During 01-03 April 2016, the legendary Circuit Paul Ricard in France hosts the start of the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), Polestar Cyan Racing’s quest to take home their first world title.
When the lights turn to green at 13:35 on 03 April, two Polestar Cyan Racing cars, driven by Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom, will embark on the first race of a quest which spans a multi-year programme. Two sprint-style races, each of 17 laps, will embrace Circuit Paul Ricard, with grid positions for the two races determined in the three intense qualification and elimination sessions, as done in Formula One.
Björk and Ekblom will jockey for position with some of the best touring car drivers from around the world, including multiple world champions José María López, Yvan Muller, Gabriele Tarquini and Rob Huff, behind the wheels of Citroën, Honda, Lada and Chevrolet race cars.
Countless man hours will be put to the test. More importantly, the blood, sweat and tears that everyone in the Polestar Cyan Racing team has invested will finally be justified. Since the end of 2013, vehicle development in the wind tunnel, on test tracks, in the engine lab and in the offices of Polestar Cyan Racing in Sweden has taken more than their time – it has consumed their lives.
The quest for glory
While Polestar Cyan Racing has their sights set on the world title, endurance will be key to bringing it home. In the first year the team will focus on learning: getting to grips with the various circuits, the competition, and the pace. The second year will be all about winning races: faster. By the time the third year rolls around, the team will be prepped and positioned for their shot at the title.
The Polestar Cyan Racing team had their first taste of the WTCC a month ahead of the season at an official pre-season test at Vallelunga in Italy. Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom, along with the team, finally got to drive their very first kilometres in the all-new Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 race cars, alongside actual WTCC competitors. Even with brand-new and unfamiliar cars, and relatively little WTCC experience, both drivers delivered times which rivalled the upper echelons of WTCC competition.
“A dream come true, here testing with the other teams.it feels absolutely great,” stated Thed Björk.
While impossible to project race outcomes, the test was definitely encouraging for the entire team and testament that the philosophy and efforts of the team are paying off.
“Initial signs were very positive.when we get to race, we’ll see the true story,” remarked Fredrik Ekblom.
Volvo S60 Polestar TC1
The Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 is an all-new race car built by Polestar Cyan Racing specifically for the FIA World Touring Car Championship. The state-of-the-art race car weighs a mere 1100 kg and is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged Volvo Drive-E engine which delivers 300 kW. Unlike competitor race cars, this engine is based completely on the production engine found in road-going Volvo cars.
Engine 4-cylinder, turbocharged, 1595 cc, Volvo Drive-E
Drive Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Power 300 kW
Max rpm 8500
Gearbox 6-speed sequential