Robert Dahlgren is joining Volvo Polestar Racing for the 2014 V8 Supercars, becoming the first ever Swede to take part in a full season of the Australian championship.
“I am really happy to be joining Volvo Polestar Racing in V8 Supercars, it is a dream come true for me,” said Dahlgren.
“The V8 Supercars is a championship like no other in the world and one that every racing driver wants to race in. I will be facing experienced and fast drivers who know the championship and circuits inside out, but I am looking forward to the challenge – it’s definitely one of the biggest of my career.”
Dahlgren finished third in the 2013 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, in his 10th consecutive season as a factory driver for Volvo Polestar Racing. He joined Volvo at age of 24 after rising through the ranks of formula racing, winning the Swedish and Nordic Formula Ford Championships before moving to England and winning the intensely competitive British Formula Ford Championship in 2001.
The 34-year-old is an experienced driver with a solid background of developing road and racing cars for Volvo and Polestar. He was the development driver of the Volvo C30 1.6T S2000, which he successfully raced in the Swedish, Scandinavian and World Touring Car Championship from 2008 to 2011. Robert has also been a fundamental part in the development of the Volvo S60 Polestar road car, which made its debut in Australia last year.
”The Volvo S60 is a car Robert knows inside out, so we’re delighted he’s joining our racing programme,” said Matt Braid, Managing Director Volvo Car Australia.
“Robert’s experience and ability to develop a race car will be critical in our debut racing season, so we’re all looking forward to seeing what he – and Scott – can do with the Volvo S60 out on the track.”
Dahlgren is going to team up together with young Kiwi Scott McLaughlin, the 2013 V8 Supercars Rookie of the Year, driving Volvo Polestar Racing S60s this season.
”We are happy to have Robert join our Volvo Polestar Racing outfit in Australia. His experience of developing racing cars is vast, something that will be very useful in his and our first year in the very competitive and exciting V8 Supercars,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.
The 2014 V8 Supercars season starts on March 2 with the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
Personal Details – Robert Dahlgren
Birthday: 1 December 1979
Born: Skellefteå, Sweden
Lives: Melbourne, Australia
Marital status: Married to Nina, children Tim and Molly
Career Details – Robert Dahlgren
2013 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship 3rd
2010 Swedish Touring Car Championship 2nd
2010 Scandinavian Touring Car Cup Champion
2007 Swedish Touring Car Championship 2nd
2004 Swedish Touring Car Championship 2nd
2001 Formula Ford UK Champion
2000 Formula Ford EUR 2nd
1998 Formula Ford SWE Champion
1998 Formula Ford Nordic Champion
Volvo Polestar Racing secured a double title in the 2013 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship with Thed Björk as drivers’ champion and Volvo as manufacturers’ champions. Volvo launches the new Black R package in Sweden to celebrate the double.
The launch of the new Black R comes a month after the announcement of the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar, two new performance models that share technology with the Black R cars.
”An exciting and successful year for Polestar has almost come to an end and we are really happy to celebrate it with Black R together with Volvo Sweden,” said Hans Bååth, Managing Director of Polestar Performance.
"The cooperation with Polestar provides us with an amazing opportunity to spice our existing models. We are launching Black R to celebrate our double victory in STCC," said Kristian Elvefors, Director of Sales at Volvo Cars Sweden.
The Black R package is available for the S60, V60 and XC60 models with T6 and D5 engines. The Polestar power optimisation is standard which means 329 hp for the T6 and 230 hp for the D5.
The package includes a number of exterior and interior features such as Ixion wheels, a lowered sports chassis, new sport seats with unique R-design leather, Sensus Connect and much more.
The package is only available in Sweden.
• Volvo Polestar Racing debuts its first ever V8 Supercar engine
• Race engine developed by Polestar with support from the same Volvo engineering team behind
upcoming Drive-E engines
• Unique engine promises distinctive sound
Volvo has unveiled the engine that will power its two Volvo Polestar Racing S60s in the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship.
Volvo Car Australia Managing Director Matt Braid lifted the covers on the race engine, with Volvo Car Group Motorsport Technical Director Martin Persson and Commercial Director Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin in attendance.
