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Touring car racing is quickly being overtaken by the TCR class (guess what that stands for) and now Volvo looks like it wants to jump in, too.
With its recent title in the World Touring Car Championship and the popularity of the customer racing series for compact cars, Volvo has changed its tune on the series.
According to motorsport.com, despite saying they weren’t interested in TCR racing back in 2016 when the series was announced, Volvo is now claiming that TCR regulations would serve them well.
“The TCR regulations are great and the switch to it with WTCR is a good decision,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, head of motorsport at Polestar. “This opens many doors for us moving forward, but it does also, of course, mean that we must plan a good way to move forward strategically.”
Although the racing series does not allow for factory racing efforts, Cyan Racing—the team associated with Volvo for its factory racing effort—is not owned by the brand and would, therefore, be free to enter TCR.
A race car would not be ready until late 2018 at the soonest, though. And despite the speculation, Volvo is keeping mum on the subject.
“We cannot comment specifics today other than we are looking forward to be back on track with the team further on,” said Schedvin. “We will release more information during Q1 2018.”
TCR racing is a relatively low-price form of racing whose regulations apply for a number of national series in Europe, Asia, and now IMSA. Aimed at compact cars, manufacturers like Audi, VW, and Honda all have cars in the series, and Volvo is expected to run the S60.