Volvo V60 Polestar Safety Car

The Volvo V60 Polestar is set to become the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s (WTCC) Official Safety Car for the 2016 season. The V60 will see action for the first time this weekend at the season-opening Race of France at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

Specially modified with mandatory safety equipment, the V60 Polestar features a roll cage and various rescue and communication tools for its crew — a driver and an observer. The hot, road-going estate is powered by a 3.0 litre inline six-cylinder turbo engine, delivering 350 hp and 500 Nm. The Polestar-tuned estate goes from zero to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds.

Additionally, the Polestar treatment adds an 80% stiffer Polester suspension system (compared to the regular model), Ohlins shock absorbers, uprated Brembo brakes, bespoke 20-inch wheels, a Polestar full-flow exhaust system and a new intercooler.

Volvo V60 Polestar Safety Car

“It was an easy decision to start a cooperation with the WTCC on the Official Safety Car. This allows us to close the circle from track to road by showcasing customers the take-home alternative of our racing car technology in the form of the Volvo V60 Polestar Safety Car,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

Polestar itself will be competing in this year’s FIA WTCC season with its motorsport partner, Cyan Racing. Two newly developed Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 racers based on the S60 Polestar road car will take part in the season’s 12 race weekends across four continents.