Work on the 2017 car is already well underway
Liveries not only make race cars look cooler, but more importantly, they bring in funds from sponsors. With development and test vehicles, teams don’t actually have to display all those ads that turn race cars into very fast-moving billboards. As such, Polestar Cyan Racing has unveiled a new test car for the FIA World Touring Car Championship that does not have the WTCC attire. It doesn’t make it any less appealing, on the contrary.
The bare carbon fibre body looks quite devilish and makes the high-performance sedan appear sinister when compared to the colourful WTCC Art Car (pictured above) created by Polestar Cyan Racing driver and Swedish royal, Prince Carl Philip. The racing team mentions it has not been able to make progress with development for the 2017-spec car since April when the 2016 WTCC journey commenced, so Polestar has decided to build a new vehicle to handle all of the R&D and testing duties.
The newly-built S60 has already completed an initial test at home in Sweden at the Mantorp Park with drivers Robert Dahlgren and Thed Björk taking turns behind the wheel of the track-only machine. The plan is to conduct further testing in the months to come while still being fully focused on the ongoing 2016 WTCC season. Polestar Cyan Racing mentions it has set an objective to gather information about the car and competition this year, win races in 2017, and try to claim the title in 2018.
As far as the road-going S60 is concerned, the midsize sedan received a nip and tuck a few months ago and in Polestar guise it made the switch from a 350 horsepower turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine to a 367 hp turbocharged & supercharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit. It has less torque than before (347 pound-feet down from 369 lb-ft), but it is 0.2 seconds quicker in the sprint to 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) from a standstill, which now takes 4.7 seconds. Even with the horsepower bump, it’s still no match for the WTCC-spec car which has 400 hp coming from a four-cylinder turbo unit derived from Volvo’s Drive-E engine family.
Source: Polestar Cyan Racing