Volvo’s Polestar Testing Ride And Handling Of One Performance GT


The engineers are fine-tuning the suspension and steering response of the Polestar One ahead of early next year launch

Polestar is the performance brand of Volvo and the first product of the company is One performance coupe, which made its debut last year. The sales of Polestar one is expected to commence in 2019 and the company is putting final touches as we have already seen how the body of the Polestar One performs in a crash.

Now the company has released a new video, which showcased the ride and handling. First, the engineers are checking the prototype for any problems and then calibrated the torque vectoring software before going out. Then the steering response and grip test began as the conditions are not ideal and the track is completely wet.

The Polestar reaches a speed of 220 kph on a 45 degree banked section of the high-speed track at an altitude of 6300 m. Then the second test is for handling in which the Polestar One is driven at a speed of 130 kph in same wet conditions at the temperature of 6 degrees and the performance coupe completed the test successfully.

The engineers are focusing a lot on steering response and torque vectoring as they want to tune it to perfection. According to Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive officer of Polestar said that performance is about much more than acceleration and the way Polestar 1 feels to drive and live with is also critical.

Polestar One is powered by a petrol engine and electric motors as the front wheels are driven by 2.0 L four-cylinder petrol engine and two electric motors drive the rear wheel, the combined out is 600 hp and 1000 Nm of torque. According to Polestar, the performance coupe has an electric range of 150 km, which makes it the most fuel-efficient hybrid model.

The Polestar One performance coupe is based on Volvo’s SPA platform and the company has used carbon fibre body panels along with steel to keep weight down. The suspension duties are handled by Ohlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi) and massive 400 mm disc brakes also.