Volvo and Lotus might come together to develop new Polestar performance cars reportedly as a benefit from Geely’s takeover
Volvo has sped up its operations with the Polestar performance division recently. As a next step and to get more worldly recognition for the sub-brand, it could get assistance from a company who has built some legendary track-day cars for a long time. Lotus is expected to concentrate on the chassis tuning side of things as of now.
Lotus brand is an expert in making lightweight sports cars and has a storied history in providing assistance to other automakers in terms of emphasising the performance frontiers. For example, mastering the suspension setup from Isuzu Impulse and Vauxhall Carlton to the expensive and serious performers like the Aston Martin DB9 and Nissan’s GT-R.
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We brought you the news about Volvo’s Chinese owner Geely is all set to buy the Lotus brand in addition to purchasing control stakes in Malaysian-based Proton from DRB-HICOM. The move will certainly help both Geely and Volvo to have more footprint in Southeast Asian as well as Europe alongside getting assistance from Lotus.
In an interview to Drive, Volvo’s vehicle dynamics engineer Roger Wallgren has said that their participation would be appreciated and the knowledge can be applicable for a wide variety of purposes. We would like to iterate that the existence of a collaboration is nothing more than skin deep but if it comes into fruition, we could expect more hardcore performance from Volvo’s production vehicles.
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Looking back at the history books, Lotus has designed the suspension for Volvo’s 480 hatchback in the ‘80s. The Swedish luxury brand integrated its Polestar performance line a couple of years ago and since then there have been some stellar products emerged.
Mainly, the S60 Polestar which was recently launched in India at a good price tag. It gets power from a 2.0L four-cylinder petrol engine making 362 hp and 470 Nm torque.
Volvo S60 Polestar Images