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2014 was an important year for Polestar. This was the year when Polestar launched it’s first world-wide performance model with the Volvo S60/V60 Polestar and claimed a double STCC title, as well as success in our debut V8 Supercars season.
2014 saw over 22 000 Volvo cars being Polestar optimised, 750 production cars were sold, 2 racing titles were secured, 10 racing victories were secured and over 4000 racing laps were driven. Join us as we review the past year and take a small glimpse at what is to come in 2015.
January – February
2014 started with a roar literally as we unveiled the 650 hp V8 racing engine for V8 Supercars. The engine, based on the Volvo V8 road car engine previously available for the S80 and XC90, was designed, developed and built for racing at Polestar, a work led by Mattias Evensson, the head of engine development at Polestar.
Not long after the engine reveal the all-new Volvo S60 Polestar V8 race car was unveiled with Scott McLaughlin driving it across the Sydney Harbour Bridge under police escort. The car was built by Polestar’s Australian racing partner Garry Rogers Motorsport with assistance from Polestar, mainly on the engine side.
March – April
As spring hit Europe, fall was coming in Australia with the V8 Supercars season starting in Adelaide and the Clipsal 500. This was the place where Volvo Polestar Racing and especially Scott McLaughlin showed a first glimpse of what was to come in the 2014 season. The 20-year-old Kiwi qualified second and finished second after a nail-biting last-lap fight with reigning champion Jamie Whincup, in the debut race for Polestar.
March also saw Polestar launching the second generation of the Volvo S60 Polestar in Australia. This model was part of Polestar’s very first pilot project launched in 2013, with this launch marking the introduction of the new facelift of the Volvo S60. The car received a positive response from Australian media:
”They’ve taken a good car and made it better.” – Drive
”There’s now a Volvo V8 Supercar … and it’s fast. And there’s also now a Volvo S60 performance road car … and it’s fast too.” – Motoring
May – June
Polestar started the 2014 STCC season in style with Fredrik Ekblom claiming pole position and victory. Team mate Thed Björk was not far behind and the two had a thrilling fight in the first race, promising for an exciting continued season.
As summer closed in on Europe and Sweden, Polestar concluded the first international press drives of the all-new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar. Journalists from England, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA got a first taste of the cars on twisty roads in southern Sweden with a strong reception:
”The suspension is magical, grip is abundant, and there’s plenty of bite from the big 6-piston Brembo front brakes.” – Road & Track
”One thing is certain: it’s the best Volvo estate ever built.” – CAR
July – August
As summer finally had reached Europe, legendary talk show host and car enthusiast Jay Leno got hold of the new Volvo V60 Polestar. The American took a trip to the Top Gear track in Britain to recreate a 20-year-old stunt called ”The School Run”.
Production of the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar begun in the Volvo production plant in Torslanda, Sweden, marking the first ever independent partner being introduced to the Volvo production process. A total of 750 cars were produced of the S60 and V60 Polestar, being delivered to customers in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.
August also saw Polestar releasing a performance optimisation for the Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid. The power output is increased to a total of 298 hp and 670 Nm, making it the strongest ever diesel model from Volvo.
September – October
Come September and Thed Björk managed to secure Volvo Polestar Racing’s second straight STCC title after fighting his way back to the top of the standings following a tough season start. There was double celebrations at the season finale as Volvo Polestar Racing secured the teams’ title, also this for the second year in succession.
A month later and Volvo Polestar Racing took on the legendary Bathurst 1000 race. Scott McLaughlin started the weekend strongly by qualifying third and took command of the first half of the race together with co-driver Alexandre Prémat. Despite being in the lead more than any other driver pairing, the race unfortunately ended in the wall for McLaughlin. But the team left the Great Race having proved that they are a force to recon with ahead of 2015.
November – December
Polestar paid a tribute to the grandfather of the Volvo V60 Polestar in November: the Volvo 855 T-5R. Polestar celebrated the 20-year anniversary of Volvo’s first dedicated performance model by bringing the 855 T-5R together with its current heir to Huntington Beach, California, USA.
The year and racing season was finished in strong style for Volvo Polestar Racing by Scott McLaughlin. The Kiwi claimed a double victory in the penultimate race of the year at Phillip Island and ended the season in the Sydney finale by equalling six-time champion Jamie Whincup in the most pole positions of the year award.
2015 – What is to come?
Volvo Polestar Racing is going to continue racing in the 2015 V8 Supercars and Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. Scott McLaughlin and David Wall is going to drive a pair of Volvo S60 race cars in Australia while the driver line-up for Sweden is going to be revealed shortly.
There is further news coming in the first half of 2015 regarding Polestar Performance in terms of cars, performance optimisations and new areas. Stay tuned to polestar.com for the latest updates!
2014 statistics – STCC & V8SC
Pole positions: 16
Racing laps: 4370
Carl Philip Bernadotte