It was just a rumor, but now it's official, mates: Volvo will be joining the V8 Supercars series in Australia with an official team for 2014. Volvo is partnering with Garry Rogers Motorsport and its own Polestar tuning firm to create Volvo Polestar Racing.

A V8 engine will be produced by the Swedish arm of the racing effort, and will be supplied to the Garry Rogers team, which will get the whole shebang ready for the track. The outfit will be running two V8 Supercars "based on the production S60 road car." Considering that the S60 uses a range of transversely mounted engines with four, five or six cylinders (powering either the front or all four wheels) while the new race car will employ a V8 sending about 650 horsepower to the rear wheels, make that very loosely based on the production S60...

Volvo claims this is the first factory-backed entry in the V8 Supercars series from a luxury brand. We should note, though, that Mercedes-Benz is represented in the series with an E-Class sedan, but that outfit isn't quite an official entry from the car's German parents. In any case, you're encouraged to watch the teaser video and read the press release below for all the details.


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Volvo Cars to join Australian V8 Supercars Championship

Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) announces it will have an official Volvo Polestar Racing team on the grid in the V8 Supercars Championship in 2014 and race the Volvo S60.

"I'm delighted to announce Volvos return to motorsport in Australia. Volvo has a rich motorsport heritage in this country, including winning Australia's most famous race, the Bathurst 1000, 15 years ago this coming October. As the first luxury car brand to enter an official factory team in the V8 Supercars Championship, we're determined to add to this heritage, while strengthening the presence of the S60 model line and the Volvo brand here in Australia," said Matt Braid, Volvo Car Australia Managing Director.

Volvo Car Australia will join forces with Volvo Car Group's global motorsport partner Polestar to create a partnership with the well-renowned V8 Supercars team Garry Rogers Motorsport, and form Volvo Polestar Racing Australia to compete in the championship.

The announcement is made a week after Volvo's Swedish Volvo Polestar Racing outfit celebrated a championship record 1-2-3-4 win in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, where the team has been a long-term presence and has won many titles.

"We are extremely happy to expand our motorsport activities and offer a Volvo Polestar Racing team to fans in Australia and all over the world. The V8 Supercars championship is one of the - if not the - most competitive touring car championships in the world with fans across the globe. With the new Car of the Future regulations, it offers a perfect platform for our Volvo S60," said Derek Crabb, Executive Motorsport Director of Volvo Car Group

Polestar has been Volvo Car Group's global performance and motorsport partner since 1996, and has campaigned Volvos in the World Touring Car Championship and the European Touring Car Championship. Currently, the team leads both the manufacturers' and drivers' championship in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, and will now also take on the responsibility to produce the V8 engine and assist Garry Rogers Motorsport in the development of the S60 V8 Supercar.

"We are very proud and excited to take on this new challenge and we will do our absolute best to utilize our 17 years of experience racing with Volvo, and add engineering and development strengths to the already competent team at Garry Rogers Motorsport," said Polestar owner Christian Dahl.

V8 Supercars team Garry Rogers Motorsport - which this year celebrates its 50th consecutive racing season at the top level - will take on the responsibility to produce and race two V8 Supercars Volvo S60's from 2014.

"The opportunity to align ourselves with Volvo and Polestar is first class. Most heartening of all, I am dealing with people who understand racing from an engineering perspective and the personal, day-to-day matters you need to have experienced to achieve success," said Garry Rogers, founder and owner of Garry Rogers Motorsport.

Volvo has a rich heritage of motorsport in Australia, having won the 1986 Australian Touring Car Championship in 1986 with Robbie Francevic in a Volvo 240T. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Volvo winning Australia's most famous race, the Bathurst 1000 in 1998 with Jim Richards and Rickard Rydell in a Volvo S40. Volvo is now set to start a new chapter in its racing history in Australia with the Volvo S60.