“As the first luxury car manufacturer to field a factory team in the V8 Supercar Championship, we’re delighted to share this milestone moment with you and reveal our race engine for the 2014 V8 Supercar season,” said Matt Braid, Managing Director of Volvo Cars Australia.
“The race team at Polestar have worked hand-in-hand with the engineering team at Volvo Cars to design, build and develop a race engine in Gothenburg, Sweden, to compete in Australia’s premier motor racing category.”
The global resources of the Volvo Car Group and Polestar, Volvo’s performance and motorsport partner since 1996, are being fully utilised to facilitate the development of the Volvo Polestar Racing V8 Supercars in readiness for the 2014 season.
The Volvo B8444S 4.4-litre production V8 has been modified and built specifically for racing in the V8 Supercar Championship by Polestar – supported by the same people in Volvo Car Group who are behind the innovative four-cylinder Drive-E road car engines, which debut in Australia next year.
Thanks to its compact size and narrow 60 degree vee configuration, the B8444S is a truly unique engine on today’s racing grid. With this in mind, motorsport fans can expect to instantly recognise the Volvo Polestar Racing S60s in 2014 thanks to the engine’s distinctive soundtrack.
Christian Dahl, Managing Director of Polestar, said of the race engine: “We have completed a number of high-rev simulations and long-distance runs and we’re very happy with the figures and outcomes we’ve achieved. The next step is to fit the engine to the race car and continue the pre-season development timetable.”
Development of the race engine began back in May 2013. The first block was completed in late October and had its first run on the dyno in mid-November.
“So far, everything is on track with the race engine,” said Volvo Car Group Motorsport Technical Director Martin Persson.
“On paper, this race engine and the new Drive-E engines are quite different. But from an engineering perspective it is a very similar process, and that is to push your imagination and creativity to the limit within a specific set of targets.
“For instance, whether you are aiming for leading efficiency or the most powerful race engine ever to be heard in the Australian V8 Supercars Championship, you will strive to reduce weight, friction, heat and to maximise power.”
￼￼Further information about Volvo Polestar Racing will be released in due course.
Block: Modified Volvo B8444S, 60 degree aluminium cylinder block
Heads: Modified Volvo B8444S, aluminium
Bore x Stroke: 95.5 x 87.1
Compression Ratio: 10:1
Max revs: 7500rpm
Induction: Naturally aspirated, eight throttle bodies
Liners: Cast in steel liners
Valve Train: Double overhead camshafts, direct acting tappets, chain drive
Ignition: Volvo B8444S coil on plug
Injection: Port injection, one injector per cylinder, injection pressure: 5.5 bar
The STCC season ended just over two months ago where Volvo Polestar Racing secured a double title. Join us for a look back at a season filled with speed, action and hard fights.
Thed Björk claimed the drivers' STCC title with one race weekend remaining after a record season where he claimed eight out of 12 victories. Volvo secured the manufacturers' title with 24 out of 36 podium finishes, thanks to drivers Björk, Robert Dahlgren, Linus Ohlsson and Fredrik Ekblom.
Despite the approaching winter, work ahead of the 2014 STCC season has begun. Join us for a speedy review in our latest video for all the action from the Swedish race tracks during the 2013 season as a warm-up for the coming season.
The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar is here, set for sale on four continents around the world in 2014.
”We are proud to present the S60 and V60 Polestar. A car developed for those who share our passion at Polestar: That driving really matters and that a true driver’s car should enable you to enjoy driving all-year, on all roads and in all weather conditions. This is a driver’s car for real life,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
“With the introduction of the V60 model, we are proud to continue the heritage of fast Volvo estates like the racing 850 BTCC, a tradition deeply rooted among Volvo enthusiasts,” continued Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
- S60 and V60 model
- 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds
- Limited Edition
The countries set for the S60 and V60 Polestar include Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA, with further markets and final production numbers to be revealed next year.
”Our motorsport co-operation with Polestar has been going on for almost two decades and it is rewarding to see how Polestar can use their experiences from motorsport to engineer such an exciting and competent car,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.
“It is very satisfying to see how Polestar have been able to combine this level of driving performance in their interpretation of the S60 and V60 with maintained original service program, class leading safety features and certified fuel- and emission ratings. Customers buying this car will get the best from both Polestar and Volvo,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales & Customer Service of Volvo Cars Group.
