The Swedes have never been the ones to deride the idea of automotive safety – and we all benefited from their approach, so we’re not going to joke on the fact they say the new official safety vehicle of the FIA World Touring Car Championship is very safe.
Volvo’s second consecutive collaboration with the FIA WTCC has resulted in the creation of the latest V60 Polestar Safety Car, which not only features the mandatory safety car livery and lights, but also includes some of Volvo’s own safety tricks. The aero body kit has been made out of carbon fiber to provide a sporty design we wouldn’t mind seeing on the roads instead of just the circuits – the upgrades also increase the downforce by 30 percent, for plenty of grip and handling when negotiating the tight turns of the world’s tracks.
Motivation is provided by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine of the standard car, delivering 367 horsepower (273 kilowatts) and 347 pound-feet (470 Newton-meters) of torque, in combination with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A high-strength roll cage, and the usual array of rescue and communication equipment have also been installed – development was also assisted by Thed Björk, the leader of the 2017 WTCC drivers’ championship that works for Polestar Cyan Racing. The 2018 Volvo V60 Polestar WTCC Safety Car has debuted this weekend at the FIA WTCC Race of Japan.