Several months ago, we discovered the photos of a strange prototype of the Volvo P1800. This car is not entirely new since it was marketed in the 60s. We wondered then if Volvo or Cyan Racing (formerly Polestar) were not preparing a surprise for us. Well, today we have confirmation and answers to all of our questions.
Inspiration comes from the past
In fact, this car was developed by Cyan Racing.
“We won our first world title with Volvo in 2017 and have since won two more world titles with two other manufacturers. The first world title was a big milestone for us, and we felt it was the right time to reconnect with the past and with those who preceded us in racing with Volvos. The first Volvo P1800 Cyan wears our blue and yellow colors to mark our heritage "said Christian Dahl, CEO and Founder of Cyan Racing.
As an anecdote, the Volvo P1800 came into the world a year before the Jaguar Type E and three years before the Porsche 911. All of these cars have offspring, except the Volvo, that's why Cyan Racing created this special car.
"It left us the inspiration to create what could have been if we, as a racing team, had been there in the '60s, racing the P1800, and could have designed a road version of our racing car We have already done this with three of our racing cars, the Volvo C30, the Volvo S60, when we were known as Polestar, and last year the Lynk & Co 03 Cyan. Volvo P1800 Cyan is our interpretation of what could have been. ", added the boss of Cyan Racing.
A reinterpretation in the rules of the art
The Cyan Racing team reinterpreted the Volvo P1800 respecting the technology and engineering of the time while adding their expertise. It has been improved according to the rules of the art, moreover, it has neither ABS nor stability control.
However, the body of the Volvo P1800 Cyan has been modified. For example, it has been widened to accommodate larger wheels. Its steel body has been reinforced with carbon fiber. Of course, all of this was done keeping an eye on the weight of the car which is only 990 kg.
We expected this modern day Volvo P1800 to be electric, well no, Cyan Racing made the choice to slip a heat engine under the hood of its toy. We therefore find a four-cylinder turbocharged two-liter. This is the same engine as the Volvo S60 TC1 which won the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2017. This engine develops 420 hp and 455 Nm of torque.
Cyan Racing has modified the front and rear suspensions. There are aluminum uprights, double wishbone and adjustable shock absorbers. He also worked on the direction described as being very responsive. The P1800 Cyan is fitted with 18 "rims and shod with Pirelli P Zero 235/40 tires at the front and 265/35 at the rear. For braking, it can rely on four-piston calipers at the front as in back.
|Motorization||2.0 four-cylinder turbo|
|Power||420 hp and 455 Nm|
|Maximum speed||7700 rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed manual transmission|