Volvo will enter the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) with a C30 driven by Robert Dahlgren. He says the C30 STCC is the fastest Volvo he has ever driven.

The car is based on the facelift version of the C30, but with improved rear suspension, engine, and aerodynamics. "We’ve gone over every single aspect of the new car - front and rear suspension, engine and aerodynamics. We want to be absolutely sure of all the improvements, and also to confirm the reliability of all the new and revised components," says Christian Dahl, Team Manager for the Volvo Polestar team.

Volvo and Polestar have had success on the racetrack before. In 2009, they had the fastest times in all of the qualifying sessions and succeeded in winning half of the heats. This year, they have extended their testing program to secure victories for the 2010 STCC and have already clocked in 3000 kilometers of track testing.

Follow the jump for a video of the Volvo C30 STCC and the press release.

Press release

Volvo Car Corporation and Polestar will begin this year’s Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) season on 24 April at Jyllandsringen in Denmark. The ambition is to defend both the driver and team championship titles. At centre stage in this ambition is the new race car.

"This is the fastest Volvo I’ve ever driven," says Volvo Polestar driver Robert Dahlgren.

At first sight, the most striking thing about the new car is its new front end. Just like the production version, the new race car has a front end which is longer, lower, wider... and meaner-looking. And more important still, the new design delivers a higher ground pressure at the front, and an improved airflow right around the car.

"We’ve worked very hard to take full advantage of the new C30 facelift, spending countless hours in the wind tunnel at Volvo Cars in the process," says Jan Andersson, Technical Director of the Volvo Polestar team.

Even more track testing to help secure new victories

2010 Volvo C30 STCC High Resolution Exterior
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In 2009, Volvo and Polestar were the fastest team in all the qualifying sessions, and won half of all the race heats. The key to that success was an extensive pre-season testing programme. In the run-up to the 2010 season, their testing programme has been even more intensive. The team has already clocked up 3,000 kilometres of track testing with the new race car. Compare that with the 150 kilometres or so that each driver covers in the course of a normal STCC race weekend!

"We’ve gone over every single aspect of the new car - front and rear suspension, engine and aerodynamics. We want to be absolutely sure of all the improvements, and also to confirm the reliability of all the new and revised components," says Christian Dahl, Team Manager for the Volvo Polestar team.

In the STCC to win

Volvo Cars recently extended its agreement with Polestar right through to the end of the 2012 season. This was confirmation of the car-maker’s confidence in Polestar to develop and race its official entries in the STCC. What comes next are 18 gruelling events - a battle for those 450 possible points.

Derek Crabb, Director of Motorsport at Volvo Car Corporation, sounds extremely confident of success. "In 2007 we proved together that a race car can win using a greener fuel, when we pioneered bioethanol in racing instead of petrol. The following year we proved that the fastest car does not arrive in a box from Germany or the UK. And last year we proved that our green DRIVe technology, as found in our production models, could also outperform everything on the race track. All of our staff and all of the Volvo Polestar fans can now see for themselves exactly what we are prepared to venture and just what we can do. That is worth far more than just points in a competition."

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12 comments:

  (453) posted on 02.17.2012

Cool customization! I like the white wheels, it perfectly suits the sporty look of this race car. I hope it performs well as it looks.

  (359) posted on 02.20.2011

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

  (212) posted on 02.20.2011

I didn’t get why the rear wheels shoved in?

  (807) posted on 10.14.2010

I feel like they are never going to get here. I’ve been waiting to get rid of my 2005 Acura TL that I bought back in 2005 for a while now and I don’t even have anything in the flesh that I want yet.

  (274) posted on 05.6.2010

Pretty cool custom make over. I guess this car is ready on the race track.

  (367) posted on 04.18.2010

I think Volvo race cars can also compete to other race cars that are already in the list of the cars that can compete in the race track.

  (666) posted on 04.15.2010

Well, this model may not be the best creations of Volvo but I’m glad the car performance is improving.

  (428) posted on 04.13.2010

Why are the rear wheels shoved in, I didn’t know there where cholo’s living in sweden...

  (518) posted on 04.12.2010

I hope that it can out perform all the competitors on track. Well that’s the promise made by Volvo.

  (798) posted on 04.12.2010

I bet they will work hard to just to make the C30 more faster and have a chance to grab a title in races.

  (1023) posted on 04.12.2010

I agree it was well tuned and well balanced for sports to meet the STCC’s requirements.

  (1333) posted on 04.11.2010

Yes, of course it would be the fastest one because it was fully tuned and custom to meet the STCC’s SOP’s and restrictions.

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