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Volvo, Polestar Racing Engineers Let Loose with C30 Performance Concept Car

Swedish automaker Volvo Cars and performance partner Polestar have announced they will debut the Polestar C30 Performance Prototype concept car at this week's 2010 Gothenburg Motor Show.

The concept car is a "What If?" exercise to see what happens when Polestar engineers and designers are let loose to develop a street car without all those pesky racing regulations. Polestar, for example, ups the C30's standard 227 horsepower turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine to a sweet 405 ponies. The company accomplishes this feat with the use of a KKK 26 turbo and a massive intercooler.

All-wheel drive continues to be the Haldex variety, with Polestar changing the steering rack ratios to make the car more responsive. Ohlins dampers and springs keep things as smooth as one can get in a street-legal race car, with braking power provided by six piston Brembos on the front tires and four piston calipers for the back.

Volvo and Polestar have a long and successful history together, and 2010 marks their 15th straight season as reigning champions of the Swedish Touring Car Championship.

Source: Volvo