Volvo and FIA have signed an agreement enabling the V60 Polestar to become the WTCC Safety Car.
The Polestar-tuned Volvo V60 is billed as being “world’s safest safety car” and will receive its debut on April 1-3 during the inaugural WTCC race at Circuit Paul Ricard in France. Compared to the road-going V60 Polestar, the safety car has gone through some changes and now has a roll cage along with the mandatory rescue and communication equipment.
Awarded by Euro NCAP with a five-star rating, the Volvo V60 Polestar will perform safety car duties during all 12 race weekends of the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship. We remind you the all-wheel-drive wagon is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine pushing out 350 horsepower (258 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 newton meters) of torque delivered through a six-speed automatic transmission.
This hardware arrangement is strong enough to enable a sprint to 62 miles (100 kilometers) per hour in only five seconds before topping out at an electronically-limited 155 mph (250 kph). Stopping power comes from Brembo’s ventilated discs hiding behind those 20-inch wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245/35 ZR20 tires.
It won’t be the only Polestar car on the track, as Volvo’s performance brand will compete this season with the Cyan Racing team set to field two S60 Polestar TC1 race cars. It should be mentioned factory Polestar Cyan Racing drivers Thed Björk, Robert Dahlgren and Fredrik Ekblom provided their input during the V60 Polestar's development to make sure the car will "deliver an engaging, precise and confident driving experience in all weathers."