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28

FEB

Fighting V8 Supercars season start for Volvo Polestar Racing

Volvo Polestar Racing started the 2015 V8 Supercars premiere weekend at the Clipsal 500 fighting hard. Scott McLaughlin scored two strong qualifying positions with second and third on the grid, but the first two races saw the Kiwi having to fight mechanical issues and penalties. ”It has been an up and down day today. We had a really fast car, but it did not translate into the results we wanted. We are going to fight back tomorrow,” said McLaughlin.
The very first race ended on the warm up lap as the oil pump failed for McLaughlin. The second race saw McLaughlin starting second after a strong effort by the team to repair the car in the short period of time between the races. 

The Kiwi claimed the lead into the first corner from reigning champion Jamie Whincup. But the stewards judged McLaughlin to have jumped the start and awarded him a 10 second penalty to take during his pitstop. The Kiwi pitted from a strong lead during a safety car session to take his penalty, a move that was not allowed according to the regulations, resulting in a further penalty of 10 seconds to be added after the race.

McLaughlin rejoined the track in ninth position after his stop and fought hard up through the field to get past Craig Lowndes to third position in the closing laps. The second penalty however meant that McLaughlin dropped from third to ninth position after the race.
”The car was really fast in the second race and I moved forward through the pack after my pitstop penalty. I got third place off Lowndes eventually and I had a great battle with him. The second penalty, well, it is one of those things. That is the rules, we got to take them and we will fight on tomorrow. The pace is there, no doubt,” said McLaughlin.

Team mate David Wall fought hard as well in the two opening races, climbing from 23rd to 17th in the first race and from 21st to 15th in the second race.
”We worked on trying to make the tyres lasting longer in the second race. The changes were very effective and it allowed me to climb the order with a better result,” said Wall.

One longer race of 250 kilometres remain of the Clipsal 500 weekend and starts at 15:25 tomorrow local time.

Clipsal 500 Adelaide - V8 Supercars
Circuit: Adelaide Parklands Street Circuit
Length: 3219 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:20.3776, Shane van Gisbergen (2014)
 
Results
Race 1 – Top 5
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 39 laps
2 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.8572
3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +1.2519
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +1.4641
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +1.9777
17 David Wall Volvo S60 +8.6105
DNS Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60

Race 2 – Top 5
1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 39 laps
2 James Courtney Holden Commodore +1.9574
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +8.8547
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore +10.0055
5 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +15.0016
9 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +18.2067
15 David Wall Volvo S60 +22.6355

Qualifying Race 1 – Top 5
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:20.0905
2 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.3437
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.4182
4 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +0.6184
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.6303
23 David Wall Volvo S60 +1.4297

Qualifying Race 2 – Top 5
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 1:20.0319
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2843
3 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3071
4 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.4280
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.4711
21 David Wall Volvo S60 +1.1074

Schedule
(Times in UTC +10,5h)

Sunday 1/3
10:55 Qualifying Race 3 (20 min)
12:10 Top Ten Shootout (25 min)
15:25 Race 3 (78 laps)
 
TV Coverage

Polestar Media Contact
Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234

25

FEB

Volvo Polestar Racing ready for 2015 V8 Supercars season start

The 2015 V8 Supercars season starts this weekend with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, Australia where Volvo Polestar Racing driver Scott McLaughlin is aiming high. ”I am going for the win, the Volvo is really good around a street circuit like Adelaide,” said McLaughlin.
The 21-year-old Barry Sheene Medal Winner made his debut for Volvo Polestar Racing at the Clipsal 500 last year when he thrilled the crowds to qualify second and then beat multiple champion Jamie Whincup in an epic last lap fight.
”We had an awesome race last year at Clipsal. Obviously the car has been developed a lot further since then and I am looking forward to use that knowledge this year,” said McLaughlin.

Newly signed driver David Wall is going to make his debut for Volvo Polestar Racing in Adelaide and the 32-year-old is aiming to build momentum as the season progresses.
”I am really excited to get to the Clipsal 500 and get the season underway. I was pretty happy with the feeling in the car during the test days. The environment with the team is great and everything is working well so far. I just want to build momentum as the year goes on and really get stuck into it,” said Wall.

