Polestar has undertaken the first of a series of crash tests as part of the development of the Polestar 1
“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.
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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.”
The New S60 lands at Hylton Gott Ltd in early 2019
The New Volvo S60 is due to land in our Showrrom ealy 2019.To arrange your test drive please contact Darren, Richard or Tom on 01366 383352.