Motoring.com, an Aussie web site, is reporting that Volvo will officially announce its upcoming participation in the V8 Supercars championship in Queensland on June 17, at the launch of its S60 Polestar sedan. The discussions have apparently been going on for weeks, but Motoring.com agreed to hold off on the announcement until Volvo's board had approved the deal.

If entering the series, the automaker will race a rear-wheel-drive S60, with a series-required naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, making about 650 horsepower, mounted in the nose of its tube-frame chassis. While Volvo has offered a Yamaha-sourced 60-degree 4.4-liter V8 in the past, mounted transversely in both its SUV and sedans, it will likely need a 90-degree V8 for racing.

Volvo's entry would be good news to the V8 Supercars series, as it would be the third new entry this year, joining the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Nissan Altima as they battle the traditional Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores. The next race is the Skycity Triple Crown, scheduled for June 14-16 in Darwin. (Pictured above is the Belgian Touring Car Championship Volvo S60.)


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      ryanandrewmartin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ha. Yes!
      citidriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's fine for racing and all but how about a street version of it: V8, rwd, manual trans choice, maybe even a 2 door version; I know, I know, there are probably 100 people that want that so it doesn't make business sense. Oh well, one could dream.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Frank Wulfers
      • 2 Years Ago
      All these cars have the same engines and chassis. There really isn't anything Volvo here, expect for the body shell. And the badges are real, of course! It's like Nascar for the rest of the world. From their website: A Commodore will still have the DNA of a Commodore, ditto for a Falcon or any other type of car that joins in. The doors will still open and close, the panels are the same shape and style of the road car, and the badges are real, too! http://www.v8supercars.com.au/championship/technical/car-of-the-future
      zackwatt
      • 2 Years Ago
      This racing series keeps getting better and better! I can't get enough of the V8s!!! I hope Chrysler is still planning on joining next year too...
      LoneWolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just wish these racing series would go back to their roots, where the cars were actually similar to the ones you could buy, even if it was only a run of 500 cars or something. Why can't I buy a rwd V8 Volvo??
        ravenosa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LoneWolf
        If you're looking for a car, why go with Volvo in the first place??
        bubba_roe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LoneWolf
        How about changing it back so cars dont have to have v8s and can run awd.
      F'nBrower
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought they swore to build nothing bigger than 4 cylinders about a year ago....
      Justin Shaw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whooooooooo!
      Turbo_S60
      • 2 Years Ago
      Curious where they would get a V8 from unless went with some of their old brethren n sourced the V8 from Ford or Jaguar.
      rjwatsonmotors
      • 2 Years Ago
      Best series in the world right now! No ***** footing around, it's full on take no prisoners racing.
      Malou H
      • 2 Years Ago
      it wont look anything like that. Thats another series
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