Polestar 1 is Beijing Bound After Swedish Detour

Hybrid easily ices test drive north of the Arctic Circle

After icy laps in the Swedish Lapland—the next stop for Polestar 1 is Beijing. Volvo’s spin-off electric performance hybrid survived its first winter test drive in Northern Sweden and will make an upcoming appearance at Auto China 2018 next week.

The marque’s debut car was revealed to the media in Shanghai last year and it was also rolled out for the public at the Geneva motor show last month.

A Polestar 1 prototype survived a two-week winter test drive north of the Arctic Circle by test drivers and engineers in temperatures as low as -18 degrees Fahrenheit we are told. Brrrr.

The sporty performance coupe features a four-cylinder engine with a rear two motor electric spilt that produces a total of 600 hp and 758 lb-ft of torque.

It features 93 miles of all-electric range when it runs in pure all electric mode. During its frigid winter test out on the ice, Polestar says the drivetrain and batteries were also tested under close scrutiny.

“Our test drivers have given us some enthusiastic feedback on the handling and dynamics especially,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO in a statement.

“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.”

The company states that prototype testing will continue throughout the year and Polestar 1 is expected to start production in mid-2019. Auto China 2018 runs from April 25 to May 4.

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