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Can A Sensible Swedish Station Wagon Take On The Honda Civic Type R?

Can A Sensible Swedish Station Wagon Take On The Honda Civic Type R?

The Volvo V60 T6 is a modern-day Sleeper, but can it take on one of the best hot hatchbacks on sale today?

We all know that drag races between stock cars are not as exciting as a full-on drag battle between highly modified cars. That said, it’s interesting to see how two very different vehicles stack up against one another. The YouTube channel Sam CarLegion has arranged for the Honda Civic Type R and Volvo V60 T6 to meet at the drag strip. Can the sensible Swedish wagon win against one of the best hot hatchbacks currently on sale?

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Volvo Eyeing Increased Presence In Formula E

Volvo Eyeing Increased Presence In Formula E

Already involved in an advisory capacity, Swedish automaker could launch its own racing team

Add Volvo to the growing number of automakers looking into increasing its presence into Formula E. Word from Motorsport indicates that the Swedish automaker is currently evaluating its involvement in the new electric racing series with its own performance division Polestar. There’s no concrete plan on what this all means, but considering that Volvo already participates in the Formula E Manufacturers’ Advisory Group, an “increased presence” likely means becoming an electric powertrain supplier to incumbent teams or launching its own team altogether.

Volvo’s reported interest in increasing its involvement in Formula E isn’t a new occurrence in the fledgling racing series. In recent months, other automakers have expressed similar sentiments. That list includes BMW and Nissan, both of which have also expressed interest in joining Formula E, as per a report from Autosport back in July 2016. Neither company have specified their respective intents on the matter, but it’s worth noting that BMW is also part of the same advisory group as Volvo. The German automaker, together with Rimac, also provides support vehicles in the series, including the i8 Safety Car.

In the event that Volvo does launch a bid to field its own racing team in Formula E, it would join Renault, Peugeot-Citroen, Audi, Jaguar, and Mahindra on the grid in future seasons. That doesn’t include BMW and Nissan, both of whom have their own respective issues to deal with before it can fully jump on board and join the growing electric racing series.

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Volvo V60 Polestar Is The New WTCC Safety Car

Volvo V60 Polestar Is The New WTCC Safety Car

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.

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2016 Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 Race Car

2016 Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 Race Car

It’s been 30 years since Volvo won the European Touring Car Championship with the 240 Turbo but the Swedish brand is celebrating by preparing a race car for the 2016 World Touring Car Championship. Based on the S60 sedan, the four-door was developed by Polestar, the company’s performance division, and will be campaigned in the WTCC by Cyan Racing.

Polestar’s official motorsport partner since 1996, Cyan Racing has six Swedish/Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) driver titles and seven team titles under its belt and will now take part in Polestar’s first multi-year program in a world championship.

Volvo’s previous factory effort in the WTCC dates back to 2011, when Polestar Racing completed a full season with a track-prepped version of the C30 hatch. The Swedes weren’t successful though, finishing last in the manufacturers’ championship, failing to score wins or podiums. Previously, Polestar raced an S60 in the Swedish event of the 2007 season, while Olsbergs Green Racing fielded C30s at Brands Hatch in 2008 and 2009.

”We have chosen the FIA WTCC as our global motorsport platform as it combines the cutting edge technology of our Volvo cars with exciting racing all over the world. The championship enables us to further develop our technology and utilize development from the racing circuits directly to our products for performance oriented Volvo customers,” said Niels Möller, COO of Polestar.

In 2016, Polestar will face competition from Citroen, Honda, Lada, and Chevrolet.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 Race Car.

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Geely-Owned Company Buys Miller Motorsports Park Circuit

Geely-Owned Company Buys Miller Motorsports Park Circuit

Toole County, Utah commissioners made a surprise announcement on Tuesday, that Miller Motorsports Park has been sold to Chinese company Mitime Investment and Development group for $20 million. You may not have heard of Mitime, but you’ve probably heard of its parent company, Geely, which is China’s largest car company and current owner of Volvo.

Originally constructed in 2006 by Salt Lake City billionaire and Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller, the track was left to Toole County in 2014 after the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies (Miller passed away in 2009) decided not to renew its lease on the property. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, county commissioners opted to sell the track rather than shut it down.

That being the case, all track operations will continue as they were and all 90 employees at Miller Motorsports Park will keep their jobs. The 23-turn, 4.48-mile track currently hosts several sports car races, including a round of the Pirelli World Challenge, and motorcycle races. Its also home to the Ford Performance Racing School and formerly hosted rounds of the American Le Mans Series.

MMP’s new owners also a have a few updates and additions in mind. Both an oval test track and drag strip are planned, as well as a new hotel that will house Geely drivers, mechanics, and any other personnel with business at the track.

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Video: Volvo Polestar Racing Present its V8 Supercars Engine

Video: Volvo Polestar Racing Present its V8 Supercars Engine

The V8 Supercars series kicks off on February 27th with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, Australia, and someone new is making an appearance. That’s right, with Polestar in the mix, Volvo is making its way into the V8 Supercars championship for 2014.

In celebration of this monumental even, Volvo has treated us to the above video that shows the new V-8 engine clearing its throat, while engineers closely monitor it. Not only does this engine sound really ticked off that it took so long for Volvo to make this change, but it also backs up that attitude with 650 ponies without the aid of forced induction. Volvo’s getting serious, folks.

We know that the Volvo brand doesn’t really make performance junkies twitch, but the more recent addition of Polestar models has really lent a little performance cred to the reborn company.

Have a look at the video (above) and make sure to crank those speakers up nice and loud. Enjoy!

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Volvo sets out to attack the touring car championships.

Volvo sets out to attack the touring car championships.

Volvo enters the Swedish Touring Car Championship.

Volvo push their enviromental plans, by entering the STCC in 2007 with cars powered by bioethanol.

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