Polestar announces Volvo C30 Performance Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

Just before Volvo Cars and Polestar defend their crow at the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) this upcoming season, an ultimate concept car was unveiled just for the street – the Volvo C30 Polestar Performance Concept Prototype.

This performance concept from Volvo and Polestar is aimed to show what could be the result when racing engineers and designers are given the liberty to create a road-going car without having to be bound to a specific racing regulation.

The unveiling of the Volvo C30 Polestar Concept Prototype allows Polestar to build on the strong driving attributes of the standard C30 while demonstrating the connections between the racing cars and the Polestar Performance products.

Volvo C30 Polestar Concept Prototype comes as a result of Polestar's experience from evolving the Volvo C30 into a winning race car. Both the interior and exterior designs of the performance concept tell of how skilled Polestar is in tweaking C30's aerodynamic and driving characteristics.

After all, the C30 is the product of years of development and testing, including computer simulations as well as wind tunnel and race track testing. Racing is just one side of the partnership between Polestar and Volvo.

In fact, Polestar has raced using several Volvo cars like the 850, S40, and S60. In 2009, Polestar ran away with a win in the STCC for Volvo Cars with the C30.

As a testament to the close connection between Polestar and Volvo Cars in testing and development, Polestar was made in charge of developing Polestar Performance Engine Optimization Products to serve as a complement to Volvos standard cars. Polestar Performance Engine Optimization Products – which can be availed at Volvos dealers – are covered by Volvo’s original warranty.

Press Release

Volvo C30 Polestar Performance Concept Prototype

This weekend Volvo Cars and Polestar enter their fifteenth consecutive motorsport season in the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) as reigning champions. But even before the racing cars exit the pit for the weekends' first practice session, Polestar now present the ultimate Volvo car for the street.

Main objective with the Volvo C30 Polestar Performance Concept Prototype is to explore what happens when racing engineers and designers get free hands to build a street car without any limitations set by a specific racing regulation.

Polestar has a long and successful competition history with Volvo, racing with 850, S40, and S60. In 2009, Polestar won the STCC for Volvo Cars with the C30, a car they developed completely from scratch.
The close relationship between Polestar and Volvo Cars in testing and development has lead up to Polestar receiving the responsibility to develop Polestar Performance Engine Optimization Products as a complement to Volvos standard cars.

These products are sold through Volvos dealers on several markets and are the only engine optimizations for Volvo cars covered by Volvos original warranty and where the certified fuel consumption and emissions remain unchanged.

With the Volvo C30 Polestar Concept Prototype, Polestar aimed to build further on the strong driving characteristics of the standard C30 and at the same time illustrate the link between the racing cars and the Polestar Performance products.

The car is based on Polestars unique experience from developing the Volvo C30 into a winning race car. The interior and exterior design reflects Polestars know-how on the C30's aerodynamic and driving properties derived through several years of development and testing - from computer simulations, to wind tunnel and race track testing.

The car will premiere for the public at Gothenburg Motor show April 22-25.

Polestar C30 Performance Prototype Technical Specification
Engine:
Volvo T5: 2.5L Turbo with larger intercooler and KKK 26 turbo
Modified pistons, conrods and inlet camshaft
Power Output: 405 hp. Torque: 510 Nm

Drivetrain:
Quaife mechanical differential brake front and rear
Haldex AWD

Chassis:
Öhlins shock absorbers and springs
More responsive steering rack with 2,25 ratio

Brakes:
Front: Brembo 380mm discs with six piston calipers
Rear: Brembo 330mm discs with four piston calipers

Rims and Tires:
BBS FI 19x8,75"
Pirelli P Zero 235/35 ZR 19

Interior:
Racing seats with Ternsjö leather and four point harness

Exterior:
Aerodynamics derived from the STCC race car

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