Everything started with a bit of mistery as a promotional vídeo of a few seconds was circulating in the web, but now it’s a proper reality: Volvo’s so much awaited program is a comeback to the FIA World Touring Car Chmapionship starting in 2016.
The announcement made by Polestar, the performance department of the Swedish manufacturer, confirms their return to the WTCC with a well-known model for the racing fans, as a pair of TC1-spec S60 models will be used in the championship by Cyan Racing, which is Polestar’s official racing team. This will add more history to the S60, as versions of the sedan machine were seen racing the Pirelli World Challenge, Swedish Touring Car Championship, Dutch Supercar Challenge and the V8 Supercars.
Volvo competed in the WTCC from 2008 to 2011, initially making one-off races until the full-season attack in 2011 with the C30 model driven by Robert Dahlgren, which achieved a 4th position as the best finish that year. Even though the car proved to be competitive at the end of the season, the program was folded and Volvo turned its attention to other championships.
Under the hood of the new S60 Polestar TC1, Volvo opted to not use the Global Racing Engine in the new program, as the Swedish manufacturer will showcase its technology with a 400 bhp, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine based in their Drive-E technology, which is deemed to have more performance at low levels of fuel comsumption and pollutant emissions.
The drivers responsible for testing the S60 Polestar TC1 are Dahlgren himself, in company of the STCC aces Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom, but at the moment there’s no announcement of who will be the two drivers to participate in the WTCC campaign, expected to face fierce competition from the World Champions from Citroën, as well from the strong Honda factory drivers and their customer teams, the RML Chevrolet Cruzes and the factory LADA Vestas.
Here is the promotional video about the new Swedish warrior:
PHOTOS: Cyan Racing, Polestar