Swedish electric efficiency automaker Polestar made a more powerful version of its electric fastback sedan for the Goodwood Festival of Velocity in the UK, which kicks off right now, July eighth.
Polestar, which is collectively owned by Volvo and Volvo’s Chinese language dad or mum firm Geely, has tuned the twin motor configuration to pump out 476 horsepower, in comparison with 408 horsepower in the manufacturing version. By doing this, it hopes that the modified Polestar 2 will be capable to end Goodwood’s hill-climbing race in report time.
The corporate has additionally widened the automobile’s stance by 10 millimeters on each side and lowered the trip peak by 30 mm to enhance its dealing with on the monitor. And it’s carried over a few options from its first automobile, the plug-in hybrid Polestar 1, together with 9×21-inch wheels, 6-piston Akebono entrance brakes, and 275/30R21 Pirelli PZero Rosso efficiency tires.
There have been different modifications as effectively, together with stiffer entrance and rear springs, upgraded dampers, and a carbon-fiber entrance suspension strut bar from a Volvo S60. “This automotive is what occurs after we are given freedom to transcend our limits,” Joakim Rydholm, Polestar’s chief chassis engineer, stated in a assertion.
Polestar cites the firm’s CEO, Thomas Ingenlath, as the impetus behind the experimental EV. Ingenlath, who for a number of months has been driving one other experimental version of the Polestar 2 nicknamed “Beast,” stated he directed the engineering group to “play with Polestar 2 and give you one thing that makes a sturdy assertion for Goodwood.”
Polestar isn’t the first EV firm to aspire to win the Goodwood Festival. The present report holder is Romain Dumas, who broke a 20-year-record in 2019 whereas driving a Volkswagen ID R electric racecar. (The competition was canceled final yr as a result of of the COVID-19 pandemic.) Dumas additionally holds the electric vehicle record at Germany’s famous Nürburgring, in addition to the fastest run up Pikes Peak in Colorado.
But when Polestar desires to take the crown from the ID R, which was constructed explicitly to deal with these hill-climbing contests, Polestar will definitely have its work lower out for it.
There will likely be loads of electric rivals this yr as effectively. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will likely be represented, and Ford CEO Jim Farley plans on driving the race himself from behind the wheel of a Mustang Mach-E GT Performance.