Carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) is a key ingredient in the construction and driving experience of the new Polestar 1, available for pre-order in 18 countries. With a weight saving of 230 kg, it contributes to the agile, responsive and dynamic nature of the car.
Priced at approximately RM 600k before taxes, the Polestar 1’s carbon fibre body is Volvo Car Group’s first exploration into carbon fibre construction as the Polestar Production Centre, due for full scale operation by 2019, is being specifically tooled to deal with the intricate nature of the material.Carbon fibre components have been used extensively in the Polestar 1 – on the bonnet, boot lid, side panels, doors and the entire roof structure.
The carbon fibre roof is not only thinner and stronger than a steel equivalent but also allows for a much lower roof line, resulting in a sleek and slender profile.
The ‘dragonfly’ as Polestar calls it, is an instrumental component in the underbody of the vehicle that’s also made of carbon fibre. It significantly improves torsional stiffness at a crucial point of the body’s structure, between the middle of the floor and rear construction.
“When you combine this strengthened framework with the super-strong body and roof structure, you get a stiff and communicative chassis which translates driver input into superb driving characteristics,” said Head of Product Creation at Polestar, Christian Samson.
Polestar is the new electric performance sub-brand under the Volvo Car Group, with joint investments from the latter’s owner, Geely Holding. Its technology and expertise are also applied to electrified Volvos like the new S60 T8 Polestar.