Wall and McLaughlin face a 23-car field in the 2015 V8 Supercars season with 14 rival teams representing Holden, Ford, Nissan and Mercedes. The season features 15 race weekends, with the season finale being held in Sydney on the first weekend of December.
”For us it is very important that we hit the ground running and get a good bag of points this weekend. This is the start of our second year and I am very much looking forward to it,” said McLaughlin.

Clipsal 500 Adelaide - V8 Supercars
Circuit: Adelaide Parklands Street Circuit
Length: 3219 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:20.3776, Shane van Gisbergen (2014)
 
Schedule
(Times in UTC +10,5h)

Friday 27/2
09:05 Practice 1 (30 min)
10:50 Practice 2 (30 min)
12:55 Practice 3 (30 min)
15:35 Qualifying Race 1 (10 min)
16:00 Qualifying Race 2 (10 min)

Saturday 28/2
10:10 Practice 4 (20 min)
13:45 Race 1 (39 laps)
16:25 Race 2 (39 laps)

Sunday 1/3
10:55 Qualifying Race 3 (20 min)
12:10 Top Ten Shootout (25 min)
15:25 Race 3 (78 laps)
 
2015 V8 Supercars Calendar
Date / Event / Location / Race / Format
Feb 26-Mar 1 / Clipsal 500 Adelaide / Adelaide Street Circuit / Super Street
Mar 12-15 / Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix* / Albert Park / International
Mar 27-29 / Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint / Symmons Plains / Raceway Super Sprint
May 1-3 / Perth Super Sprint / Barbagallo Raceway / Super Sprint
May 15-17 / Winton Super Sprint / Winton Motor Raceway / Super Sprint
June 19-21 / Skycity Triple Crown Darwin / Hidden Valley Raceway / Super Sprint
July 10-12 / Castrol Townsville 400 / Reid Park / Super Street
July 31-Aug 2 / Coates Hire Ipswich / Queensland Raceway / Super Sprint
Aug 21-23 / Sydney Motorsport Park / Sydney Motorsport Park / Super Sprint
Sept 11-13 / Wilson Security Sandown 500 / Sandown Raceway Pirtek / Enduro Cup
Oct 8-11 / Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 / Mount Panorama / Pirtek Enduro Cup
Oct 23-25 / Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600 / Surfers Paradise / Pirtek Enduro Cup
Nov 6-8 / ITM 500 Auckland / Pukekohe Park Raceway / Super Sprint
Nov 20-22 / Phillip Island Super Sprint / Phillip Island Circuit / Super Sprint
Dec 4-6 / Sydney 500 / Sydney Olympic Park / Super Street 
* = Non-championship round 
 
TV Coverage

Polestar Media Contact
Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234

23

FEB

Sales of the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar expands to 13 countries

After substantially exceeding customer demand expectations in 2014, the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar gets a renewed production of 750 cars in 2015 and expands to 13 countries around the world. ”We are delighted to see the positive response from customers all over the world on our very first production car. This marks another important milestone for Polestar,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
After rolling out the cars to customers in eight countries last year, the S60 and V60 Polestar will be expanded to the Middle East for 2015, a region showing strong interest for Polestar. The new countries to get the MY16 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar include Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

“The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are selling faster than we expected, and we have, as a result decided to expand into new markets. Polestar remains an integral performance brand partner and this is a clear sign of confidence in the potential of this partnership,” said Anders H. Gustavsson, Vice President Special Products at Volvo Car Group.

The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are designed to carry Polestar's engineering philosophy to deliver an engaging, precise and confident driving experience in all weathers, on all roads and in all seasons.

”I have just returned from racing in Australia where I spent a lot of time behind the wheel of my Volvo S60 Polestar. First thing when I got back to Sweden, I picked up my Volvo V60 Polestar and drove it 1200 kilometres from Polestar to my home in the north of Sweden. I have lived with it in the harsh and hot conditions of Australia, as well as the cold and snowy Sweden and it delivers a great driving experience as well as driver confidence wherever you go,” said Robert Dahlgren, Polestar racing and development driver.

Read more about the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar on www.nextpolestar.com.
 
