Engines, cars and drivers

For more than two decades, Polestar Cyan Racing has built fast Volvo cars and raced them even faster. 20 drivers have been behind the wheels of our race cars, representing more than 100 wins and over 15 titles.

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Volvo 850 Super Touring

The Volvo 850 Super Touring was the first car raced by Cyan Racing in the first two STCC seasons. Jan ”Flash” Nilsson scored two consecutive STCC titles for the team with the car and secured the still standing record of six consecutive race victories. The car was built by Tom Walkinshaw Racing for the British Touring Car Championship according to the Super Touring regulations.

Constructor: TWR
Active years: 1996-1997
Regulations: Super Touring
Engine: 5-cylinder, 2000 cc, N/A
Power: 295 hp
Gearbox: 6-speed sequential
Drive: FWD
Weight: 975 kg
Driver: Jan ”Flash” Nilsson
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Jan "Flash" Nilsson

Jan “Flash” Nilsson is the team's first race winner and champion, winning the team’s two first STCC seasons in 1996 and 1997. “Flash” founded the company in 1996 and still holds the record of most victories in the team, 30, and the most successive STCC race victories with six during the 1997 STCC season. The Swede had several memorable race and title fights during the heydays days of STCC with drivers like Roberto Colciago and Fredrik Ekblom.

Born: 15 December 1960
Nationality: Swedish
Polestar seasons: 1996-2004
Titles: 2
Victories: 30
Races: 135
Cars: Volvo 850 ST, Volvo S40 ST, Volvo S60 S2000
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5-cylinder bio-ethanol engine

The 5-cylinder bio-ethanol engine was debuted for the 2007 season as one of the world's first bio-ethanol race engines. The engine proved successful immideately, claming a victory in its first STCC race with Robert Dahlgren behind the wheel. The engine remained in the STCC programme of the team until 2011, then under the hood of the successful Volvo C30 S2000 model.

Constructor: Polestar
Cylinders: 5
Power: 290 hp
Type: 2000 cc, naturally aspirated
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Robert Dahlgren

Robert Dahlgren joined Cyan Racing in 2004 and drove for the team until 2016, making him the longest contracted Volvo factory driver in the world. The Swede won his first ever race for the team in the 2004 STCC and claimed the 2010 Scandinavian Touring Car Cup title for Polestar. Dahlgren holds the record of most pole positions ever in the STCC with 36.

Born: 1 December 1979
Nationality: Swedish
Polestar seasons: 2004-2014
Titles: 1
Victories: 17
Races: 158
Cars: Volvo S60 S2000, Volvo C30 S2000/1.6T, Volvo S60 TTA, Volvo S60 V8SC
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Thed Björk

Thed Björk joined Cyan Racing in 2012 and after a first tentative season the Swede quickly left his mark the following year. Björk secured the 2013 STCC title in style with eight out of 12 victories and followed it up by winning the 2014 STCC title as well. The Swede has got the highest victory percentage among the Cyan drivers with 38%.

Born: 14 December 1980
Nationality: Swedish
Polestar seasons: 2012-
Titles: 3
Victories: 13
Races: 34
Cars: Volvo S60 TTA, Volvo C30 S2000 1.6T, Volvo S60 Polestar TC1
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Volvo C30 S2000

The Volvo C30 S2000 was Cyan Racing's first complete engineering project, constructing the car from scratch in 2008 for racing in the STCC. Tommy Rustad claimed the STCC title in 2009 in the car and it still holds the record of claiming all pole positions in the 2009 STCC season.

Constructor: Polestar
Active years: 2008-2011
Regulations: S2000
Engine: 5-cylinder, 2000 cc, N/A
Power: 290 hp
Gearbox: 6-speed sequential
Drive: FWD
Weight: 1159 kg
Drivers: Robert Dahlgren, Tommy Rustad, Gabriele Tarquini, James Thompson, Thed Björk
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Tommy Rustad

Tommy Rustad joined Cyan Racing in 2008, making his STCC debut in the all-new Volvo C30 S2000 together with Robert Dahlgren. A year later and the Norwegian claimed the 2009 STCC title after a controversial season finish where he finished on the same points as rival driver, and soon to be team mate, Thed Björk. Rustad raced for Cyan Racing for five years and scored ten STCC race victories during that time.

