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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.

Storm The Garry Rodgers Mo­tor­sport V8 Volvo S60 took Aus­tralia by

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