Since the beginning of the 2016 season World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the Volvo V60 Polestar was appointed as the official safety car for the series. When the updated model year 2018 S60 and V60 Polestar was introduced, it is only natural that the safety car gets refreshed too.
Its Polestar-tuned 2.0-liter four-cylinder Drive-E engine and eight-speed automatic combo now pushes out 362 hp and 470 Nm of torque – same figures as the road going versions. Drive is sent to all four-wheels. On the street car, the V60 Polestar sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
Like the street car, the V60 Polestar safety car boasts 30 percent more downforce compared to the outgoing version thanks to aerodynamic enhancements from new carbon fibre parts. The safety car is also equipped with a full roll cage, rescue and communication equipment to meet the rigorous technical and safety requirements set by the FIA.
Thed Björk, 2017 WTCC driver for Polestar Cyan Racing said, “With its high safety levels and easily accessible performance designed for all-year drivability, the Volvo V60 Polestar makes for the perfect Safety Car. The new aerodynamic enhancements make the car even more predictable and rewarding to drive in inspired or critical situations, both on the roads and on the racing circuits.”
The new 2018 V60 Polestar WTCC safety car will make its first appearance in the WTCC Japan race happening on 28th to 29th October 2017.