Born: 3 September 1968
Nationality: Norwegian
Polestar seasons: 2008-2012
Titles: 1
Victories: 10
Races: 73
Cars: Volvo C30 S2000, Volvo S60 TTA
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Volvo S40 Super Touring

The Volvo S40 Super Touring is one of the teams’ most victorious car with 20 victories, driver by drivers like Jan ”Flash” Nilsson, Mattias Ekström and Rickard Rydell in the STCC. The car was built by Tom Walkinshaw Racing for the British Touring Car Championship according to the Super Touring regulations.

Constructor: TWR
Active years: 1998-2002
Regulations: Super Touring
Engine: 5-cylinder, 2000 cc, N/A
Power: 317 hp
Gearbox: 6-speed sequential
Drive: FWD
Weight: 975 kg
Drivers: Jan ”Flash” Nilsson, Edward Sandström, Jens Edman, Mattias Ekström, Rickard Rydell
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4-cylinder WTCC engine

The 4-cylinder Drive-E WTCC engine made its debut already in 2011 with Polestar Cyan Racing, even before the new Drive-E engine family was launched for the Volvo road cars. The engine proved successful straight away, being one of the most powerful engines in the World Championship of 2011. The team debuted a new version of the engine for the 2016 championship, claiming Volvo Cars' and Polestar Cyan Racing's first ever World Championship victory in Shanghai.

Constructor: Polestar Cyan Racing
Cylinders: 4
Power: 400 hp
Type: 1600 cc, single turbo charger
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Volvo S60 S2000

The Volvo S60 S2000 marked the start of Cyan Racing's first race car construction program, called Made in Sweden. The car was driven successfully in the Swedish Touring Car Championship by drivers such as Robert Dahlgren and Jan "Flash" Nilssson, with Dahlgren scoring its best overall result with second in the 2007 STCC season.

Constructor: Polestar
Active years: 2003-2007
Regulations: S2000
Engine: 5-cylinder petrol and bio-ethanol
Power: 290 hp
Gearbox: 6-speed sequential
Drive: FWD
Weight: 1165 kg
Drivers: Robert Dahlgren, Jan "Flash" Nilsson, Edward Sandström, Alexander Storckenfedlt, Magnus Krokström
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8-cylinder V8SC engine

Cyan Racing constructed the V8SC engine for Volvo Car's return to the Australian V8 Supercars championship in 2014. It quickly proved to be one of, if not the, most powerful engine in the championship. The engine and the Volvo S60 V8SC lead star driver Scott McLaughlin to several victories during the three years in the Australian championship, with fifth overall in the drivers' championship as its best position.

Constructor: Polestar
Cylinders: 8
Power: 650 hp
Type: 5000 cc, naturally aspirated
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Volvo S60 WTCC

The Volvo S60 WTCC, also named TC1, made its debut in 2016, marking the return of Polestar Cyan Racing to the World Championship of touring cars. The car is based on the Volvo S60 Polestar road car, sharing base engine, chassis and more. The car scored Volvo Cars' and Polestar Cyan Racing's first World Championship victory at Shanghai International Raceway in 2016 with Thed Björk behind the wheel and is currently spearheading the World Title challenge of Polestar Cyan Racing in 2017.

Constructor: Polestar
Active years: 2016-
Regulations: TC1
Engine: 4-cylinder, 1600 cc, turbo-charged
Power: 400 hp
Gearbox: 6-speed sequential
Drive: FWD
Weight: 1100 kg
Drivers: Thed Björk, Fredrik Ekblom, Robert Dahlgren, Néstor Girolami, Nicky Catsburg
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