Volvo C30 Polestar Concept (2011)
Volvo C30 Polestar Concept
During its long partnership with Volvo Polestar has built a unique knowledge and experience in performance optimization of Volvo cars for racing use. Celebrating the double victory in 2009 Swedish Touring Car Championship, STCC Polestar management decided to use the company's in-house knowledge to develop a concept road car based on race car data from the C30.
The concept car project was initiated as a symbol , and a communication platform, for the extension of the Polestars brand and it's move into offering products for Volvo road cars.
The projects purpose was to find out what would happen if a team of racing engineers and drivers got free hands to design their own ideal road version of the car model they had spent thousands of hours perfecting for racing use within a specific race regulation.
One of the teams first priorities was to convert the car to all wheel drive with the help of Haldex gen 4 system completed with Quiafe limited slip differentials front and rear. For power supply the proven Volvo T5 2,5 turbo engine was chosen to ensure that the car would get enough power to deliver competitive performance as well as reliability and driveability in all driving conditions. Exterior design and aerodynamics were based on Polestars extensive race car testing in Volvo Cars wind tunnel and suspension upgraded in cooperation with the race teams partner Öhlins. To ensure braking performance in level with power and handling Brembo brakes were fitted.
The car's interior displays an ambition to use the highest level of materials in an honest way placing them with performance, function and appropriateness coming first. In collaboration with Tärnsjö Garveri that make the most beautifull leather from Scandinavian bulls a functional yet welcoming interior has been designed to reinforce the C30 interior.
The result was a car that builds on the duality of the C30. It was designed to deliver both high performance driving and long distance travelling. A true Grand Touring car combining high performance and efficiency from the conclusions and results proven in motorsport with the luxury and feeling from high level materials and solutions.