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Polestar has undertaken the first of a series of crash tests as part of the development of the Polestar 1

This represents the first time the Volvo Car Group has assessed the strength of a carbon fibre reinforced polymer body in a real crash situation.

“We were really excited about this crash test. The first crash test of Polestar 1 has been about exploring the unknown,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer at Polestar. “This was a crucial proof point in the development of Polestar 1; we had to know that the ideas and calculations that have gone into building this car were right – and they were.”

Most of the energy was absorbed by the car's crash structure, with the remaining energy mitigated by the carbon fibre body panels into the body structure which remained rigid and did not show signs of bending or misalignment after the crash.

The crash test was conducted at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden, where cars and other vehicles are crash-tested in a large number of real world simulations.

The First Fully Electric Volvo

With the introduction of the forthcoming fully electric Volvo XC40 SUV next month, Volvo Cars is not just launching its first fully electric car – in true Volvo tradition, it is also introducing one of the safest cars on the road, despite a fresh set of challenges presented by the absence of an internal combustion engine.

“Regardless of what drives a car forward, be it an electric machine or combustion engine, a Volvo must be safe,” says Malin Ekholm, head of safety at Volvo Cars. “The fully electric XC40 will be one of the safest cars we have ever built.”

While building on the excellent safety standards of the original XC40, Volvo Cars safety engineers had to completely redesign and reinforce the frontal structure to deal with the absence of an engine, meet Volvo Cars’ high safety requirements and help keep occupants as safe as in any other Volvo.

“The fundamentals around safety are the same for this car as for any other Volvo. People are inside, and the car needs to be designed to be safe for them,” says Malin Ekholm.

Hylton Gott Ltd Back Young Female Racing Driver

Hylton Gott is sponsoring teenager driver Chloe Hewitt as she makes her season debut progressing from karting competitions to race car driving.


A member of the King’s Lynn Motor Club, Chloe, aged 17 from nearby Sudbury, came into contact with Dealer Principal, Steve Tilburn, who sits on the committee and edits the club’s newsletter. Chloe competes in the Open Class, although all Minis compete at the same time, and has so far  raced in the Mini Challenge which took place at Silverstone in May and again at Brands Hatch on 16-17 July. Chloe is easily spotted on the track behind the wheel of her distinctive liveried zebra ‘racing stripped’ car.


“At first glance, it sounds a bit of a mismatch, a Volvo dealership sponsoring a Mini Challenge driver and the Hylton Gott Volvo name emblazoned all over the car, but we have watched Chloe mature from a competent and impressive kart racer to making her debut on the bigger track. We think she is hugely talented and will go far, we’re delighted to be one of her first sponsors,” comments Steve Tilburn. “There’s also the personal connection as our business has been involved with the King’s Lynn Motor Club for some years where Chloe has been an active member having cut her racing teeth with the club.


“The sponsorship offers us the opportunity to promote our dealership to race-goers throughout the country. The Mini Challenge is typically contested by up and coming young drivers who are usually watched by parents and other family members. We believe very much in supporting young people from the local area and wish Chloe the very best of luck this season”, adds Steve.


Located at Downham Road, Crimplesham, Hylton Gott has a long association with motor sport in the local area including fielding its own team in local race meetings.


For Chloe racing was in her blood, her father Tony Hewitt is a former rally driver. The Mini Challenge was launched in 2002 has provided an affordable way to take part in racing and provides a natural route for progression. The series includes Best of British prizes and initiatives such as a Touring Car test for a JCW Class driver and a subsidised JCW drive for the Cooper Class winner. The Mini Challenge is hotly contested and competitions take place at the UK’s top circuits including Brands Hatch GP, Donington, Oulton Park, Silverstone and Snetterton. Hylton Gott provides Chloe’s tyre package and with its own racing heritage, members of the team are always on hand to give Chloe additional advice.

Hylton Gott Volvo service team achieve outstanding result in national competition

Kings Lynn-based Volvo retailer, Hylton Gott’s bodyshop team has taken fifth place in the finals of a major global Volvo competition against 40 teams.

The retailer represented the UK on the global stage at the VISTA 2018 Award after scooping the top prize at the UK round of the Volvo International Service Training Awards.

The competition finals consisted of a series of practical and theory tests to assess their level of expertise and Volvo product knowledge with the team finishing in a very respectable fifth place.

The winning Hylton Gott team – Jody Wilson, Kyle Williams and Robert John, travelled to Sweden (19 June 2018) to compete against winning Volvo teams from around the world.

The winning Hylton Gott team have over 43 years of combined experience working for Volvo. Bodyshop manager, Jody Wilson, started at Hylton Gott when he was 17 and worked his way up from bodyshop technician to managing the onsite bodyshop. Robert John, master technician and workshop manager, joined the Hylton Gott team 16 years ago as a service technician and was quickly promoted through the four technician levels. Kyle Williams, bodyshop apprentice, joined the retailer when he was 18 and is currently working his way through the Volvo apprentice scheme.

Retailer principal Stephen Tilburn, commented: “The team were very much looking forward to taking on the best from Volvo networks across the world and we are very proud of their performance. The competition saw around 13,000 Volvo employees take part so to finish so high up the grid in the worldwide rankings is amazing and reflects the high calibre staff in the business. We will certainly be looking to boost our position in next year’s competition.”

We're Hiring!

Volvo Vehicle Technician

Hylton Gott, part of the Holden Group is a multi-award winning company with strong values that put our people and customers at the heart of everything we do. Our purpose is to help our team members create the life they want.

We are currently seeking a skilled Technician to join our Volvo Dealership. The main aim of this role is to accurately, skilfully and efficiently undertake the repair and servicing of customer vehicles. Whilst detecting and diagnosing any additional faults for further repair ensuring all work is completed safely and to the customer’s satisfaction The successful applicant will enjoy excellent benefits including a £150 Personal Development Budget, Career progression.  A contributory pension scheme and staff discounts.

The successful candidate will have a strong technical background, preferably with Qualified Technician Status, although manufacturer-specific training will be provided. Strong administration skills and customer facing aptitude are essential. Applicants must have a flexible approach to work and a full understanding of customer satisfaction.

So if you would like to become part of our family and work for a company who help you create the life you want and offer exciting career opportunities then we want to hear from you!


Please contact our HR Coordinator - Michelle Cocker - on 
01603 283914 for an informal chat or email your CV to