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18th February, 2014

Volvo Polestar Racing has unveiled its Volvo S60 race car that will debut in the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship.

The distinctive Valvoline-liveried Volvo S60 V8 Supercar made its debut in Sydney last Thursday.

Joining team naming rights partner Valvoline on the Volvo S60 are Volvo Car Financial Services, Volvo Trucks, Cummins, Hexis, Freem, Browne & Co and Clingtape.

Volvo Car Australia Managing Director Matt Braid was joined by drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren, team principal Garry Rogers and Polestar owner Christian Dahl to reveal the race car.

“This is an historic day in the history of Volvo Car Australia,” said Matt Braid. “As the first luxury car manufacturer to enter V8 Supercars with a factory team, we’re delighted to reveal our Volvo S60 race car to meet the challenge of the world’s toughest touring car series and strengthen the presence of the S60 model line – and Volvo brand – here in Australia.”

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Utilising the resources of Volvo, Polestar and GRM, the Volvo Polestar Racing S60 V8 Supercar has been designed and built to V8 Supercars’ ‘Car of the Future’ regulations. These regulations include 18-inch wheels, transaxle gearbox and independent rear suspension (see specification details below).

“This is a significant day,” said Christian Dahl. “Polestar has been Volvo Car Group’s global performance and motor sport partner since 1996, and has campaigned Volvos in the World Touring Car Championship, the European Touring Car Championship and, currently, the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. To that end, we’re looking forward to the challenge of the V8 Supercar Championship.”

Volvo Car Australia has a rich heritage of motor sport in Australia, dating back to the 1960s, and posting some notable milestones, including winning the 1986 Australian Touring Car Championship with Robbie Francevic in a Volvo 240T. (copyright image)
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Last year marked the 15th anniversary of Volvo winning Australia’s most famous race, the Bathurst 1000 in 1998 with Jim Richards and Rickard Rydell in a Volvo S40.

Indeed, some of Australia’s greatest names in motor sport have tasted success with Volvo including John Bowe and Peter Brock.

Garry Rogers commented:

“For all the GRM staff it is incredibly satisfying to see the next step of all the hard work and energy they have put into designing and building the Volvo S60 V8 Supercar over the last 12 months.”

“During this process, this same group of workers were also responsible for the preparation and running of our 2013 V8 Supercar Championship cars, so it makes me extremely proud to be surrounded by such a never-say-die group. We cannot wait to get on with the racing.”

With the first race at the Clipsal 500 fast approaching at the end of February, testing of the Valvoline Volvo S60 continues apace.

Volvo S60 V8 Supercar technical information


Volvo S60


Modified Volvo B8444S (see below)


Control Albins ST6 6 speed sequential Transaxle with integrated spool differential

Front suspension

Double wishbone suspension, adjustable damper and cockpit adjustable front anti-roll bar

Rear suspension

Control independent rear suspension, adjustable damper; cockpit adjustable anti-roll bar

Front brakes

AP Racing 6 piston calliper, 395mm ventilated discs

Rear brakes

AP Racing 4 piston calliper, 355mm ventilated discs


Control Rimstock 18” x 11” forged aluminium


Dunlop control tyre


1,410KG (includes driver)

Top speed

298+ km/h


3.2 seconds


Custom rack and pinion power assisted steering


Ohlins TTX Dampers


MoTec ECU and Data Logging System

Engine technical information


Modified Volvo B8444S, 60 degree aluminium cylinder block


Modified Volvo B8444S, aluminium

Bore x Stroke

95.5 x 87.1






650bhp (estimated)

Max revs



Naturally aspirated, eight throttle bodies




Cast in steel liners

Valve train

Double overhead camshafts, direct acting tappets, chain drive


Volvo B8444S coil on plug


Port injection, one injector per cylinder, injection pressure: 5.5 bar



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