Ready to further expand into more sporting endeavors, Volvo has given the green light to Polestar Racing to run a version of its C30 DRIVe hatchback in the 2011 FIA World Touring Car Championship.
“Volvo Cars has given us a sound mission to evaluate the championship,” said Christian Dahl, Managing Director of Polestar Racing. “We are initially not focusing on results but rather on preparing a base that we could build upon for 2012.
The car Polestar will be running is a modified version of the Volvo’s C30 DRIVe three-door hatch, using a 1.6-liter, direct-injected, and turbocharged inline-four producing 340 horsepower and 332 pounds-feet of torque. The power will be sent through a six-speed sequential gearbox to the front axle, using a mechanical differential with torque-controlled friction discs to manage torque steer.
To make it race-ready, the WTCC C30 has a stripped out cabin with full roll cage and wears a front air splitter, wheel arch wideners, and rear wings all designed by Polestar for the WTCC series. It will stand out from the rest of the cars in competition in the same Polestar-blue (electric blue) hue as the Polestar C30 Performance Concept from last year. The concept has been powered by a 405-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder with all-wheel drive.
Behind the wheel of the Polestar C30 DRIVe WTCC for the 2011 grid will be Robert Dahlgren. The 2011 FIA World Touring Car Championship kicks off later this month on March 18 in Curitiba, Brazil.