Polestar 1 road tests
The Hällered Proving Ground offers a wide variety of roads for all sorts of vehicle testing. Steep inclines, hairpin turns, extreme off-road conditions, Hällered has it all. They’ve even recreated roads from around the world, down to the smallest detail: a country road in England, a Los Angeles highway, and more.
But as thoroughly designed as it is, it can’t replace the real world. That’s why Polestar engineers and technicians are taking the Polestar 1 verification prototype (VP) cars throughout Europe, to get the best results possible.
Jokkmokk and Arvidsjaur in northern Sweden provided the perfect conditions for testing different drive modes, brake sensitivity, oversteer/understeer, steering software, and driving in deep snow. Steering software was also calibrated in sunny Barcelona, from which the Polestar 1 headed to Frankfurt for public road testing and CarPlay app optimisation. The Polestar 1 was also driven from Sweden to northern England (via Germany and Holland) in order to test suspension, bringing along Öhlins to perform on-site adjustments and measurements.
All in all, the Polestar 1 VP cars have driven a total of 10,000 km throughout Europe this year alone. The upcoming trip from Sweden to St. Moritz (via the autobahn) to test engine software will see the Polestar 1 accumulating even more kilometres, and invaluable real-world experience.
Step-by-Step Guide: A photoshoot at Monza
They say a picture paints a thousand words. And this one is no different. The story of how these photos came to life is a tale of sweat, shouts, and improvisations. But before we get to duct-taped tripods and missing insurance details, we must first set the scene.
Road to Ronda
Achieving the perfect driving experience is dependent on two things. Firstly, the car needs to provide optimal speed, comfort, and handling so one can really feel the thrill of driving. Secondly, it’s the real estate agent’s creed: location, location, location. We work tirelessly to create the cars that provide you with the perfect driving experience wherever you drive, and the road to Ronda makes the job a little easier.