The car is based on the latest generation Volvo S/V60 and marks the start of an extended Polestar production model range.
Development of the car has been ongoing over the past years, picking up from the C30 and S60 Concept cars and the Australian S60 Polestar. Thousands of development kilometres have been driven on twisty mountain roads, on the Autobahn and test tracks from the south of Europe to the frozen north of Sweden.
”We have continued our work to create a true driver’s car which is not limited only to a few specific driving conditions, but enjoyable on everything from your favourite winding roads to taking the family for a long journey, no matter summer or winter. And in my view, we have gotten very close to our goals, something that of course is best experienced first-hand behind the wheel,” said Robert Dahlgren, Polestar racing and test driver.
Polestar performance engineering
Upgrades include modifications made to increase rigidity of the chassis to cater for the 80% stiffer springs relative to the standard S60 R-Design. These changes combined with the tailored high performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 20” Polestar wheels results in a precise, yet comfortable, driving experience.
The brake system has undergone substantial modifications. Most visible are the 371 millimetre ventilated front discs and six-piston Brembo calipers, guaranteeing a high level of braking performance.
To reflect the increased performance of the S/V60 Polestar, positive aerodynamic effects have been achieved through subtle, yet efficient, modifications based on data from tests in the Volvo Cars wind tunnel. The changes are visible with the front splitters, optimising the airflow underneath the car, as well as a new rear spoiler and diffusor, increasing downforce.
The six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 engine has undergone extensive development with a new twin-scroll turbo and intercooler to produce 350 HP/257 kW at 5700 rpm and 500 Nm/369 lb-ft already at 2800 rpm. The engine breathes through a 2.5” stainless steel exhaust system, making for a throaty engine note.
The six-speed automatic gearbox features a new paddle shift system that together with the Polestar developed Haldex four-wheel drive system takes the car from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and to a limited top speed of 250 km/h. The gearbox as well as the four-wheel drive system and traction control system has been recalibrated in order to provide an active driving experience and maximum grip in all situations.
The interior has been reworked with new details, materials and Polestar colours, such as the steering wheel, seats and more, with the sole purpose of increasing driver support and control.
”All in all we have taken a major step forward in all areas, from chassis and engine to interior and exterior details. Development work has been focused on the overall package in order to create a car that you want to use every day, both from a practical and emotional perspective,” said Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager.
Sales and delivery
Polestar will begin delivery of the new S60 and V60 Polestar in June 2014 to the local markets.
“We are all very excited and proud over our launch of two new cars as yet another step towards a range of Polestar Engineered Volvo cars available for people like us around the world. To do it together with Volvo, one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, is greatly satisfying and we look forward to an exciting future,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
0-100 km/h 4.9 sec
0-200 km/h 17.7 sec
80-120 km/h 4.7 sec
Top speed 250 km/h / 155 mph – Electronically limited
Polestar Öhlins shock absorber system
Polestar bespoke rims, 8x20” ET53 with 245/35R20 tyres
6-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2953 cc
257 kW (350 hp) @ 5700 rpm
500 Nm (369 lb-ft) @ 2800-4750 rpm
Max 6500 rpm
New twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo
Polestar 2.5” stainless full-flow exhaust system with twin 3.5” tail pipes
Same as standard S/V60 T6 R-Design.
AWF21 automatic gearbox with paddle shift system
Polestar transmission calibration for faster gearshifts, launch control and curve-hold functionality
Polestar Haldex calibration for more rear torque dynamic distribution
Polestar calibrated stability control system
Front: Polestar/Brembo 6 piston brake calipers
371x32 mm ventilated and floating Brembo discs
Rear: 302x22 mm ventilated disc
The countdown is on! Don't miss #nextpolestar which will be revealed 2013-11-26.
The FIA World Touring Car Championship weekend in China turned out to be tough for Thed Björk and Volvo Polestar Racing despite being on pace with the very top of the field.
”I would of course have liked to finished better. But we showed that we have the pace to challenge the top guys of WTCC and I am very proud of that,” said Björk.
The double STCC champion started the weekend by being fastest in practice, despite never having seen the track before and with a car that had not been raced with for two years. The impressive paced continued in qualifying where Björk was seventh fastest, six tenths from pole position, but was not allowed to take part in the second qualifying session as the FIA classified the car as nationally homologated.
