• Volvo and Polestar Racing to develop racing prototype of C30

When you think about high-performance race cars, the name ‘Volvo’ doesn’t usually pop up in discussions. As one of the world’s most conservative car brands, Volvo doesn’t really elicit thoughts of race cars the same way Ferrari or Porsche does.

Yet despite not being considered a popular racing brand, Volvo is far from being a pushover when it comes to car racing. As a matter of fact, the brand’s Swedish Touring Car Team is a defending champ in its racing league.

That being said, Volvo and its racing partner ‘Polestar Performance’ have developed a new racing prototype that’s based on the Volvo C30 with a goal of building a car that boasts just about everything a true-blooded race car driver wants on their car including performance, reliability, and speed.

The prototype C30 comes with a 400-horsepower engine, an all-wheel drive system, and aerodynamic features that were taken from race car data that came from Polestar themselves.

Robert Dahlgren, Polestar’s race and development driver, was geeked up by the thought of seeing a C30 get the full racing treatment. “We love the Volvo C30 - it’s a great car with huge potential for development with its low weight and low centre of gravity,” he said. “It’s also a fantastic road car. But now we go much further by combining the road car with cutting edge racing technology."

For those of you that are intrigued by how this Volvo C30 racing prototype comes out, you won’t have to wait long because the car is scheduled to be unveiled at the Gothenburg Motor Show in a few weeks time (April 22).


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  (472) posted on 02.16.2011

The new car is a version of the face-lifted C30 production model, with updates to suspension, engine and aerodynamics.

  (539) posted on 02.16.2011

Trying to depend the team Volvo they come up with the updated version of the C30 to contest last year Swedish Touring Car Championship.

  (665) posted on 04.15.2010

Volvo kinda sounds like a brand that would be producing and distributing cars that are family oriented. Well, for their wagons back then, I really admire them cause its so family oriented. It’s not a bad thing for their cars to have a racing technology, maybe it is just what they need to get more sales.

  (503) posted on 04.6.2010

Isn’t that the volvo was already bought by the Chinese? Does it mean that the c30 is made in china already?

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