Volvo is returning to WTCC with S60 Polestar TC1
After four years absence Volvo is returning to FIA World Touring Car Championship in season 2016. Volvo will participate in WTCC through its Polestar performance brand’s motorsport partner Cyan Racing, with a newly developed S60 Polestar TC1 car. Last time we saw Volvo in full-season WTCC campaign was in 2011, with Robert Dahlgren at the wheel of Volvo C30 and Volvo C30 eDrive. In 2013 Thed Björk made a one-off appearance with C30 eDrive at Chinese round and since then, Swedish brand disappeared from WTCC. Now, they have signed a multi-year agreement with a plan to attack world title with two-cars team.
Volvo showed the new car, which is still in testing phase. Polestar Cyan Racing will spend the remainder of 2015 testing and developing the car. Details of the driver line-up will be announced later, we can asume that they will hire Swedish drivers, as always. Volvo took three consecutive titles in Scandinavian Touring Car Championship from 2013 to 2015 and Thed Björk became a triple champion, so it seems that he will the best option for one seat in WTCC car.
Jean Todt, FIA President, said: “I am delighted to welcome Volvo as a new manufacturer in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. As a famous touring car marque, and as a name synonymous with both technology and safety, it is fitting that Volvo is the latest manufacturer to join the World Championship. This new entry is testament to the maturity of the WTCC and to the attractiveness of the TC1 regulations for manufacturers. My hope is that Volvo, with its S60 TC1, and the FIA World Touring Car Championship will enjoy great success together.”
François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, said: “Volvo has a strong pedigree in touring car racing and it’s a big credit to the WTCC as a global platform to be selected by a premium brand looking to showcase its exciting new performance brand, Polestar. This will be a serious manufacturer entry with the design, chassis and engine development and running of the team all taken care of under one roof. Welcome to Polestar Cyan Racing to the pinnacle of touring car.”
Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar, said: “This is a great day for all of us at Polestar Cyan Racing to announce our assault on the FIA World Touring Car Championship, a programme that boils down to one thing; to bring the world title to Sweden. We have got respect for the task ahead of us that we take on with absolute commitment. This is a long-term effort and we have got an extensive testing programme during the winter that will continue alongside our first WTCC season in 2016 which is all about learning.”