VOLVO S60 AUSSIE V8 SUPERCAR
Built on a bedrock of tribal rivalry between Holden and Ford, Volvo’s arrival in the Aussie V8 Supercars Championship caused a stir from the start.
The Swedish marque burst onto the Australian touring car scene in 2014 fielding two S60 V8 Supercars with the Garry Rogers Motorsport operation.
Powered by a bespoke 5.0-litre version of Volvo’s Yamaha-designed 4.4-litre quad cam V8, the S60 featured a much more compact body compared to its rivals, offering a distinct new look for the series.
Twelve months earlier Nissan and Mercedes took advantage of the championship’s new Car of the Future regulations, but faced struggles for consistent results and more importantly performance.
However, Volvo immediately hit the front endearing itself to Supercars fans with a hard fought second place finish on its debut at the showpiece Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide.
Often seen as dull manufacturer, Volvo was now a buzz word as Kiwi Scott Mclaughlin made not only a name for himself, but affirmed the marque’s potential to shake up the stalwarts Holden and Ford.
Its success continued courtesy of Mclaughlin, raising question marks over the S60’s aerodynamic and engine parity compared to its rivals.
By the end of its inaugural season the S60 had racked up four wins and six podiums compared to just two victories secured by Nissan and Mercedes combined over two seasons.