11:00 PM | September 25 2020
Volvo P1800 Cyan reinterprets iconic 1960s sports car
The racing team long associated with Volvo has created a modern-day version of the classic 1960s P1800 sports car.
Volvo’s iconic 1960s sports car, the P1800, has been reinterpreted for 2020 by Cyan Racing, the reigning triple World Touring Car champion team.
Cyan Racing, which raced Volvo cars after its founding in 1996 and won its first world title with Volvo in 2017, says it wanted to create a car that imagined the outfit had existed in the 1960s and had been given the chance to design a road-going version of a P1800 race car.
The Volvo P1800 Cyan started life as a 1964 model but has been significantly enhanced with modern components and construction.
While the body replicates the styling of the original P1800 unveiled 60 years ago, it is made from carbon fibre and high-strength steel rather than steel for greater strength and lower weight. The greenhouse (glass area) has also been repositioned and there are wider tracks (the width of the wheel axles), larger (18-inch) wheels, and modern-day Pirelli P Zero tyres.
Underneath, the chassis is also reinforced with carbon fibre and, where the original P1800 featured a live rear axle, the Cyan P1800 employs independent, double-wishbone suspension front and rear.
The suspension features lightweight components and provides extensive adjustment for areas such as the dampers.
The 4.2-metre-long Volvo P1800 Cyan weighs just 990kg.
Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder – the same engine used in the Volvo S60 TC1 race car that won the 2017 World Touring Car Championship. It produces 420 horsepower (308kW) and 455Nm of torque.
Drive goes to the rear wheels via a customised five-speed dog-leg gearbox and limited-slip differential.
For a purer driving experience, Cyan Racing decided to forgo modern driving aids such as electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes or brake booster.
Cyan Racing says it also chose to “capture what has been and to make it timeless” despite being in an age of autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity.
"Obviously we could have built an electric Volvo P1800 filled with all the latest technology, comfort and luxury. But that was not what we wanted," said company CEO Christian Dahl.
"Amid this paradigm shift we decided to slow down time and freeze a part of it in our own time capsule. To take the best from the golden sixties and combine it with our capabilities of today, keeping a pure yet refined driving experience.
“The Volvo P1800 Cyan is the result of an advanced engineering process, involving many of the same talents who designed, built and developed our world title winning Volvo S60 TC1 Cyan.”
Cyan Racing was previously known as Polestar, before the brand was adopted by the Volvo Group to represent a new electric performance car division.
It was involved in the development of the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar performance sedan and wagon produced between 2013 and 2015, while it also helped create the Volvo C30 and S60 Polestar concepts.
Cyan Racing says pricing and individual specification for the P1800 Cyan is available for prospective clients.
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