Download further images of the cars in our media database
 
Technical Specification

Performance
Volvo S60 Polestar
0-100 km/h 4.9 sec
0-200 km/h 17.7 sec
0-60 mph 4.7 sec
0-120 mph 16.6 sec
Top speed 250 km/h* / 155 mph*

Volvo V60 Polestar
0-100 km/h 5.0 sec
0-200 km/h 17.8 sec
0-60 mph 4.8 sec
0-120 mph 16.7 sec
Top speed 250 km/h* / 155 mph*

* = Electronically limited

Chassis
Polestar Öhlins shock absorber system
Polestar front strut brace with carbon fibre enforcement
80% stiffer Polestar springs compared to S/V60 T6 R-Design
Front: 62 N/mm
Rear: 67 N/mm (S60) 72 N/mm (V60)
Stiffer Polestar top mount front and rear
Stiffer Polestar tie blade bushing

Tires and rims
Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245/35 ZR20 (95Y) XL
Polestar bespoke rims, 20_8”

Features
Launch control 
Polestar calibrated stability control system
 
Engine
6-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2953 cc
258 kW (350 hp DIN / 345 hp SAE) @ 5250 rpm
500 Nm (369 lb-ft) @ 3000-4750 rpm
Max 6500 rpm
New twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo
Max boost 1.2 bar
New intercooler
Polestar 2.5” stainless full-flow exhaust system with twin 3.5” tail pipes

Transmission
AWF21 automatic gearbox with paddle shift system
Polestar transmission calibration for faster gearshifts, launch control and curve-hold functionality
Four-wheel drive
Polestar Haldex calibration for more rear torque dynamic distribution

Brakes
Front:
Polestar/Brembo 6 piston brake calipers
371_32 mm ventilated and floating Brembo discs
Pads: Brembo HP1000
Rear:
302_22 mm ventilated discs
Pads: Brembo HP2000

Curb weight
S60: 1766 kg / 3893 lb (same as S60 T6 R-Design)
V60: 1834 kg / 4043 lb (same as V60 T6 R-Design)

Fuel tank
67,5 litres

Fuel consumption (combined)
9,9 l/100 km (S60)
10,2 l/100 km (V60)

CO2 emission
231 g/km (S60)
237 g/km (V60)

Environmental classification
Euro 5b+

Markets for 2015
Australia
Bahrain
Canada
Japan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Oman
Qatar
Sweden
Switzerland
United Arab Emirates 
United Kingdom
USA

12

FEB

Volvo Polestar Racing fields most merited ever STCC line-up

Volvo Polestar Racing is going to field the most merited driver line-up ever for the 2015 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship with drivers Thed Björk, Fredrik Ekblom and Prince Carl Philip. ”We are proud to confirm the strongest ever driver STCC line-up and we have a clear goal set for the 2015 season: to become the first ever team to claim three consecutive STCC drivers’ and teams’ titles,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

The drivers represent no less than six STCC titles, with Björk and Ekblom equal on three titles each, a number never before being represented in a STCC team.

”We have a bullish but realistic goal for the 2015 STCC, something enabled by having the very best, both in terms of drivers and every single person in the team. With that said, we are in no way taking anything for granted, the competition from other teams in the very top is just as last year going to be very tough,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Motorsport Commercial Director of Volvo Cars.

 

Volvo Polestar Racing claimed the drivers’ and teams’ title in the 2014 STCC with Björk scoring his second straight title and Ekblom securing the bronze position. The contracts for Björk and Ekblom have been extended to new multi-year deals, with Prince Carl Philip continuing on his third year of the existing contract.

 

”I am really pleased with extending my contract with Volvo Polestar Racing, there is no team I would rather be with. My goal is firmly set on taking a third straight STCC title, something no other STCC driver has accomplished,” said Björk.

 

”I am more than happy to continue with Volvo Polestar Racing and I want revenge after my 2014 STCC result which did not reflect my true speed. I am driving flat out to move up two spots in the championship this year, number one is as always my goal,” said Ekblom.

 

”My goal for 2014 was to score top ten finishes consistently and I managed that in more than half of the races. 2015 will be my third year in the STCC and I look forward to the challenge together with Volvo Polestar Racing. My goal is to break into the top ten of the championship standings,” said Prince Carl Philip.

 

Volvo Polestar Racing takes part in the 2015 V8 Supercars parallel to the STCC programme, with Scott McLaughlin and David Wall as drivers in cooperation with Garry Rogers Motorsport.

