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Subsidiary of Volvo Cars
Headquarters Gothenburg, Sweden
Products High performance engines and cars,
Automotive sports accessories
Owner Volvo Cars
Website www.polestar.com
Volvo V60 Polestar
Volvo S60 Polestar
Volvo S60 STCC
Volvo C30 S2000
Volvo S40 Super Touring
Volvo 850 Super Touring

Polestar is the official Volvo Cars performance company and brand, based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Polestar develops high-performance cars based on Volvo's and offers technical and cosmetic upgrades to enhance Volvo models. Until 2015, Polestar Performance was a division of Polestar along with the Polestar racing team.[1] and prototypes.[2] Volvo announced in July 2015 that it had purchased Polestar Performance. The racing team will remain under the direction of Christian Dahl,[3] changing name from Polestar Racing to Cyan Racing. A close cooperation with Polestar is maintained with Cyan Racing becoming official motorsport partner to Polestar, the Volvo Cars performance brand.[4] In June of 2017 Volvo announced polestar would be its own brand producing high-end electric cars to compete with brands like Tesla Motors. [5]

Historical overview[edit]

  • 1996: Flash Engineering was founded in Sweden to race the Volvo Touring Cars in the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC). The first car was the Volvo 850 Super Touring, build by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR)
  • 1998: Volvo S40 Super Touring, build by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR), was used to race the team
  • 2003: Volvo S60 S2000, originally build by Prodrive and further developped by Flash Engineering, was used to race the team
  • 2004: Flash Engineering was purchased by Christian Dahl
  • 2005: Flash Engineering was rebranded to Polestar
  • 2009: Volvo C30 S2000 is het first complete raceproject by Polestar. In this year Polestar became official Volvo partner to modify existing Volvo model, under the brand Polestar Performance. The racing division is called Polestar Racing
  • 2010: Polestar introduces the Volvo C30 Polestar Concept, their first road car
  • 2012: Polestar introduces the Volvo S60 Polestar Concept, their second road car
  • 2013: Volvo S60 Polestar and Volvo V60 Polestar are the first production road cars
  • 2015: Polestar Performance and Polestar brand are purchased by Volvo, Polestar Racing remains owned by Christian Dahl and is rebranded to Cyan Racing
  • 2017: Volvo announces that Polestar will develop high-performance electrical cars under the Polestar brand. The logo of the company changes slightly: the cross with a little round in the middle is replace by 2 arrows



Production Cars[edit]

Polestar produces under the label Engineered performance road cars based on Volvo models. The chassis and suspension is enhanced, the drive-train and engine, steering, wheels and brakes. The interior and exterior get a sportier make-over. Polestar also develops new engines and transmissions. In the futur, Polestar will also offer own models under the Polestar brand.

Concept Cars[edit]

Polestar produces prototype cars as well, with the first and most famous being the C30 Polestar Performance Concept Prototype (2010) with over 450 bhp and 510 Nm.[6]

The Volvo S60 Polestar Concept is the heir to the C30 Polestar, featuring 508 BHP from a modified T6 engine, launched in June 2012.[7] The car sprints from 0–100 km/h in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of over 300 km/h.[8] American car magazine Motor Trend tested the car at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where it broke the lap record for four-door cars, matching the lap time of an Audi R8.[9]

Introduced Model Type Engine Drive-train
2009 Volvo C30 Polestar Concept [10] concept 5-cylinder, 2500 cc, N/A, 451 hp AWD, 6-speed manual
2012 Volvo S60 Polestar Concept [11] concept 6-cylinder, 3000 cc, turbocharged, 508 hp AWD, 6-speed manual
2013 Volvo S/V60 Polestar production 6-cylinder, 3000 cc, turbocharged, 350 hp AWD, 6-speed auto
2016 Volvo S/V60 Polestar Drive-E production 4-cylinder, 2000 cc, turbocharged, 367 hp AWD, 8-speed auto

Performance parts[edit]

Polestar offers different parts under the label Parts, to style and enhance Volvo cars. Exterior and interior can be styled and upgraded which can also give the vehicle better performance. These parts are spoilers, diffusors, lowering sets, exhaust, wheels, interior trims, ..

Performance optimisation[edit]

Under the label Optimised, Polestar offers enhancements for Volvo cars which deliver better performance. Examples are engine optimisations with retained warranty and unchanged fuel consumption and emissions. The engine optimisation increases the power and torque output, varying depending on engine model. The response of the throttle can be modifief and the character of the transmission is tweaked.


Polestar has been working with Volvo since 1996, starting with racing Volvo cars and being involved in the development of race cars. Nowadays Polestar and Cyan Racing are teaming as Polestar Cyan Racing to race Volvo's and develop high-performance parts.

In 2014, Polestar has been involved in the development of a V8 powered Volvo S60 that is raced by Garry Rogers Motorsport in the Australian V8 Supercars series.[12] Robert Dahlgren was seconded to Australia in 2014 as part of this programme and pulled out in the end of 2016.[13]

Race cars

Active Model Constructor Homologation Engine Drive-train Weight
1996-1997 Volvo 850 Super Touring TWR Super Touring 5-cylinder, 2000cc, N/A, 295 hp FWD, 6-speed sequential 975 kg
1998-2002 Volvo S40 Super Touring TWR Super Touring 5-cylinder, 2000cc, N/A, 317 hp FWD, 6-speed sequential 975 kg
2003-2007 Volvo S60 S2000 Prodrive/Polestar S2000 5-cylinder, 2000cc, N/A, 280 hp FWD, 6-speed sequential 1165 kg
2008-2011 Volvo C30 S2000 Polestar S2000 5-cylinder, 2000cc, N/A, 290 hp FWD, 6-speed sequential 1159 kg
2011-2013 Volvo C30 S2000 1.6T Polestar S2000 1.6T 4-cylinder, 1600cc, turbocharged, 340 hp FWD, 6-speed sequential 1164 kg
2012-2016 Volvo S60 STCC Solution-F/Polestar TTA 6-cylinder, 3500cc, N/A, 420 hp RWD, 6-speed sequential 1150 kg
2014-2016 Volvo S60 V8SC Garry Rogers Motorsport/Polestar COTF 8-cylinder, 5000cc, N/A, 650 hp RWD, 6-speed sequential 1400 kg
2016 Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 Cyan Racing TC1 4-cylinder, 1600cc, turbocharged, 400 hp FWD, 6-speed sequential 1100 kg


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