

 

Gianfranco Brancatelli (in photo)
Thomas Lindström
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850609 Brno,

 

Gianfranco Brancatelli
Thomas Lindström (in photo)
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850616 Zeltweg,
Gianfranco Brancatelli
Thomas Lindström
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850630 Salzburgring,

 

Gianfranco Brancatelli
Thomas Lindström   (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850707 Nürburgring,

 

Gianfranco Brancatelli
Thomas Lindström
(in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850728 Spa,

Gianfranco Brancatelli (in photo)
Thomas Lindström
Pierre Diuedonné
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850908 Silverstone,

 

Gianfranco Brancatelli
Thomas Lindström (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850915 Nogaro,
Gianfranco Brancatelli
Thomas Lindström
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850929 Zolder,

 

Gianfranco Brancatelli (in photo)
Thomas Lindström
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
851013 Estoril,

 

Gianfranco Brancatelli (in photo)
Thomas Lindström
European Touring Championship in Group-A
851020* Jarama,

 

Gianfranco Brancatelli (in photo)
Thomas Lindström
European Touring Championship in Group-A
851110 Fuji Speedway,
Gianfranco Brancatelli
Thomas Lindström
 
Fuji Inter-Tec Race
851124* Macau,

 

Gianfranco Brancatelli (in photo)
Macau Guia Race
860323 Monza,

 

Thomas Lindström (in photo)
Johnny Cecotto
European Touring Championship in Group-A
860406 Donington,


Thomas Lindström
Johnny Cecotto (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
860413 Hockenheim,

 

Thomas Lindström
Johnny Cecotto (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
860504 Misano,
Anders Olofsson
Johnny Cecotto
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
860518 Anderstorp,

 

Anders Olofsson
Johnny Cecotto (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
860608 Brno,

 

Anders Olofsson
Johnny Cecotto (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
860615 Zeltweg,
Anders Olofsson
Johnny Cecotto
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
860713 Nürburgring,
Anders Olofsson
Johnny Cecotto
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
860728 Spa,

Anders Olofsson (in photo)
Johnny Cecotto
Mauro Baldi
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
860907 Silverstone,

 

Anders Olofsson
Johnny Cecotto (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
860914 Nogaro,
Anders Olofsson
Johnny Cecotto
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
860928 Zolder,

 

Thomas Lindström (in photo)
Johnny Cecotto
European Touring Championship in Group-A
861012 Jarama,

 

Thomas Lindström
Johnny Cecotto (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
861019* Estoril,

 

Anders Olofsson (in photo)
Johnny Cecotto
European Touring Championship in Group-A
861109 Fuji Speedway,

 

Anders Olofsson
Johnny Cecotto (in photo)
Fuji Inter-Tec Race
861123 Macau,

Thomas Lindström
Macau Guia Race