 

2015 STCC Calendar

 

08-09/05 Skövde Airport

29-30/05 Anderstorp

25/06 Mantorp Park

10-11/07 Falkenberg

14-15/08 Karlskoga

11-12/09 Solvalla

25-26/09 Knutstorp

 

Drivers – Volvo Polestar Racing 2015

 

Thed Björk

Lives: Karlskoga, Sweden

Born: 14 December 1980

Race Car: Volvo S60 Polestar STCC

History:

2014 – STCC – Champion

2013 - STCC – Champion

2012 - TTA – 3rd

2011 - Camaro Cup – Champion

2009 - STCC – 2nd

2008 - STCC – 3rd

2006 - STCC – Champion

2005 - STCC – 2nd

2003 - GTR Sweden – Champion

2001 - FIA Sportscar SR2 – Champion

1999 - F3 Sweden & Nordic – Champion

 

Fredrik Ekblom

Lives: Kumla, Sweden

Born: 6 October 1970

Race Car: Volvo S60 Polestar STCC

History:

2014 – STCC 3rd

2012 - TTA – Champion

2011 - STCC – 2nd

2010 - STCC – 3rd

2008 - STCC – 2nd

2008 - Nürburgring 24 Hours Winner S1 Class

2007 - STCC – Champion

2004 - STCC – 3rd

2003 - STCC – 2nd

2003 - STCC – Champion

1998 - STCC – Champion

1991 - F3000 UK – 2nd

1990 - F3 Sweden – 2nd

 

Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte

Lives: Stockholm, Sweden

Born: 13 May 1979

Race Car: Volvo S60 Polestar STCC

History:

2014 - STCC - 12th

2013 - STCC - 13th

2012 - Swedish GT GTB – 4th

2011 - Porsche Carrera Cup - 11th

2010 - Porsche GT3 Endurance – Champion

2009 - Porsche Carrera Cup - 15th

2008 - Porsche Carrera Cup - 27th

 

Media Contact

 

Johan Meissner

Press Manager

Polestar AB

Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234

08

FEB

Strong first 2015 V8 Supercars test for Volvo Polestar Racing

Scott McLaughlin broke into the top five for Volvo Polestar Racing in the first official V8 Supercars test of 2015 at Sydney Motorsport Park. ”We have had a solid couple of test days. I am confident that we have a strong car once again this year and that we are going to be a force to be reckoned with,” said McLaughlin.

The Kiwi was 0.2000 seconds from the fastest time in the final Shootout session where all 25 drivers in the championship got one lap on hard tyres to simulate a qualifying run.

 

Team mate David Wall made his debut for Volvo Polestar Racing during the two test days and was happy with his first taste of the 650 hp Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC.

”I am really happy to be a part of this operation, everyone has made me feel very welcome. Everything has gone pretty smoothly, we had a couple of little dramas, but all in all, I am really happy with the way the last couple of days have panned out. I got plenty of laps in the car and we also found a couple of little tweaks in the car,” said Wall.

 

The first race of the 2015 V8 Supercars season is just three weeks away with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, the very place where McLaughlin made his debut for Volvo last year in a spectacular way by claiming second place in the race.

”The team has done a fantastic job to get us to this position ahead of the Clipsal 500. Hopefully we can top it off with a win instead of second place this year,” said McLaughlin.

 

Shootout – Top 5

 

1 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FGX 1:30.6583

2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.0087

3 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.0289

4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FGX +0.0562

5 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2000

21 David Wall Volvo S60 +2.6969

 

Test 4 – Top 5

 

1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FGX 1:29.5803

2 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.3516

3 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.3634

4 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +0.5175

5 Marcos Ambrose Ford Falcon FGX +0.5780

12 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.0023

22 David Wall Volvo S60 +2.6969

 

Test 3 – Top 5

 

1 Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:29.5352

2 James Courtney Holden Commodore +0.0008

3 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.0384

4 Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore +0.1733

5 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima +0.1884

21 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.3577

23 David Wall Volvo S60 +2.1520

 

Test 2 – Top 5

 

1 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:30.1922

2 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +0.6668

3 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcong FGX +0.8395

4 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +1.1579

5 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +1.1699

7 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.2714

15 David Wall Volvo S60 +1.4689

 

