Volvo to present the S60 Polestar on June 16

Article by Christian A., on June 8, 2012

At the upcoming round of the Swedish TTA - Racing Elite League on June 16, expect to see a performance concept road car by Polestar. This vehicle, officially named the Volvo S60 Polestar, is based on the Volvo S60 platform. It will be seen during the third round of the new racing series, which will take place at Polestar's home track in downtown Gothenburg, Sweden.

Polestar Marketing Director Hans Bååth said that this performance concept road-car is a spin-off of its work to assess and develop the S60 for racing. There was instantly a lot of interest around the world after the introduction of the Volvo C30 Polestar in 2010. Polestar has received a ton of requests from interested consumers.

However, the first Polestar concept-car was not initially meant to be produced. Polestar was at the FIA World Touring Car Championship to campaign for the Volvo C30 WTCC. The first S60 Polestar is produced for a very enthusiastic bidder for the original C30 Polestar.

Bath said that it’s an “open question” if more cars will be made. He also said that there first has to be feedback for the first prototype. Last year, Volvo made the choice to shift its race-car entry from the C30 to the S60 model.

What Polestar did next was to begin a comprehensive research and evaluation-program to gather vehicle data from the S60 platform. However, Polestar has yet to make the final decision on which racing class to participate in.

Polestar also thinks that it has a lot to learn about the built-in characteristics if the S60. Jan Andersson, who oversees complete vehicle development at Polestar, said that what they discovered was a “very strong” Volvo that could be a good fit to motorsport and that also had a nearly perfect platform for a road-going performance car. Volvo's engineers are famous for their expertise in car and traffic safety.

Polestar revealed that that the Volvo S60 Polestar Concept is a performance concept car that was created with the hopes of satisfying drivers who put performance ahead of everything. Polestar is the official motorsport and performance brand of Volvo Cars. In developing the S60 Polestar Concept, the goal was to have a car that would be able to offer the driving experience Volvo is known for.

As such, the T6 engine fitted to it has been tweaked to deliver an increase not only in the power but in the torque as well. Meanwhile, the chassis was not only reinforced but has been widened and then lowered. This is then combined with the Öhlins suspension and the all-wheel drive Haldex system. This means that the S60 Polestar Concept does not only excel when it comes to high performance driving but it is just as capable on long travels.

Polestar Founder and CEO Christian Dahl shares that they are more than happy to show how Polestar would interpret the S60 from Volvo. This model was made using their own preferences, he adds, and from experience are the same ones that other active drivers also have. With regards to the driving experience of this new model, Volvo Polestar racing driver Robert Dahlgren reveals that the S60 has always been considered as a well-sorted vehicle.

For the S60 Polestar Concept, he says, the company made the chassis, the engine, and even the transmission on exactly how they wanted it to be. As such, it shows new levels when it comes to performance and handling, he adds. While it is indeed the most extraordinary Volvo he has ever driven, Dahlgren continues, the true Volvo feeling remains.

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