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REVEALED: Volvo S60 V8 Supercar Makes its Debut

13 February 2014

REVEALED: Volvo S60 V8 Supercar Makes its Debut

• Iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge hosts Volvo S60 V8 Supercar debut
• Volvo the first luxury car manufacturer in V8 Supercars with factory team
• Volvo Polestar Racing team ready for the world’s toughest touring car series

Volvo Polestar Racing has unveiled its Volvo S60 race car that will debut in the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship by driving it across the world’s most famous ‘coat-hanger’ – the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

After months of speculation, the distinctive Valvoline-liveried Volvo S60 V8 Supercar made its way across the Bridge and into Sydney’s CBD to an official presentation overlooking the Sydney Opera House.

Joining team naming rights partner Valvoline on the Volvo S60 are Volvo Car Financial Services, Volvo Trucks, Cummins, Hexis, Freem, Browne & Co and Clingtape.

Volvo Car Australia Managing Director Matt Braid was joined by drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren, team principal Garry Rogers and Polestar owner Christian Dahl to present the race car to the media.

“This is an historic day in the history of Volvo Cars,” said Matt Braid. “As the first luxury car manufacturer to enter V8 Supercars with a factory team, we’re delighted to reveal our Volvo S60 race car to meet the challenge of the world’s toughest touring car series and strengthen the presence of the S60 model line – and Volvo brand.”

Utilising the resources of Volvo, Polestar and GRM, the Volvo Polestar Racing S60 V8 Supercar has been designed and built to V8 Supercars’ ‘Car of the Future’ regulations. These regulations include 18-inch wheels, transaxle gearbox and independent rear suspension (see specification details below).

“This is a significant day,” said Christian Dahl. “Polestar has been Volvo Car Group’s global performance and motorsport partner since 1996, and has campaigned Volvos in the World Touring Car Championship, the European Touring Car Championship and, currently, the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. To that end, we’re looking forward to the challenge of the V8 Supercar Championship.”

Volvo Cars has a rich heritage of motorsport in Australasia, dating back to the 1960s, and posting some notable milestones, including winning the 1986 Touring Car Championship with Robbie Francevic in a Volvo 240T.

Last year marked the 15th anniversary of Volvo winning our most famous race, the Bathurst 1000 in 1998 with Jim Richards and Rickard Rydell in a Volvo S40.

Indeed, some of the greatest names in motorsport have tasted success with Volvo including John Bowe and Peter Brock.

Garry Rogers commented:

“For all the GRM staff it is incredibly satisfying to see the next step of all the hard work and energy they have put into designing and building the Volvo S60 V8 Supercar over the last 12 months.

“During this process, this same group of workers were also responsible for the preparation and running of our 2013 V8 Supercar Championship cars, so it makes me extremely proud to be surrounded by such a never-say-die group. We cannot wait to get on with the racing.”

With the first race at the Clipsal 500 fast approaching at the end of February, testing of the Valvoline Volvo S60 continues apace, with the official V8 Supercar test day taking place at Sydney Motorsport Park on 15 February.

Volvo S60 V8 Supercar technical information

VehicleVolvo S60
EngineModified Volvo B8444S (see below)
TransmissionControl Albins ST6 6 speed sequential Transaxle with integrated spool differential
Front suspensionDouble wishbone suspension, adjustable damper and cockpit adjustable front anti-roll bar
Rear suspensionControl independent rear suspension, adjustable damper; cockpit adjustable anti-roll bar
Front brakesAP Racing 6 piston caliper, 395mm ventilated discs
Rear brakesAP Racing 4 piston caliper, 355mm ventilated discs
WheelsControl Rimstock 18” x 11” forged aluminium
TyresDunlop control tyre
Weight1410KG (includes driver)
Top speed298+ km/h
0-100km/h3.2 seconds
SteeringCustom rack and pinion power assisted steering
ShocksOhlins TTX Dampers
ElectronicsMoTec ECU and Data Logging System

Engine technical information

BlockModified Volvo B8444S, 60 degree aluminium cylinder block
HeadsModified Volvo B8444S, aluminium
Bore x Stroke95.5 x 87.1
Capacity4989cc
Compression 10:1
Power650bhp (estimated)
Max revs7500rpm
InductionNaturally aspirated, eight throttle bodies
FuelE85
LinersCast in steel liners
Valve trainDouble overhead camshafts, direct acting tappets, chain drive
IgnitionVolvo B8444S coil on plug
InjectionPort injection, one injector per cylinder, injection pressure: 5.5 bar

ENDS

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