Test 1 – Top 5

 

1 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:30.5886

2 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FGX +0.0065

3 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +0.0154

4 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore +0.1398

5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +0.2086

6 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +0.2725

15 David Wall Volvo S60 +1.4689

 

Complete results

 

sydney.com SuperTest – V8 Supercars

 

Circuit: Eastern Creek

Length: 3930 m

Lap record (V8SC): 1:30.9123, Garth Tander, 2012

 

Polestar Media Contact

 

Johan Meissner
Press Manager
Polestar AB
Phone: +46 [0]70 241 3234

06

FEB

Video: Scott McLaughlin reveals 2015 livery of Volvo Polestar Racing

Scott McLaughlin has unveiled the livery of Volvo Polestar Racing for the 2015 V8 Supercars season.

The 21-year-old Kiwi went out on patrol together with the new team partner Wilson Security.

 

How did it turn out? Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX3-7xk7_V0

 

Don't miss the chance to win a Bathurst 1000 experience: http://bit.ly/1Kx9bMO

03

FEB

Teaser: Scott McLaughlin on patrol

Scott McLaughlin has been driving for another company, but not on the track.

Find out where this Friday ahead of the first V8 Supercars test day of 2015 and enter for your chance to win an experience with Volvo Australia at the legendary Bathurst 1000 race.

 

Teaser video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCmDqO2HCOI

 

Read more about the competition: http://www.volvoca.rs/0FIIq

27

JAN

Volvo S60 T6 with Polestar optimisation joins Australian Federal Police

The first Volvo S60 T6 with Polestar Performance Optimisation of 329 horsepower has joined the Australian Federal Police fleet for evaluation.
“By doing this, we can obtain direct feedback on how the S60 performs from our officers who are out on the road, day and night, in all manner of driving conditions,” said Rod Anderson, Station Sergeant.

The car will become part of the ACT Policing Traffic Operations fleet where the it will be required to perform to a high level in dynamic, high stress environments.

“We are particularly interested in our officers’ opinions on the all-wheel drive capability of the S60 and what advantages it offers over our current rear-wheel drive fleet,” said Anderson.
 
Polestar optimises the engine software for the S60 T6 model, increasing the power to 329 hp/480 Nm and optimising the power band for improved drivability, read more here.

22

JAN

Polestar launches new motorsport jackets

Polestar launches two new jackets that carries the colours of the Volvo Polestar Racing cars in the STCC and V8 Supercars.
”We are glad to make our new jackets available, carrying a design inspired by our race-winning Polestar blue cars. Our ambition has been to create a strong mix of form and function with the jackets, much like our race cars,” said Hans Bååth, Marketing Director of Polestar.
 
The design work of the high-end jackets has been headed by Volvo Polestar Racing driver Prince Carl Philip and the company Bernadotte & Kylberg in cooperation with A-One.
 
The ”Motorsport Podium Jacket” comes in black with Polestar blue details, inspired by the design of the race winning Volvo Polestar Racing cars in the STCC and V8 Supercars.

The ”Motorsport Pole Jacket” comes in a limited edition with blue and yellow colours, inspired by the design of the #13 Volvo S60 Polestar STCC race car, driven by Prince Carl Philip in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship.
 
The jackets have just been made available for order in the Polestar web shop: shop.polestar.com

09

JAN

2014 with Polestar – A successful year of racing and performance

2014 was an important year for Polestar. This was the year when Polestar launched its first world-wide performance model with the Volvo S60/V60 Polestar and claimed a double STCC title, as well as success in their debut V8 Supercars season.
2014 saw over 22 000 Volvo cars being Polestar optimised, 750 production cars were sold, 2 racing titles were secured, 10 racing victories were secured and over 4000 racing laps were driven. Join us as we review the past year and take a small glimpse at what is to come in 2015. 
 
January – February

2014 started with a roar literally as we unveiled the 650 hp V8 racing engine for V8 Supercars. The engine, based on the Volvo V8 road car engine previously available for the S80 and XC90, was designed, developed and built for racing at Polestar, a work led by Mattias Evensson, the head of engine development at Polestar.


Not long after the engine reveal the all-new Volvo S60 Polestar V8 race car was unveiled with Scott McLaughlin driving it across the Sydney Harbour Bridge under police escort. The car was built by Polestar’s Australian racing partner Garry Rogers Motorsport with assistance from Polestar, mainly on the engine side.