For more information about the series, visit: http://www.v8supercars.com.au/. For more information about Volvo Polestar Racing, visit: http://www.volvopolestarracing.com/


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      Andrew B
      • 1 Year Ago
      Had to do a double take. Thought it was a C Class for a moment. Not a bad thing at all.
      Ae Neuman
      • 1 Year Ago
      while it's exciting to see another manufacturer join the v8 supercars (with nissan, mercedes, chrysler, ford, holden), silhouette racing quickly turns boring. take a look at the german dtm - that's now as exciting as watching paint dry. a huge contrast to the days when dtm which ran production based cars.
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ae Neuman
        That's because racing series everywhere are being commercialised. It takes everything great out of it, to the point it's just custom panels and stickers going really fast around the track.
      Brian Donnellan
      • 1 Year Ago
      volvo's a luxury brand?
      Farmboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      This excites me. It is showing serious dedication to the Polestar brand. Volvo backing it is hopefully going to pay off on both ends. Now for a Polestar wagon....
      Peter Middleton
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought Volvo was borderline bankrupt?
      zackwatt
      • 1 Year Ago
      This sport keeps getting better and better! The COTF is doing exactly what was promised...make it easier for more manufacturers to join V8 Supercars. I would like the cars to represent the road versions a bit better, but this is a good middle ground and it will ensure the longevity of the sport!
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zackwatt
        Take a look at NASCAR. In my opinion, standardizing the vehicle really takes a lot of life out of it. It's cool to get more manufacturers involved, but when they all follow the same strictly-dictated formula, then each new entrant really brings very little to the table.
          zackwatt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          I agree standardizing the vehicle takes a bit out, but you have to think about if from a manufacturer and team owner point of view. This new car is able to get total vehicle cost down from $600,000 to $250,000 and engine costs from $100,000 to $50,000. And the safety improvements were definitely needed, especially when it came to fire risk. I don't like it, but it's not the 1990s anymore. It's either going to be all one manufacturer with a car that is closer to the road version, or its going to be multiple manufacturers with a more standardized car. Sadly, I don't think you can have it both ways anymore...
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          @zackwatt I'd like to think of it this way: if you don't make a RWD sedan, and if you don't make a car with a V8...then maybe you shouldn't be in the V8 Supercars Series. Same with NASCAR, except for 2-door cars. If you don't make a 2-door, RWD, V8 car, maybe you're just trying to take advantage of NASCAR's massive fanbase and are not actually passionate about that style of racing. I agree that the business side of things means that history and existence of similar production cars has nothing to do with this decision. I see this and I wonder 'why isn't Yamaha joining this series instead of Volvo?'. It's a Yamaha designed engine -- what work did Volvo actually put into this? I'm probably giving too much credit to Holden and Ford, assuming that they actually had some manufacturing, engineering, or tuning involvement in previous seasons.
          zackwatt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          I wouldn't be surprised if the V8s get dropped in the coming years. Of all the cars, the Commodore is the only one you can get with a V8 in standard trim. You have to buy an FPV Falcon to get a V8. NASCAR aside, touring car racing was created to help push the sales of new cars. That's what it's about. I won't blame the manufacturers from trying to get exposure where they can. IMO, V8 Supercars is still the best racing series out there...and these changes aren't going to hurt it. I will admit the formula isn't perfect...
      VWdubz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dislike where V8 Supercars is going. It used to be about big V8 muscle cars. Now it's starting to sour. First a Nissan Altima, now Volvo. Instead of an Altima, Nissan should have used an Infiniti M50. I know, they need more cars because the Ford Falcon is going away. Mercedes is a good fit though.
      Michael Peters
      • 1 Year Ago
      I couldn't be more excited about what V8 supercars is doing. I know everyone else is going to say it too, NASCAR take note.
        ROLO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Peters
        like both so no no notes need to be taken.
      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      ASC drop the V8
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        compassstl
        • 1 Year Ago
        If it is indeed derived from the Yamaha V8, then it's the same base engine Noble uses in their M600, which develops 650bhp and 605 lb ft of torque (http://www.noblecars.com/m600/m600.html & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_M600#Engine_and_transmission) with a top speed estimated at 225mph in that application.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @compassstl
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        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        "Officials of all three companies involved (Volvo, Yamaha, and Ford) insist that the Volvo V8 is not related to the SHO engine." "Volvo discontinued the engine subsequent to its change in ownership and management in August, 2010." I know companies aren't always forthcoming in the heritage of their engines but I think there is substantial reason to doubt your suspicions.
          compassstl
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          Notedly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvo_B8444S_engine and http://www.caradvice.com.au/236095/volvo-announces-v8-supercars-program-using-yamaha-v8/
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
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          compassstl
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          Where are you getting that the S80 and XC90's V8 wasn't Yamaha-derived? I've never heard anything EXCEPT that it was, and used the same architecture as the one in the V8-powered SHOs
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe it won't be so rubbish after all... going by that video.
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      So excited for Volvo
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