Volvo unleashes Polestars both on road and racetrack

Volvo unleashes Polestars both on road and racetrack

Volvo Polestar RacingThe Townsville 500 weekend turned out to be trying for Volvo Polestar Racing. Although, Volvo driver, Scott McLaughlin, showed strong form in qualifying with two fourth places, there were technical issues.

“We qualified really well and I led the first race. But unfortunately there was a safety car session and a few things happened and we ended up falling back to sixth,” says McLaughlin.

Team-mate Robert Dahlgren was on pace in qualifying, four tenths from pole position for the second race, but unfortunately had 18th as best result in the races.

“My second qualifying session was good and I was in the top 10 in the final race as we had a different strategy that could have been really good. But then I had some technical problems which meant that I dropped back unfortunately,” says Dahlgren.

McLaughlin ran into trouble in the second race as he was penalised for speeding in the pitlane, while the third and final longer race saw him finishing ninth.

“Unfortunately I sped coming into the pitlane. It was my mistake and I feel very sorry for the boys. But I managed to get 10 or 12 places back after that which was awesome. Then in the third race we struggled a little bit pace wise, so to end up ninth was good. You got to make the most of the bad days and we did,” says McLaughlin.

McLaughlin remains in seventh position in the championship and the next race takes place on 1-3 August with the Coates Hire Ipswich 400.

In related news regarding the Polestar, the Swedish car developer announced on June 30 that that a total of 750 cars will be produced of the S60 and V60 Polestar model this year, heading to customers in Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.

Volvo is shipping out the first units of the limited-edition vehicles. The bad news is production of the 350-horsepower hatchback and sedan is very limited. Volvo is building a total of just 750 of them for the world market, and the US is only getting 80 wagons and 40 sedans. With Australia and New Zealand to miss out entirely.

“We are very happy to see the first ever complete production cars from Polestar be built in the Volvo factory. It is a satisfying result of many hours of work by the people of Polestar and Volvo behind this,” said Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar technical project manager.

The Volvo factory in Torslanda celebrated 50 years recently with more than 6.8 million cars produced, starting with the Amazon model in 1964 and all the way to the new S60 and V60 Polestar today. The Polestar model also marks the first ever independent partner being introduced to the production process.

“We are delighted to see the first cars leave the factory and it has been an exciting journey together with Polestar to see these cars from the drawing board until the actual finalized product being produced with us on the factory line,” says Volvo Cars Europe manufacturing vice president Magnus Hellsten.

The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar features a thoroughly developed chassis with high performance dampers and brakes which in combination with four-wheel drive and 350 hp from a turbo charged 6-cylinder engine creates a driver’s car for all year.

For more information on the Polestar click here .

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