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 optimize the various systems of the car as they labor 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 that are being tested. The software that 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, channeling 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 (124 mph) 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.
Polestar 3 prototypes take on Hällered's Proving Ground
Just under an hour east of Polestar HQ in Gothenburg, Sweden, lies Volvo's testing facility, the Hällered Proving Ground. Recently, we invited media from some of our key markets to get a first-hand driving experience in Polestar 3 prototypes. And the results are in. Let's delve into the key features that stood out on the various tracks.