Volvo’s performance wagon will pace the World Touring Car Championship

In October 2015, Volvo unveiled the S60 Polestar TC1 race car and announced that it has joined the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in a partnership with Cyan Racing. With the 2016 season set to kick off on April 3rd at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, the Swedish automaker revealed it will also supply the championship’s new safety car. The vehicle in question is based on the V60 Polestar unveiled in 2015 and will pace the WTCC for the coming seasons, according to a "new long-term agreement" with the FIA.

“Last October we welcomed Polestar’s long-term commitment to the WTCC as a manufacturer. Now we welcome Polestar as the new Official Safety Car partner of the WTCC, an exclusive opportunity which will allow them to promote their extremely safe and high-performing V60 Polestar flagship model around the world,” said François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the promoted of the WTCC.

Much like all safety cars seen on the track today, the V60 Polestar WTCC is actually a road-going model with minor exterior modifications that include a light bar on the roof, and "Safety Car" and "WTCC" markings on the doors and engine hood. Modifications are more extensive on the inside, where the wagon received a roll cage, rescue and communication equipment, all built to meet the rigorous safety requirements of the FIA and WTCC. The drivetrain remains unchanged, meaning the wagon uses a 3.0-liter inline-six engine rated at 350 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, a six-speed automatic transmission, and a Haldex all-wheel drive system.

The V60 Polestar will lead the WTCC field ahead of the races and will also follow the pack on the opening lap for 12 events in 2016. The season begins in early April in France and will end in late November in Qatar.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volvo V60 Polestar WTCC Safety Car.

Why it matters

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By supplying the World Touring Car Championship with the official safety car for the next few years, Volvo will be able to better showcase the technology behind the V60 Polestar, a wagon that’s not only fast, but also among the safest cars on the market. Throughout the season, the V60 Polestar will pace the WTCC field in 12 countries on four continents, which is a great marketing deal. More importantly, Volvo now has two vehicles to show off with help from the WTCC series: the V60 Polestar and the S60 Polestar, which the race cars campaigned by Cyan Racing are based on.

Volvo V60 Polestar

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Read our full review on the Volvo V60 Polestar here.

Press Release

The Volvo V60 Polestar becomes the world’s safest safety car in a new long-term agreement with the FIA World Touring Car Championship, starting in the season-opening WTCC Race of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on April 1-3rd.

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The Volvo V60 Polestar Safety Car, specifically modified with mandatory safety equipment, and its crew, which consists of a driver and observer, will lead the WTCC field ahead of the races and will also follow the pack on the opening lap.

“It was an easy decision to start a cooperation with the WTCC on the Official Safety Car. This allows us to close the circle from track to road by showcasing customers the take-home alternative of our racing car technology in the form of the Volvo V60 Polestar Safety Car, at the same time being part of the vital and extensive safety work of the championship,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

The Volvo V60 Polestar Safety Car is equipped with a roll cage, rescue and communication equipment in order to meet the rigorous technical and safety requirements set by the FIA and WTCC promoter Eurosport Events.

“Last October we welcomed Polestar’s long-term commitment to the WTCC as a manufacturer. Now we welcome Polestar as the new Official Safety Car partner of the WTCC, an exclusive opportunity which will allow them to promote their extremely safe and high-performing V60 Polestar flagship model around the world,” said François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events.

Developed from 20 years of motorsport experience, the Volvo V60 Polestar, awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP, has been extensively engineered to deliver an engaging, precise and confident driving experience in all weathers with input from factory Polestar Cyan Racing drivers Thed Björk, Robert Dahlgren and Fredrik Ekblom.

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Polestar, the performance brand of Volvo Cars, enters the FIA World Touring Car Championship this season with Cyan Racing, the motorsport partner to Polestar, in a multi-year programme with two newly developed Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 race cars, based on the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar road cars.

The WTCC season consists of 12 race weekends on four continents across the world with manufacturers such as Citroën and Honda, in the fight for the prestigious World Title of touring car racing.

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