Volvo 240 Turbo Grupp-A /Magnum Racing.
Present Owner: Volvo motormuseum in Arendal in Gothenburg,
Builder: Magnum Racing, Stockholm,
Rebuilder 1986: Volvo Motorsport 1986,
Build year: 1985.
Chassis no#:  503 (1985) / 605 (1986).
Car status: Exhibition object at the Volvo museum,
Technical photos 1985:

(photos from 240grupp-A.se archives)

Present technical photos:


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

(photo from 240grupp-A.se archives)
 
Present appearance.

(photo from 240grupp-A.se archives)


Background

In 1985 Magnum Racing once more got the chance to manage a works team for Volvo, this including the building of a whole new race car. The one thing that changed now was that Magnum Racing would manage the team on their own, with backup from Volvo of course, and the head of Magnum Racing, Mats Magnusson, now took the role as both Team manager and team technician, in a full scale assault in ETCC, Group-A 1985. As drivers Swedes Ulf Granberg and Anders Olofsson was first choice, second choice was Formula driver and Swede Eje Elgh and also rally driver Ingvar Carlsson, but both of them only made entries on few occasions.  

The agenda was that the team would function as a test team, never the less still be a works team, the team would test all the new parts that was in progress, among parts tested was fully adjustable suspension from Öhlins and Brembo-brakes, while the other works team, Eggenberger, would still be driving with Bilstein suspensions and AP-brakes. Best results from the team was one 1st placing at Brno and one 2nd placing at Andertorp. One classic detail from the cars built by Magnum Racing was the lowering of the air jack mount, and the levers for the fire-extinguisher and the electric break levers, under the front windshield as you can notice on some photos.

After the 1985 season the car was put away for a short time. And during 1986 Volvo had made a contract with a new company from Belgium, RAS Sport. The two cars used by Eggenberger was re-used, and fully restored at RAS Sport in Belgium. Testings had been made on a new brake-system in -86 called ETC (Electronic Traction Control-system), this was first tested on the IP-Volvo (#606), but later on this needed to be tested on the track against other competing cars. So the former Magnum Racing Volvo, now known as #605, was put back for duty again by Volvo Motorsport in Sweden, the ETC-system was mounted to the car, and some other parts were new and needed to be tested, Brembo-brakes (again) and new heat sinked bellhouses in fron and rear, also this was the first time a bigger wheel was tested, the 17"x9" Speedline forged 5-hollow spoke wheel. 

But the #605-Volvo was first used at Estoril, the final race in 1986, drivers was Swede Peggen Andersson and Italian Mauro Baldi. The ETC-system was a highly advanced system before its time and worked as following: It was a Traction control and braked the car by cutting the power of the engine and braking the wheels if one were to come to qiuck into a corner of the track, this prevented the wheels from spinning in the rear for example.

As mentioned, this was a very advanced system to be on a race car, but much of the systems tested on the race car could later be used on the road cars sold to the public. After the 1986 season had ended Volvo announced that they would withdraw from Group-A as works team. So it came to the decision that the #605-Volvo was to become a museum object at Volvos museum in Gothenburg, Sweden. And there the have it remained since the end of 1986 as a memory of a great era made by Volvo Motorsport. 

However the car have not just been standing there in the museum for all this time, on  occations the car have been a subject for test drivnig by PR-people and the press, and the car have also been a object shown on car shows and Volvo Dealers.


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,

Ulf Granberg (in photo)
Anders Olofsson
Ingvar Carlsson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850421 Vallelunga,

Ulf Granberg (in photo)
Anders Olofsson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850505 Donington,

 

Ulf Granberg
Ingvar Carlsson (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850512 Anderstorp,

Ulf Granberg
Anders Olofsson (in photo)
Ingvar Carlsson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850609 Brno,

 

Ulf Granberg
Anders Olofsson (in photo)
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850616 Zeltweg,
Ulf Granberg
Anders Olofsson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850630 Salzburgring,

 

Ulf Granberg (in photo)
Ingvar Carlsson
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850707 Nürburgring,

 

Ulf Granberg (in photo)
Anders Olofsson
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850728 Spa,

Ulf Granberg
Anders Olofsson
Ingvar Carlsson
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
850915 Nogaro,
Ulf Granberg
Jean-Pierre Malcher
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A
851020* Jarama,

 

Christian Danner
Leopold von Bayern
European Touring Championship in Group-A
861019 Estoril,

Per-Gunnar Andersson
Mauro Baldi
 
European Touring Championship in Group-A