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<B>Press Release from Volvo Sweden</B> (June 5, 2009)<p>In conjunction with the STCC race, Göteborg City Race this weekend, Volvo Cars Sweden AB and Polestar Racing AB introduce a long-awaited opportunity for Volvo enthusiasts to improve their car’s performance.<p>Thanks to close collaboration between Volvo’s Racing Team, Polestar and Volvo Car Corporation’s power train department, the Volvo owners who want a sharper car will be able to nhance their car with upgraded performance. The software which will soon be made available will be sold via Volvo’s dealer network in Sweden, it will comply with Swedish emissions regulations and has been specially configured for the technology in each Volvo model. It is the first time that Volvo offers this type of performance increasing software.<p>“We have had enquiries from time to time about whether Volvo, like its competitors, could offer technology for improved car performance. We will now offer it. And we will do it, both knowing that car owners can be reassured that it will work and not damage environmental features, cause mechanical damage or knock out the car’s complex electronic systems”, says Thomas Andersson, Managing Director of Volvo Cars Sweden.<p><I>22 to 58 hp more power.</I><br>Upgrades for the engine control system have been developed, which offer a power increase of between 22 and 58 horsepower, depending on model and variant, without affecting the car’s fuel consumption in normal driving. After optimisation, the car will comply with the strict emissions regulations stipulated by Swedish legislation.<p>Thanks to Volvo’s certification, Polestar Performance is an entirely legal way to improve your car’s performance. It will be possible for the car to be approved in a registration inspection after power optimisation. All warranties from Volvo will also apply, irrespective of whether Polestar Performance power optimisation has been installed from the start, when the car was new, or if it is done on a used Volvo, which means that the car’s resale value is not affected.<p>Polestar Racing has developed the Volvo Green Racing theme, and was the first team in Sweden to compete with the environmentally-friendly bio ethanol fuelled Volvo C30. Motor sport has helped the development of standard cars, which is also the case now.<p>“During the work in developing our racing engines, we have developed the engine control system to achieve maximum power, and we realised early on that we could offer this to “ordinary” Volvo owners, and Volvo quickly showed an interest”, says Christian Dahl, managing director of Polestar Racing AB.<p>Polestar Performance does not extract maximum “racing power” or torque from the engine, it is at a level where the power increase is clearly noticeable, but fuel consumption and emission levels remain at the same level as were reported for the standard engine in normal driving. All upgrades are within reasonable levels, to offer problem-free Volvo ownership.<p>Polestar Performance gives a power increase that depends on the car model that is being upgraded. For example, the top-level version is a Volvo V70 2.5 Flexifuel, where the power increases from 200 to 258 horsepower. Torque is raised from 300 Newton metres to 360. A clearly noticeable increase.<p>None of Polestar’s power optimisation kits increase the car’s top speed, since Volvo’s original speed limiter retains its original value for each engine, which means that standard brakes and tyres can be used.<p>Polestar Performance will initially be made available for selected flexi-fuel and diesel-powered Volvo V70, XC70 and S80, but further models will follow.<p>Prices for the upgrade vary from SEK 5,900 to SEK 8,900 including VAT.<p><I>Green optimisation</I><br>At the same time as power-raising technology is in demand, there is also a demand for technology that helps the car owner to optimise fuel consumption. Work on this is in progress at Volvo Car Corporation’s power train department.<p>More details about Polestar Performance are available from <A HREF="http://www.polestar.se" TARGET="_blank">http://www.polestar.se</A><p><br>[Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere.]
 

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Re: Volvo announces performance upgrade partnership with Polestar (Munin)

Way to go Marco, lost out again.<br>TME/MTE has been tuning Volvos for years so they give it to this upstart like they did with EVOLVE in the US? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Volvo announces performance upgrade partnership with Polestar (JRL)

Volvo have not put the development of this programme in the hands of Polestar.<p>Polestar are a small, highly skilled and specialised builder and successfull entrant of touring cars in the STCC and other series.<p>In this instance Volvo are attaching the Polestar name to a product that is created entirely in house by their very own software development engineers.<p>Regards, Don.
 

