Polestar to make WTCC debut

Polestar set to compete in the 2016 World Touring Car Championship with brand new S60 Polestar TC1

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Recently we test drove the Volvo S60 Polestar, and were mightily impressed. No, seriously, we were MIGHTILY impressed. After years of proclaiming the BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C 63 S, and – latterly – the Cadillac ATS-V to be amongst the finest performance saloons on the planet, turns out we’d completely overlooked the big guns from Sweden. Which makes Polestar’s latest announcement all the more interesting.

For years, Polestar has owned the Swedish Touring Car Championship scene, winning all but two titles since the series was inaugurated. As of 2014, Polestar has also competed against Holden and Ford (plus Nissan and Mercedes-Benz) in Australia’s V8 Supercars, Gary Rogers Motorsport taking four victories since then. Now, 30 years after it took the 1985 European Touring Car Championship with the 240 Turbo, Polestar – newly renamed the Polestar Cyan Racing – will take on Citroen, Honda and, er, Lada in the 2016 World Touring Car Championship. Long time WTCC fans may remember an explorative 2011 season ahead of Polestar Cyan Racing’s first multi-year programme in a world championship

The new campaign will take place with the S60 Polestar TC1, which features a newly developed 400hp four-cylinder turbo engine based on Volvo’s established Drive-E engine architecture. The driver line-up has yet to be announced, although reigning STCC champion Thed Björk, three-time STCC champion Fredrik Ekblom and multiple STCC race winner Robert Dahlgren are part of the WTCC development work.

But enough of that. Cue the S60 Polestar TC1 teaser…

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