Volvo Polestar Precept
11:00 PM | June 22 2020

Polestar Precept: the future of performance in detail

Join us for a closer look at the stunning Polestar Precept four-door grand tourer concept car that provides a vision of the electric performance brand’s future vehicle aspirations.
Electric performance brand Polestar has already introduced two thrilling production cars – the 450kW/1000Nm Polestar 1 2+2 GT and the 300kW/660Nm Polestar 2 premium five-door fastback – and now it is showcasing more of its exciting future with the Precept concept. 
‘Precept’ is a manifesto of things to come; a declaration. It was chosen to emphasise the vehicle’s role in setting out Polestar’s intent to be the contemporary electric performance brand.  
Beyond powerful, fully electric performance, the four-door grand tourer concept exhibits three other key areas for the Swedish brand: sustainability, digital technology and design. 
The car signifies an important milestone for Polestar as a standalone brand within the Volvo Group, describing a unique design philosophy that remains firmly embedded in Polestar’s brand values: pure, progressive and performance. 
“People ask me all the time, ‘What is the future of Polestar?’” says Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar. “And of course we are not showing our future models just yet. But Precept shows you where we will be heading – our design direction, our ambitions about sustainability, and the great digital user experience we will bring with those future cars. 
“Precept showcases our future, not as a fancy dream or something out of a sci-fi movie. This is our reality, to come.” 
Following the concept car’s February reveal, we now take a look at the Precept in detail. 

Polestar Precept seats
The Precept’s interior shows how high-tech, sustainable materials used together in the right combination can create a new luxury design language. 
A vegan interior with high levels of recycled content built on the vegan foundations presented by the Polestar 2 production car. 
Polestar works together with Swiss natural fibre company Bcomp to integrate flax-based natural composite which has been used extensively to replace many virgin plastics. Composite material reduces interior component weight by 50 per cent with an 80 per cent reduction in plastic. 
Bcomp’s proprietary powerRibs™ technology is inspired by leaf veins, offering rigidity with low weight. Its ampliTex™ composite material is strengthened by the powerRibs™ to create strong and rigid componentry, which can reduce vibrations by up to 250 per cent and perform better during an impact. 
The Precept’s seat covers are 3D-knitted from 100 per cent recycled PET bottles in a single thread – made exactly to size with no waste or off-cuts. Recycled plastic bottles are also used for the 100 per cent recycled headlining textile. 
The ECONYL® carpets are woven from Nylon 6, recovered from reclaimed fishing nets, while waste and recycled cork from the wine industry is converted into cork-based vinyl for seat bolsters and headrests. 

Polestart Precept steering
Digital technology 
Precept features an evolution of the Android-powered infotainment system first found in the Polestar 2. 
A large 15-inch digital interface recognises the driver upon approach, with settings and personal content authenticated by the Polestar Digital Key. 
Google Assistant evolves with advanced speech technology in more languages with better local dialect interpretation and a more personalised and tailored experience. Video streaming services will become available when parked or charging. 
Proximity sensors adjust what is shown on the screen depending on where the user’s hand is placed – display brightness and screen content adjusts according to movements and the need for more or less information depending on what the user is doing. 
The Precept’s 9.0-inch horizontal driver display contains vital information and is linked to eye tracking – which monitors where the driver is looking and adjusts the way information is presented. Typically, this display shows larger, brighter and vital information when the driver’s focus is on the road ahead, and adjusts to become smaller and more detailed when the system detects a safe opportunity for glancing at the display.
Google Maps and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) are now merged into one system for safer manoeuvres and more accurate predictions based on traffic conditions. They are shown together in one combined graphic in the driver display. 

Volvo Polestar Precept look
A distinct direction for Polestar’s design language is characterised by the Precept’s restrained yet powerful surfacing and aerodynamic efficiency. 
Polestar Design also evolves to take sustainability and technology as sources of inspiration instead of looking back at historical automotive references. 
Precept is a proof point of how avant-garde design and perfect proportions can create a new aesthetic for the electric age. 
The front fenders are integrated into the bonnet to improve air flow by reducing turbulence over the rest of the body – important for increasing EV range. 
Air ducts behind the front wheels allow air to exit the wheelhouses and contribute to a more laminar flow around the side of the car. Air ducts in front of and behind the rear wheels contribute to brake cooling as well as wheelhouse depressurisation. 
Precept’s 22-inch forged, machined performance wheels feature aerodynamic inserts, flush door handles as well as flush integration of the glasshouse remove all air flow disturbances, and a slim waist and powerful hips form an aerodynamic tapering of the cabin. Further streamlining is created by the absence of conventional side mirrors. A rear camera and small side cameras feed digital interior mirrors. 
Full-width tail-lights with vertical air blades complete the aerodynamic design, allowing for cleaner air flow off the vehicle’s surface. 
The Thor’s hammer front light signature (pictured below)  is now split along the horizontal edge – an evolution of the Volvo signature in a more angular, Polestar style. 

Volvo Polestar Precept headlight
Welcome and farewell light sequences are inspired by astronomical events, starting in a burst of light from the centre of the car which radiates outwards. 
The Precept’s ‘SmartZone’ front end swaps breathing for seeing. With no traditional grille required to feed air to an internal-combustion engine, there are instead Pilot Assist elements – including long- and mid-range radar units, ultrasonic sensors, and a high-definition wide-angle camera. It’s a natural placement for this technology in the digital age. 
Additional SmartZones on either side of the car house additional driving assistance sensors, and a roof-mounted LIDAR pod is positioned for superior visibility for future advanced driving technology. 
There’s a play between high-gloss and matte surfaces – within one colour or switching between materials. Note the distinct lack of chrome. 
Sensor and lighting technologies, as well as high-tech materials, are celebrated through careful design execution and serve as a new set of premium details that move away from stereotypical chrome, leather and wood. 
The front splitter, side sills and rear valance in Bcomp natural composite echo the concept’s interior panels. 
A long wheelbase accommodates high battery capacity and lots of interior space despite the Precept’s low roof line – batteries are purposefully placed beneath the floor without intruding into the rear passenger footwells, much like the Polestar 2. 
Rear legroom is given high priority. It’s akin to that of larger luxury tourers and matched by expansive headroom and a panoramic view. 
The absence of a rear window allows for the traditional rear roof beam to be moved further rearwards for an extended, single-volume glass roof and better headroom – as well as a larger, deeper tailgate opening with a roof-mounted hinge. 
A precise, diamond cut crystal houses a holographic projection of the Polestar emblem and is placed between the rear-seat headrests as a symbol of the brand’s role as a guiding star in a new execution. An inscription on the crystal shows the precise astronomical position of the polar star. 

All these details showcase how – through the areas of sustainability, design and digital technology – Polestar can establish itself as the contemporary performance car brand.

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