This is why we race
Racing means pushing things to the extreme – components, drivers, philosophy. That is why things like disc brakes, stability control and advanced suspension are not only a reality on the circuits but something you will also find in the car you drive to work every day. From the lessons, we learn and the results we get from countless hours of development, we’re not only creating a racing car that lets us clock the fastest lap time possible, but also the foundation to an every-day performance car in the form of the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar.
As the team’s sole driver, Jan ”Flash” Nilsson secured a second straight STCC title in the Volvo 850 Super Touring, despite tougher opposition from BMW, Ford and Opel.
1999 was a tough season for the team with Jan ”Flash” Nilsson crashing mid-season and being forced to sit out one race weekend. The team managed to fight back with Jens Edman finishing fourth overall and ”Flash” fifth, despite the crash.
The 2001 STCC season saw Jens Edman back as team mate to Jan ”Flash” Nilsson, with ”Flash” finishing second overall. The team took part in two races of the European Touring Car Championship, with “Flash” recording seventh as his best individual result. The one-make series Volvo S60 Challenge was introduced in Sweden.
The Volvo S60 model was introduced for the 2003 STCC season, marking the first season with the new FIA S2000 regulations. This meant the start of a new technical development project to develop the Volvo S60 S2000 version for racing in Sweden.
The company changed name to Polestar, a name chosen by Christian Dahl to represent the frozen north of Sweden, while also playing on the connection to pole position and a star of racing. Edward Sandström joined Robert Dahlgren in the STCC program.
Polestar developed a new bio-ethanol race engine for the STCC program, becoming one of the world’s first race teams to compete with the environmentally friendly fuel. Robert Dahlgren and Alexander Storckenfeldt continued as drivers.
Polestar broke several records in this STCC season with the Volvo C30. Robert Dahlgren and Tommy Rustad claimed all pole positions (a record still standing today) and claimed both the drivers’ and team title. Another important step was taken with Polestar becoming the official Performance partner of Volvo, with Polestar Performance Optimisation making its debut for regular Volvo road cars with turbo engines.
Polestar took the international step out full-time by entering a re-designed Volvo C30 in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. Part of the project was to develop a racing engine based on the next generation of Volvo Drive-E engines, an engine which proved to be one of the strongest in the championship.
Introduction of Polestar’s first production model in the form of the Volvo S60 Polestar. It was launched in a limited edition of 100 cars for the Australian market as an evaluation for future expansion. The racing success for Polestar continued in 2013 as Björk secured a dominating STCC title.
Volvo Cars purchases the performance division of Polestar in July 2015, making it the new performance brand of Volvo Cars. The racing division of the company continued under the ownership of Christian Dahl and with the new name - Cyan Racing.
2017 sees continued production of the 1500 new evolution Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar, launched last year, and the Polestar Cyan Racing team raising their ambition for the FIA World Touring Car Championship programme to claim the World Title.