Liveries not only make race cars look cooler, but more importantly, bring in funds from sponsors. With development and test vehicles, teams don’t actually have to display all those ads that turn race cars into very fast-moving billboards. As such, Polestar Cyan Racing has unveiled a new test car for the FIA World Touring Car Championship that does not have the WTCC attire. It doesn’t make it any less appealing, on the contrary.
The bare carbon fiber body looks quite devilish and makes the high-performance sedan appear sinister when compared to the colorful WTCC Art Car (pictured above) created by Polestar Cyan Racing driver and Swedish royal, Prince Carl Philip. The racing team mentions it has not been able to make progress with development for the 2017-spec car since April when the 2016 WTCC journey commenced, so Polestar has decided to build a new vehicle to handle all of the R&D and testing duties.
The newly built S60 has already completed an initial test at home in Sweden at the Mantorp Park with drivers Robert Dahlgren and Thed Björk taking turns behind the wheel of the track-only machine. The plan is to conduct further testing in the months to come while still being fully focused on the ongoing 2016 WTCC season. Polestar Cyan Racing mentions it has set an objective to gather information about the car and competition this year, win races in 2017, and try to claim the title in 2018.
As far as the road-going S60 is concerned, the midsize sedan received a nip and tuck a few months ago and in Polestar guise it made the switch from a 350-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine to a 367-hp turbocharged & supercharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit. It has less torque than before (347 lb-ft down from 369 lb-ft), but it is 0.2s quicker in the sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) which now takes 4.7 seconds. Even with the horsepower bump, it’s still no match for the WTCC-spec car which has 400 hp coming from a four-cylinder turbo unit derived from Volvo’s Drive-E engine family.
Source: Polestar Cyan Racing
Gallery: Volvo S60 test car for 2017 WTCC
Polestar Cyan Racing commences WTCC test programme
Polestar Cyan Racing has completed a new test car for the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) as part of the expanding development programme for 2017 and beyond.
”This is a crucial part in our plan for moving forward ahead of 2017. The race cars have not been in Sweden since the first race in April, meaning that no development work has been possible. The test car changes that and we look forward to work further with the new data from the coming tests,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Cyan Racing.
Drivers Robert Dahlgren and Thed Björk completed a successful first test at Mantorp Park in Sweden last week, with further tests scheduled over the coming months alongside the WTCC race weekend schedule.
This season is the first of the multi-year programme of Polestar Cyan Racing in the WTCC where the objective is to learn in year one, win races in year two and fight for the world title in year three.
”The results so far this year are better than we expected with several top five and top ten finishes, a receipt on that we have a strong base car in the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 and a solid preparation work by the team. The test programme alongside the race weekends is the next step in our plan, providing us with the right conditions to take the next step forward in terms of pace and results next season,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.
Next up for Polestar Cyan Racing in the WTCC is Twin Ring Motegi in Japan this weekend where multiple Argentinian touring car champion Néstor Girolami will join Thed Björk as part of evaluating drivers for next season when the team will expand to three cars.