It’s good to be back.
16 years after Jim Richards and Rickard Rydell won the Bathurst 1000 in a Volvo, we are returning to the track, this time on the grid of the 2014 V8 Supercar championship.
It is the first entry into the category by a factory luxury car team and sees the transformation of Garry Rogers Motorsport into Volvo Polestar Racing, continuing a long and successful association between Volvo and Polestar that started back in 1996.
Polestar are one of the few companies to have a race team and also make their own cars - the only others being Ferrari and McLaren. But for Polestar, the link between road and race car is even more direct. The Volvo V8 Supercars are based on Volvo’s sportiest sedan – the S60 which the Polestar engineers deemed such a perfectly balanced car built for performance, it was the perfect foundation to build race car from.
The two share the same engineering DNA but of course there are differences as the engineering requirements for a pure bred race car and a high performance saloon you can drive every day are very different. The race car's engine is based upon the Volvo B8444S V8 unit previously seen in the XC90 but with an increased 5.0 litre capacity and it has been comprehensively adapted and modified by Polestar for the stresses and strains of top flight motor racing.
Thanks to its compact size and narrow 60 degree vee configuration, the B8444S is a truly unique engine on today’s racing grid. Indeed motorsport fans will instantly recognise the Volvo Polestar Racing S60s in 2014 thanks to the engine’s signature high pitched note.
The season is 15 heart thumping races long starting with Adelaide’s Clipsal 500 in February and stretching all the way through to the Sydney 500 in December. We have waited a long time for the opportunity to showcase Volvo’s performance credentials again and we do not intend to waste it.
Like we said, it is good to be back.
We have reserved our place on the grid, we hope you can join us.
To read the complete press release please see below
Official Press Release
Volvo S60 V8 Supercar makes its debut
Volvo Polestar Racing has unveiled its Volvo S60 race car that will debut in the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship by driving it across the world’s most famous ‘coat-hanger’ – the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
After months of speculation, the distinctive Valvoline-liveried Volvo S60 V8 Supercar made its way across the Bridge and into Sydney’s CBD to an official presentation overlooking the Sydney Opera House.
Joining team naming rights partner Valvoline on the Volvo S60 are Volvo Car Financial Services, Volvo Trucks, Cummins, Hexis, Freem, Browne & Co and Clingtape.
Volvo Car Australia Managing Director Matt Braid was joined by drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren, team principal Garry Rogers and Polestar owner Christian Dahl to present the race car to the media. “This is an historic day in the history of Volvo Car Australia,” said Matt Braid. “As the first luxury car manufacturer to enter V8 Supercars with a factory team, we’re delighted to reveal our Volvo S60 race car to meet the challenge of the world’s toughest touring car series and strengthen the presence of the S60 model line – and Volvo brand – here in Australia.”
Utilising the resources of Volvo, Polestar and GRM, the Volvo Polestar Racing S60 V8 Supercar has been designed and built to V8 Supercars’ ‘Car of the Future’ regulations. These regulations include 18-inch wheels, transaxle gearbox and independent rear suspension (see specification details below).
“This is a significant day,” said Christian Dahl. “Polestar has been Volvo Car Group’s global performance and motorsport partner since 1996, and has campaigned Volvos in the World Touring Car Championship, the European Touring Car Championship and, currently, the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. To that end, we’re looking forward to the challenge of the V8 Supercar Championship.”To read the full press release click here