• Oct 31st 2006 at 2:31PM
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This trio of Volvo C30 concepts greets every person entering the Ford display at the 2006 SEMA show. Our favorite by far was the C30 by Evolvo that's powered by a sequentially turbocharged version of the normal C30's 2.5-liter in-line five-cylinder engine, but producing 507 hp and 468 ft-lbs. of torque in its SEMA form. The rear two wheels have also been invited to the drivetrain party so that all four 19-inch Evolve "F1" Multipiece wheels (13-inch wide rears, as you can see) can be driven mad by the monster motor. The bodywork on the Evolve is particularly impresive. After the jump you can see that the C30's schnoz has been lengthened 6 inches and adjustable front splitters now flank the mighty nose. Out back the body has been widened to accomodate the larger rear wheels, which created a space above the rear fenders where Evolved rerouted the exhaust outlets. Very trick, very nice. There's also a serious spoiler perched atop the C30's signature hatch and a real, functional air diffuser below.

Check out the Heico C30 and the 400-horsepower ipd C30 with gull-wing doors. The latter looks like it's doing a passable impression of a Subaru Impreza Rally car.

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Volvo C30 by ipd

Volvo C30 by Heico

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The exhausts on the ipd C30 are from the 2006 Yamaha R6 motorcycle. Kinda odd, but maybe not so weird considering the XC90's engine is also from Yamaha.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey! Yet another car ripping off the Lancer Evolution under-bumper fins.
      • 8 Years Ago
      JS (#4)...
      "Different" can be either ugly or attractive. This is definitely different and ugly -- not attractive. I agree that SEMA cars should be out of the ordinary, but they should also be attractive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      its intresting to see them go from this http://www.autoblog.com/2006/09/01/volvo-readies-three-c30-concepts-for-sema/ to the above. ipd is the only one who stuck to the first plan really.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yea! With no S30R on the board, hopefully someone will really start manufacturing these 'chargers. I've thought for a long time that this inline-5 was a nice motor, and this is just a great example of where you can go with it. :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      The first one can be saved by the engine, and that's all. The second is the best one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good god, that first one is horrid. That is definitely a "schnoz".
      • 8 Years Ago
      That Heico is really sharp looking... love that stitching all over the interior.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That Evolvo cage is horrible! Why even bother? Was their goal to turn a safe Volvo into a death trap?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yup, that nose is huge...but I love the 13 inch rears and the exhaust poking through the fenders.
      • 8 Years Ago
      IPD nails it as usual... now where is that s60 softloader???

      FYI its Evolve not Evolvo - they do some pretty cool stuff as well but I am an IPD guy myself.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ""Different" can be either ugly or attractive. This is definitely different and ugly -- not attractive. I agree that SEMA cars should be out of the ordinary, but they should also be attractive."

      thanks for the lesson, Steve. you forgot to mention that 'ugly' and 'attractive' are purely subjective, so what you deem ugly may be attractive to someone else.

      personally, i like all these C30's. i can't wait to see the 'normal' ones on the road.
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