”The car worked like dream from the first lap on all areas, from straight line speed to handling. To be in the top of qualifying was very satisfying and I had a lot of traffic on my fastest lap, so we had more to give,” said Björk.
Björk started from 17th position on the grid for both races. But the Swede was never able to take part in the first race due to an electrical problem. The team repaired the problem ahead of the second race which saw Björk finishing 15th.
”The second race was as tough as we expected, especially as the track was slippery after some light rain. I fought hard and while 15th position isn’t telling the entire story of our weekend, I am still pleased. This was a one-off entry and we showed that we are on par with Chevrolet, Honda and the others in terms of performance. That is what we bring with us back home to Sweden,” said Björk.
The WTCC race in China marked the last race of 2013 for Volvo Polestar Racing. Next up is the 2014 V8 Supercars premiere in Australia on March 2nd at Adelaide Street Circuit.
”We are very pleased to see that Thed and the car is competitive. We suffered a bit from not having raced in the championship since 2011, but that was to be expected. It was also great to see that the enthusiasm for racing in China has grown a lot since last time we were here at Tiamna in 2011,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Motorsport Commercial Director at Volvo Cars.
WTCC Race 1 Shanghai Results - Top 10
1 Tom Chilton Chevrolet Cruze 12 laps
2 Yvan Muller Chevrolet Cruze +0.010
3 James Nash Chevrolet Cruze +14.737
4 Alex MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze +15.455
5 Pepe Oriola Chevrolet Cruze +16.441
6 Rob Huff SEAT León +16.585
7 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Civic +16.799
8 James Thompson Lada Granta +16.825
9 Tom Boardman SEAT León +16.931
10 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic +17.683
DNS Thed Björk Volvo C30
WTCC Race 2 Shanghai Results - Top 10
1 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic 10 laps
2 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Civic +1.178
3 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic +5.470
4 Rob Huff SEAT León +5.470
5 Yvan Muller Chevrolet Cruze +5.739
6 James Nash Chevrolet Cruze +7.423
7 Pepe Oriola Chevrolet Cruze +7.987
8 Tom Coronel BMW 320 TC +8.042
9 Stefano D'Aste BMW 320 TC +11.407
10 Tom Chilton Chevrolet Cruze +13.608
15 Thed Björk Volvo C30 +19.934
Phone: +46 70 241 3234
Volvo Polestar Racing driver Thed Björk claimed the best possible result in WTCC qualifying at Shanghai International Circuit and will start from 12th position in both races.
”I am of course very happy, the car is working beautifully and the team has done an amazing job keeping in mind that we have never before raced here,” said Björk.
The reigning STCC champion surprised the WTCC field by being fastest of all drivers in practice and remained in the top for qualifying where the Volvo driver was seventh fastest, 0.694 seconds from reigning WTCC champion Yvan Muller who claimed pole position.
”One should note that we had new tyres in the practice sessions, something the other drivers didn’t as we are new in the championship. But the pace is there and I have no doubt that we could have fought for the top positions on the grid if we were allowed to Q2. I am nonetheless very pleased with our performance and result in qualifying,” said Björk.
There was no lack of power and straight line speed of the Volvo C30 1.6T as Björk was fastest in the speed traps of Shanghai International Circuit. The engine was developed by Polestar in 2011 and is based on the new generation of Drive-E Volvo engines.
”We are pleased with the performance of the engine and it is satisfying to get a proof of its competitiveness with the results from practice and qualifying,” said Mattias Evensson, head of engine development at Volvo Polestar Racing.
As the Volvo C30 1.6T is not homologated by the FIA, Björk was not allowed to continue to the second Q2 session and was therefore moved from seventh position to 12th, the position he will start from in both races.
”We have two really tough races ahead of us, starting right in the middle of the action. I am going fight hard and try to climb as high as possible in the two races tomorrow. The feeling is really good,” said Björk.
Both races are broadcasted LIVE tomorrow in Eurosport with start at 08.20 CET.
