Volvo in FIA WTCC

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Polestar Cyan Rac­ing will en­ter the FIA World Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship (WTCC) in 2016 with two Volvo S60 Polestar race cars as start of a mul­ti­year pro­gramme.

“The cham­pi­onship en­ables us to fur­ther de­velop our tech­nol­ogy and utilise de­vel­op­ment from the rac­ing cir­cuits di­rectly to our prod­ucts for per­for­mance ori­ented Volvo cus­tomers,” said Niels Möller, COO of Polestar, the Volvo Cars Per­for­mance Brand.

The an­nounce­ment comes 30 years af­ter Volvo Cars claimed the 1985 Euro­pean Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship ti­tle with the iconic Volvo 240 Turbo. Fast-for­ward to 2016 and Polestar Cyan Rac­ing will carry the legacy to a new chal­lenge, by tak­ing on the world ti­tle with the brand new Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 race car.

Volvo Cars New Zealand gen­eral man­ager Stephen Kench­ing­ton says, “This is great news for Volvo glob­ally and in par­tic­u­lar for us in Aus­trala­sia, as it vin­di­cates our par­tic­i­pa­tion in mo­tor­sport via the Aus­tralian V8 Su­per­cars. Com­pet­ing in mo­tor­sport is a fan­tas­tic test­ing and prov­ing ground for our en­gi­neers both in terms of per­for­mance and safety.”

Cyan Rac­ing is the of­fi­cial mo­tor­sport part­ner to Polestar, the Volvo Cars Per­for­mance Brand, a co­op­er­a­tion started in 1996 in the Swedish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship. Fol­low­ing an eval­u­a­tion sea­son in the 2011 WTCC and two sea­sons in the Aus­tralian V8 Su­per­cars, 2016 marks the start of the Polestar Cyan Rac­ing’s first multi-year pro­gramme in a world cham­pi­onship.

The 240 Turbo dom­i­nated the rac­ing cir­cuits in New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Fin­land, Ger­many, Por­tu­gal and Swe­den dur­ing the mid-eight­ies. Volvo had proved the strength of their con­cept with a down­sized four-cylin­der turbo charged en­gine against the might of the likes of BMW, Rover and Jaguar, all us­ing six, eight and 12-cylin­der en­gines.

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