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Re: Volvo announces performance upgrade partnership with Polestar (don.norchi)

That makes more sense but why a relative unknown?<br>Why not Heico then who already has some agreement with Volvo of Germany?
 

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Re: Volvo announces performance upgrade partnership with Polestar (JRL)

So as a Yank, am I going to be able to get this option on my state side Volvo?<p>
 

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Re: Volvo announces performance upgrade partnership with Polestar (JRL)

Hah probable got a cheaper rate ...... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Volvo announces performance upgrade partnership with Polestar (Shomare)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Shomare</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So as a Yank, am I going to be able to get this option on my state side Volvo?<p></TD></TR></TABLE><br>I would say 100%, absolutely <B>NOT</B>
 

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Re: Volvo announces performance upgrade partnership with Polestar (Shomare)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Shomare</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So as a Yank, am I going to be able to get this option on my state side Volvo?<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>IPD's own upgrade is your best bet: <A HREF="http://www.ipdusa.com/Volvo-XC90/Engine/ECU-Upgrades/p-105-596-2195" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ipdusa.com/Volvo-XC...-2195</A>/
 

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Re: Volvo announces performance upgrade partnership with Polestar (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That makes more sense but why a relative unknown?<br>Why not Heico then who already has some agreement with Volvo of Germany?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think Volvo is trying to leverage the success they're having in this year's STCC, after a decent showing last year. The announcement is timely since the Volvo-Polestar team won again on Saturday in Gothenburg after dominating the tests - almost as good as the first event where Volvo was 1 -2.<p><A HREF="http://www.touringcartimes.com/news.php?id=3581" TARGET="_blank">http://www.touringcartimes.com/news.php?id=3581</A><p>My guess is that the STCC is popular among Swedish perfomance enthusiasts. It may have more marketing value from TV and other media coverage than anything involving Heico in Sweden.<p>Swedish Swedespeed members, what's your take on this? <br>
 

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From research at Polestar Volvo Powertrain have now developed a control map which offers more power without hindering emissions and without increasing fuel consumption. Due to success in the STCC and the running of the team by Polestar Volvo is branding this as Polestar Performance.<p>Can IPD, TME. MTE, Heico and Evolve say their software doesnt impact emissions nor fuel consumption? Maybe they can but this upgrade is Volvo certified. Great potential to be rolled out worldwide.<p>When I was at Volvo in 2003 I heard of a proposed programme for owners to purchase more powerful control maps from Volvo via dealers. At the time the proposal was a short term (like a week holiday towing a caravan etc) upgrade to the control map.<p>There is great potential for this worldwide. Indeed, if greater performance but unaffected emissions and fuel consumption could this become the standard map?<p>Software sales offer great new areas of sales potential for Volvo and dealers. It's an old idea in some ways but something Volvo should definately explore worldwide. Thing is, some markets would have expensive approval processes for any new map.<p>I recall when at a certain manufacturer (not volvo) that they had a problem with EGR regulation on a diesel engine. The launched vehicle would unfortunately lurge and surge during overrun due to errors in the control map. We all asked the question how the hell this got to be in production! Well, once the map was identified as the problem it took 5 months to re-write and then a further 2 months to get the whole vehicle re-certified in certain markets.<p>that may hinder worldwide roll out but this is an interesting initiative<p>PS Volvo could of course sell it via Heico, IPD etc therefore avoiding customers needing to have their vehicles re-assessed for local emissions laws??
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Shimon</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Can IPD, TME. MTE, Heico and Evolve say their software doesnt impact emissions nor fuel consumption?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Take a look at my sig. I have had TME software (along with their FULL exhaust system) on the car since it turned about 11,000 miles. Never had an issue with emissions (I even toom it, once, through the California Smog test, arguably one of the toughest emissions test on this planet; it passed with FLYING colors) or mileage. Actually, mileage may have even incerased; I can travel on the highway at 70 mph and the trip computer is showing about 29 mpg.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Shimon</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">From research at Polestar Volvo Powertrain have now developed a control map which offers more power without hindering emissions and without increasing fuel consumption. Due to success in the STCC and the running of the team by Polestar Volvo is branding this as Polestar Performance.<p>Can IPD, TME. MTE, Heico and Evolve say their software doesnt impact emissions nor fuel consumption? Maybe they can but this upgrade is Volvo certified. Great potential to be rolled out worldwide.<p><br> <br></TD></TR></TABLE><br><B>You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.</B><br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>I would guess most ALL of, if not all the tunes, pass emisions easily and give better fuel mileage.<br>ALL my IPD tune ups gave better fuel mileage and the emissions were the same as stock.<br>Research at Polestar my ASS!<br>Volvo CERTIFIED, whoooooooo
 

