Journal 11

Entry date: 18.12.06

Chapter 4: Driver Experience

Be jealous of the test drivers. For them, a typical workday is like a scene from The Fast and the Furious franchise, sitting behind the steering wheel of a Polestar 1, blasting down tracks, surface roads and highways, seeking to calibrate and optimise the various systems of the car as they labour to create the best experience possible for future drivers.

They are deep in the Driver Experience phase of testing now. To be specific, it’s the Polestar 1’s grip and steering responsiveness which are being tested. The software which controls the torque vectoring is also being calibrated.

Luckily for the test drivers, the best way to perform these tests is to unleash the Polestar 1, channelling their inner James Bond as they rip down the tarmac. From the 45° banked roads of the High Speed Track to the rain-soaked asphalt of the country roads, the Polestar 1 is being driven at speeds in excess of 200 km/h to determine just how responsive and predictable it is.

We’re also jealous of the test drivers. We tried to live vicariously through them by filming one of their typical workdays.