Volvo develops a new E85 racing car for STCC

The Swedish Touring Car Campionship will have soon a fresh contestant: a new racing car that runs on E85. While Volvo left the competition last year, the company's future plans have become more ambitious. Instead of updating the previous S60-based vehicle, Volvo will use an adapted C30 hatchback running on E85.

"The decision to leave this year's racing car, a Volvo S60, was fairly simple. The Volvo C30 is a somewhat smaller and more agile car with excellent driving characteristics, even in the standard version," says Derek Crabb, head of Powertrain and Engine at Volvo Cars and the man recently appointed to lead Volvo's Racing department.

The car will be developed jointly by Volvo and Polestar Racing.

Full specs after the jump.

[Source: Volvo]


A standard C30 body reinforced by a safety cage and side impact protection on the driver's side, developed in collaboration with Caran.

Front splitter (the lower section of the bumper) and a rear spoiler wing developed by Polestar in Volvo's wind tunnel.

A fully aluminium, transversely mounted, 5-cylinder, inline, four-valve, 1999 cc engine.
Only minor modifications are permitted on the cylinder block and cylinder heads, while valves, cam shafts, pistons, connecting rods, and the crankshaft have been replaced by racing-specific components.
Oil: Castrol 5W-30

Output/torque: 280+ hp at 8,750 rpm/Approx. 230 Nm at 7,300 rpm.

Fuel: E85

Exhaust system:
Stainless steel with catalytic emission controls, specially manufactured by Ferrita.

6-speed sequential gearbox with straight-cut gears, manufactured by Hewland. Front-wheel drive.
Mechanical differential with a torque controlled ramper and friction discs.
SACHS 184mm two-disc carbon fibre clutch.
Oil: Castrol TWS 10W-60.

Weight: Minimum weight 1,134 kg including the driver (58-60 kg).

Front wheel suspension:
Öhlin's McPherson struts developed together with Polestar. Racing-specific support arms and adjustable anti-roll bar.

Rear wheel suspension:
Multilink system with coil springs and Öhlin's dampers. Racing-specific support arms and adjustable anti-roll bar.

Front brakes:
Performance Friction
4-pistion callipers with radially and axially ventilated discs 332x32 mm.

Rear brakes:
Alcon 2-piston callipers with axially ventilated discs 290x10 mm.

Servo-assisted rack and pinion.

17x10,0" BBS wheels

Michelin 17", slicks (no tread), or rain tyres

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