Volvo will be entering the World Touring Car Championship with a C30 DRIVe model in 2011. The company will participate in all races with one Volvo C30 DRIVe racer driven by Robert Dahlgren. However, the 2011 season will just be an evaluation, as the official entry will be made in 2012.

"We are very happy and proud for this vote of confidence. This will be a challenge for us but we have prepared for this for several years. Our organization is in place and we have already started with preparations" says Christian Dahl, Managing Director for Polestar Racing. "Volvo has a solid touring car racing tradition and we see a potential now for converting this into a global commercial tool from 2012 through WTCC. It is vital the technical and commercial aspects of the series align with our ambitions and this is what Polestar is out to confirm for us in 2011."

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Robert Dahlgren will pilot Volvo Cars’ Swedish Touring Car Chaimpionship-winner in the World Touring Car Championship in evaluation for an official Volvo entry from 2012.

The Official Volvo Motorsport partner since 1996, Polestar Racing, has just been given a green light by Volvo Cars to enter one car in the 2011 WTCC season. Polestar will participate in all races in 2011 with one Volvo C30 DRIVe racer driven by Robert Dahlgren.

Racing results in 2011, however important, will still be second priority. Polestars first and foremost task is to evaluate the car and the championship to provide Volvo Cars with a technical and commercial base to be able to finalize an official Volvo entry from 2012.

"We are very happy and proud for this vote of confidence. This will be a challenge for us but we have prepared for this for several years. Our organization is in place and we have already started with preparations" says Christian Dahl, Managing Director for Polestar Racing.

Volvo fans everywhere remember Volvo winning both the European Touring Car Championship with the 240 and the British Touring Car Championship with the S40. Volvo has also won the Swedish Touring Car Championship with the 850, S40, S60 and most recently, with the C30.

Now for 2011, Volvo is set to take the first step to a come-back to international motor sport.
"Volvo has a solid touring car racing tradition and we see a potential now for converting this into a global commercial tool from 2012 through WTCC. It is vital the technical and commercial aspects of the series align with our ambitions and this is what Polestar is out to confirm for us in 2011" says Magnus Jonsson, Volvo Cars Senior Vice President of Product Development and chairman of the Motorsport Board.

However, Volvo fans will not need to wait to 2011 to see the Volvo C30 in action on track. Freshly crowned Scandinavian Champion Robert Dahlgren can secure back-to-back victories for Volvo and Polestar in The Swedish Touring Car Championship this coming weekend on October 2:nd. A month later, Polestar and Dahlgren will compete in WTCC at Okayama in Japan - a soft start to the 2011 WTCC season.

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13 comments:

  (553) posted on 02.9.2012

I don’t like the green shade with this car. It looks like a plain to me. It looks like not a race car after all. It was a bit disappointing.

  (474) posted on 11.14.2011

I don’t like the graphic design of this race car. It looks so nasty and messy either. Anyway, the fact that it is a sports car, I am hoping that it could deliver a powerful engine output.

  (453) posted on 07.29.2011

If the heat is reduced because of ethanol fuel. It will give a better performance for a race car and lessens the possible malfunction like overheating. We must support this promotion for good.

  (314) posted on 07.19.2011

I agree with Jared. Car racers nowadays use that ethanol fuel for it is an environment-friendly. Most racer prefer using this because it reduces the heat of the car during a race.

  (461) posted on 07.12.2011

Using Ethanol fuel is a big help for the car industry. Its good thing to consider this one because it is now widely used as an additive fuel for automobiles that is the reason why its production is approximately high.

  (571) posted on 11.8.2010

E85 is a great fuel for a race car because you can make more power and keep your engine cooler just like when using straight methanol.

  (858) posted on 11.5.2010

Will be a cool addition for that Race-series

  (518) posted on 11.4.2010

When will these companies realize that the future of automotive industry is in hydrogen fuel cell and not unpractical batteries.

  (544) posted on 10.14.2010

Yeah lets just take more food out of our mouths. Has nobody learned that ethanol is the wrong fuel to be using?

  (247) posted on 10.11.2010

This car has one of my favorite liveries currently out there racing. Very cool color scheme.

  (309) posted on 10.6.2010

Agreed! Nothing better than seeing a huge wagon race around corners on two wheels. I still love the 850 Estate because of those racers.

  (461) posted on 10.3.2010

That’s for those Momma’s that have to get their kids to the soccer games in a hurry.

  (1211) posted on 10.1.2010

There are some really really great ethanol producing plants where one part is used for food and the rest is scrapped. Its those scraps they are starting to use now.

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