Polestar will be bringing their first-ever car, the Polestar 1 to the 2018 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2018), marking the first time the high-performance hybrids is presented to the Chinese public.
Ahead of its debut, the Swedish brand has released footages of the Polestar 1 being put through its paces at the Arctic Circle. The result of the rigorous shakedown of the prototype was to study and fine-tune the cars driving dynamics. For the rest of us, sliding action caught on camera of the Polestar 1:
In the video, we can see the Polestar 1 accelerating to over 140 km/h (Polestar claims they did 200 km/h) without any obvious engine noise. The next segment saw the all-wheel-drive coupe going sideways with minimal effort from the driver to maintain its composure.
Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath said: “Besides being very happy with the balance of the chassis, they are particularly excited about the torque vectoring. We are now very confident about how this enhances the Polestar 1’s cornering responsiveness and accuracy. This is a driver’s car. We have now passed a major milestone in the development of the Polestar 1, and prototype testing continues throughout 2018.”
The engineers and test drivers were working to calibrate aspects of suspension, drivetrain, battery performance and torque vectoring systems. The Polestar 1 packs a 2.0-litre TwinCharged (turbocharged and supercharged) up front to drive the front axles and two-electric motors that drive the rear wheels. Combined, the high-performance hybrid system gives 600 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque while delivering an all-electric driving range of 150 km – the longest of any hybrid vehicle.