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 optimization. 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 (6218 miles) 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 miles, and invaluable real-world experience.
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.