After decades of cat-and-mouse battle waged between Holden and Ford, Australia's V8 Supercars series has expanded considerably. Mercedes and Nissan both joined the grid last season, and Volvo has followed suit this year. So when 2014 championship kicked off earlier this month in Adelaide, everyone was watching to see who would come out on top.

The answer is Holden, which took first place in all three of the weekend's races. In fact the General Motors division locked out the podium in the first and third races and took first and third places in the second race, letting just one other manufacturer onto the podium the entire weekend – and that was Volvo. The Polestar S60 scored second place on its first race weekend, beating all the Nissan Altimas, the Mercedes E63 AMGs, the Ford Falcons and most of the Holden Commodores.

Now that's hardly winning the championship, but it's a very solid debut. And that point was not lost on the people back at headquarters in Sweden, who are already thinking about making a roadgoing version of the race-spec V8 Supercar.

Speaking with Aussie car site, Volvo R&D chief Peter Mertens hinted that such a project is being developed, although it likely wouldn't be based on the current S60. Instead it would have to wait on the next-gen model that will share its Scalable Product Architecture with the upcoming new XC90. That could take some time, but we're sure that the engineers at Polestar aren't wasting any time getting it ready. In the meantime the S60 Polestar with its 345-horsepower turbo six will just have to suffice.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      And last year Jaguar's Australian rep said they wouldn't participate because they couldn't see themselves being beaten by a plain old Holden Commodore. Well Nissan and Mercedes didn't feel that way, and neither did Volvo. Now Volvo has proven that it can run with the big boys, even if it did place second. Still scared, Jaguar?
      Ae Neuman
      • 1 Year Ago
      a great debut, checkout the video on youtube. it shouldn't be too hard to fit their existing yamaha designed 4.4liter v8 into an s60 ?
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very impressed that they beat Mercedes
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should. That would be awesome.
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      Even if this is not strictly a silhouette series, the results achieved by any car is not really relevant to the road going model. This results doesn't speak much for the qualities of the S60, or Volvo. Rather, the team did a good job and that's about it. Too many specs components. It's a good show to watch, action packed and so on, but like DTM (not to mention Nascar of course), it weakens my interest when the cars are not unique to each manufacturer. I've always considered a spec series and the likes as some sort of feeder series. Even if I'm not the typical fan, I think it's a long way before Volvo, or any other brand except for Holden and Ford Australia, can deliver a product based on its V8 Supercar image. I'm much more interested in GT racing or even WTCC.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even with a turbo six... it's 1.9 tonnes or something ridiculous. I'd be interested to see a RWD V8 Volvo, especially in the handsome new design language they've developed. But I would absolutely loathe a sort of small capacity V8, force induced, transverse FWD/AWD setup. That'd tick me right off.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Weren't they supposed to drop everything from their line up that wasn't a 4 cil engine? With a maximum capacity of 2.0L? I'm not complaining about the possibility of a V8, i just find this news... weird.
      Bryant Keith
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the only thing I dream about at night