Volvo has unleashed Polestar Performance on the lovable C30 hatch to create a new prototype. If that name sounds familiar to you, odds are you spend a fair amount of time downloading footage of the Swedish Touring Car Championship. Polestar Performance has been banging fenders since 1996, and has campaigned a C30 for two seasons now. But Volvo wanted to see exactly what the team could create without any pesky race regulations looming over them.
The result sounds mighty tasty to us. Polestar's wrenches managed to pull around 400 horsepower from the car, though so far the team is keeping engine details to themselves. All that power goes to the ground via an all-wheel-drive system, and judging from the grainy rendering, it looks like we can expect a substantial amount of work on the C30's suspension and aero package. The proto should see the light of day for the first time at the Gothenburg Motor Show on April 22.
Developing 400PS and transferring the power to the road via an all-wheel-drive system, the C30 Performance Concept Prototype was designed to evaluate what happens when a Championship-winning team of race engineers and designers get free-reign to design and engineer a car rather than developing it to fit very specific race regulations.
"We love the Volvo C30 - it's a great car with huge potential for development with its low weight and low centre of gravity. It's also a fantastic road car. But now we go much further by combining the road car with cutting edge racing technology," says Robert Dahlgren, race and development driver at Polestar.
"It's particularly inspiring to develop this specific C30. This car is built just in the way we want to do it. Polestar has probably spent more time than anyone else in the world to get speed out of the C30, and this time we can realize ideas without being halted by specific race regulations," says Jan Andersson, technical director at Polestar Racing.
The concept includes a 400 PS-engine, all-wheel-drive, and aerodynamics based on Polestar's race car data. Further updates on the project, including the announcement of technical specifications, will be posted on the company's web site www.polestar.se. The first public appearance of the C30 Performance Concept Prototype will be at Gothenburg Motor Show between 22-25 April.
Polestar – developing road car performance
The announcement of the C30 Performance Concept Prototype follows the launch of a range of performance enhancements for D5-engined Volvo cars. Volvo XC90 owners can now specify a retrofit engine software enhancement that adds 20hp and 50Nm of torque to the standard car, enhancing performance and drivability. The Polestar upgrade is also available on S80, V70, XC70, XC60 and outgoing S60 models. The enhancement is now available at all Volvo dealerships priced at £640.