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In fairness to Shimon, he asked a question, <I>"Can IPD, TME. MTE, Heico and Evolve say their software doesnt impact emissions nor fuel consumption? "</I>, which he himself answered, <I>"Maybe."</I> And by the way, your experience with petrol engines and US emissions tests doesn't necessarily apply to flexifuel and diesel engines in Sweden, which comprise the initial Polestar upgrades.<p>Research by Polestar is mentioned in the press release.<p>You pooh-poohed the Volvo certification, so it shouldn't matter to you it whether the performance upgrades from other companies are Volvo certified. I suspect you do care about certification (because of warranty and other considerations) but you just got a bit carried away in your response.<p>
 

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What do you think about BSR tuning?<br>I am considering it for the XC90, did not get any responses in the 90 forum
 

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Re: Volvo announces performance upgrade partnership with Polestar (JRL)

Actually, the official request to VCC for US/CDN spec versions of Polestar SW will be sent within 10 days. Actual launch timing unclear until we learn more about EPA/CARB cert. But we want to be able to offer it in North America.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Calhon</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">... but you just got a bit carried away in your response.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Not in the slightest my friend
 

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re JRL<p>"I would guess most ALL of, if not all the tunes, pass emisions easily and give better fuel mileage.<p>ALL my IPD tune ups gave better fuel mileage and the emissions were the same as stock.<br>Research at Polestar my ASS!<br>Volvo CERTIFIED, whoooooooo"<p>A guess isnt really accurate and I'm not talking about perceived fuel consumption changes via the in car instrument nor the emissions tests done by dealers or state tests etc, I'm talking accurate fuel cosumption and emissions measurement assessment of the maps via laboratory measurement ie this duty cycles and test procedures used for official MPG and emissions certification.<p>I doubt aftermarket tuners would be interested in that nor want to pay the cost for the testing. A loophole in Europe means re-mapping doesnt need re-certification. So you can buy your EPA approved car or US10 vehicle or Euro 5 etc and then do what you want to it without needing recertification for amendments. If and if legislation starts monitoring aftermarket conversions, the situation for people would drastically change.<p>
 

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better FC?<br>my MTE tune gets be better average FC than pre tuning.<p>but that is average FC. in a WOT situation, there is no aftermarket tune that is going to do better than stock, simply because you afe flowing more air and fuel.<p>
 

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Sorry to bring up an old thread, but it's worth noting that RICA <B>has</B> undertaken independent laboratory testing (Euro 4) of both emissions and fuel consumption back in early 2008 and proved that they could reduce diesel CO2 emissions by up to 15%, with similar improvements in fuel economy.<p>In January 2009 RICA then launched a new software upgrade called RICA E-Power which was designed specifically for that purpose - an ECU upgrade which improves fuel economy <B>and reduces </B>CO2 emissions.<p>I believe RICA are the only aftermarket tuning company to have done independent laboratory testing, specifically for emissions measurements. I believe the actual laboratory test reports are available if you ask RICA for them.<br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by s80v8 at 2:07 AM 10-23-2009</i>
 

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very interesting.<p>Do you have a link to any articles about that?<p>OEMs need to pay to homologate each new map before the product goes on sale. After market tuners currently dont need to in Europe due to a loophole in the law.
 
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