WTCC Qualifying Session 1 Results - Top 10
1 Yvan Muller Chevrolet Cruze 1:54.132
2 Pepe Oriola Chevrolet Cruze +0.093
3 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +0.373
4 Rob Huff SEAT León +0.409
5 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Civic +0.505
6 James Nash Chevrolet Cruze +0.645
7 Thed Björk Volvo C30 +0.694
8 Rickard Rydell Chevrolet Cruze +0.741
9 Tom Chilton Chevrolet Cruze +0.754
10 Alex MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze +0.810
WTCC Qualifying Session 2 Results
1 Yvan Muller Chevrolet Cruze 1:53.486
2 Tom Chilton Chevrolet Cruze +0.382
3 Pepe Oriola Chevrolet Cruze +0.522
4 James Nash Chevrolet Cruze +0.548
5 Alex MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze +0.568
6 Rickard Rydell Chevrolet Cruze +0.729
7 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic +1.090
8 Rob Huff SEAT León +1.137
9 Gabriele Tarquini Honda Civic +1.180
10 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +1.473
11 Franz Engstler BMW 320 TC +2.138
Times i CET
01.50 Warm Up
08.20 Race 1
09.20 Race 2
Volvo Polestar Racing and newly crowned STCC champion Thed Björk heads to Shanghai in China this weekend for the FIA World Touring Car Championship, featuring the biggest grid of the year with 31 cars.
”We have got a challenging but exciting weekend ahead of us and I look forward to represent Volvo Polestar Racing in the World Touring Car Championship,” said Björk.
Björk tested the Volvo C30 1.6T for the first time earlier this month at Swedish racing circuit Anderstorp in preparation for this weekend.
”I was impressed by the car and its handling. The car is nimble and well-balanced, it is the best S2000 car I have ever driven,” said Björk.
Volvo Polestar Racing is taking part in the WTCC race weekend to check the pulse of the championship and as a celebration of Björk’s commanding STCC title.
”Thed Björk has done an amazing job this year and as a reward he will be a part of our WTCC team this weekend as we evaluate the relative competitiveness of our c-segment car racing platform, and the relative commercial competitiveness and progress of the WTCC championship as a whole," said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Motorsport Commercial Director at Volvo Cars.
The Shanghai International Circuit measures 4603 meters and is host to the Formula One championship, meaning a very fast and power-demanding layout, as well as a tough challenge for Björk.
”I have studied the track as much as possible ahead of the weekend and I like what I have seen so far. I am humble ahead of the races in terms of expectation of outright results. We are going to be right in the middle of the pack and it is an aggressive field in the WTCC. You need to go for full attack in order to not be taken out. It is going to be very exciting and I do look forward to the challenge,” said Björk.
Times in CET
01.00 Free Practice 1
04.10 Free Practice 2
01.50 Warm Up
08.20 Race 1
09.20 Race 2
Two races are held this weekend, both of 13 laps, with the grid for the first race being decided in qualifying which is separated to two sessions: Q1 and Q2. The fastest 12 drivers of Q1 goes on to Q2 where the top 12 positions for the grid of race one is decided.
The grid for the second race is based on the qualifying results for race one, with the top ten cars in reversed order. As the Volvo C30 1.6T is nationally homologated, Björk is not eligible to score points in the races or take part in the Q2 session, meaning that his best possible qualifying result is 13th for both races.
Phone: +46 70 241 3234
Racing legend Jim Richards drove the 508 HP Volvo S60 Polestar Concept at legendary Mount Panorama in Australia ahead of the V8 Supercars race Bathurst 1000 as a warm up ahead of next year's comeback for Volvo in the championship.
Richards drove the car 15 years on the day since he won Bathurst 1000 for Volvo together with Rickard Rydell in a Volvo S40 Super Touring.
"It is great to be back in a Volvo after all these years, I can tell you that. The car is fantastic, plenty of power, handles like a dream and it is comfortable as well," said Richards.
Volvo returns to the racing circuits in Australia next year with two Volvo S60 on the grid in V8 Supercars under the name of Volvo Polestar Racing Australia.
"It is going to be fantastic, I can't wait for Volvo to get in there with the Nissans and Mercedes'. It is going to be great," said Richards.
Young Kiwi Scott McLaughlin is going to drive one of the Volvos next year while the second driver will be revealed later this year.
Watch the video from Jim Richards' laps at Bathurst:
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