March – April

As spring hit Europe, fall was coming in Australia with the V8 Supercars season starting in Adelaide and the Clipsal 500. This was the place where Volvo Polestar Racing and especially Scott McLaughlin showed a first glimpse of what was to come in the 2014 season. The 20-year-old Kiwi qualified second and finished second after a nail-biting last-lap fight with reigning champion Jamie Whincup, in the debut race for Polestar.


March also saw Polestar launching the second generation of the Volvo S60 Polestar in Australia. This model was part of Polestar’s very first pilot project launched in 2013, with this launch marking the introduction of the new facelift of the Volvo S60. The car received a positive response from Australian media:

”They’ve taken a good car and made it better.” – Drive
”There’s now a Volvo V8 Supercar ... and it’s fast. And there’s also now a Volvo S60 performance road car ... and it’s fast too.” – Motoring

May – June

Polestar started the 2014 STCC season in style with Fredrik Ekblom claiming pole position and victory. Team mate Thed Björk was not far behind and the two had a thrilling fight in the first race, promising for an exciting continued season.

As summer closed in on Europe and Sweden, Polestar concluded the first international press drives of the all-new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar. Journalists from England, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA got a first taste of the cars on twisty roads in southern Sweden with a strong reception:

”The suspension is magical, grip is abundant, and there's plenty of bite from the big 6-piston Brembo front brakes.” – Road & Track
”One thing is certain: it’s the best Volvo estate ever built.” – CAR

July – August

As summer finally had reached Europe, legendary talk show host and car enthusiast Jay Leno got hold of the new Volvo V60 Polestar. The American took a trip to the Top Gear track in Britain to recreate a 20-year-old stunt called ”The School Run”. 


Production of the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar begun in the Volvo production plant in Torslanda, Sweden, marking the first ever independent partner being introduced to the Volvo production process. A total of 750 cars were produced of the S60 and V60 Polestar, being delivered to customers in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.

August also saw Polestar releasing a performance optimisation for the Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid. The power output is increased to a total of 298 hp and 670 Nm, making it the strongest ever diesel model from Volvo.

September – October

Come September and Thed Björk managed to secure Volvo Polestar Racing’s second straight STCC title after fighting his way back to the top of the standings following a tough season start. There was double celebrations at the season finale as Volvo Polestar Racing secured the teams’ title, also this for the second year in succession.
 
 
A month later and Volvo Polestar Racing took on the legendary Bathurst 1000 race. Scott McLaughlin started the weekend strongly by qualifying third and took command of the first half of the race together with co-driver Alexandre Prémat. Despite being in the lead more than any other driver pairing, the race unfortunately ended in the wall for McLaughlin. But the team left the Great Race having proved that they are a force to recon with ahead of 2015.

November – December

Polestar paid a tribute to the grandfather of the Volvo V60 Polestar in November: the Volvo 855 T-5R. Polestar celebrated the 20-year anniversary of Volvo’s first dedicated performance model by bringing the 855 T-5R together with its current heir to Huntington Beach, California, USA.

The year and racing season was finished in strong style for Volvo Polestar Racing by Scott McLaughlin. The Kiwi claimed a double victory in the penultimate race of the year at Phillip Island and ended the season in the Sydney finale by equalling six-time champion Jamie Whincup in the most pole positions of the year award.

2015 – What is to come?

Volvo Polestar Racing is going to continue racing in the 2015 V8 Supercars and Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. Scott McLaughlin and David Wall is going to drive a pair of Volvo S60 race cars in Australia while the driver line-up for Sweden is going to be revealed shortly.

There is further news coming in the first half of 2015 regarding Polestar Performance in terms of cars, performance optimisations and more. Stay tuned to polestar.com for the latest updates!

2014 statistics – STCC & V8SC

Titles: 2
Victories: 10
Podiums: 18
Pole positions: 16
Races: 54
Points: 4693
Racing laps: 4370

Drivers
STCC
Thed Björk
Fredrik Ekblom
Carl Philip Bernadotte

V8SC
Scott McLaughlin
Robert Dahlgren
Alexandre Prémat
Greg Ritter
 
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