Polestar, the former performance sub-brand of Swedish-Automaker, Volvo, has confirmed plans for its first three standalone models as well as a new purpose-built production facility in China.
Their first model, the Polestar One, is set to arrive and go on sale in mid-2019.
The Polestar One, which will form a halo for the future electric brand, is a two-door 2+2 seat grand tourer coupé with an electric performance hybrid drivetrain. The gorgeous looking Swede has a range of 150 km on pure electric power alone, which is the longest full electric range of any hybrid car on the market. Impressive indeed. As are the output figures of 600 horsepower and 1000 Nm of torque, that places the car firmly in the performance car segment.
The car is based on Volvo’s scalable platform architecture (SPA) but approximately 50% is new and bespoke, created by Polestar’s engineers. To reinforce its dynamic driving characteristics, the One benefits from a host of technologies, all aimed at making it a true driver’s car. It is the world’s first car to be fitted with the class-leading öhlins continuously controlled electronic suspension (CESO) advanced chassis technology.
A carbon fibre body reduces bodyweight and improves torsional stiffness by 45%, as well as lowering the cars’ centre of gravity. Additionally, the One uses a double electric rear axle which enables torque vectoring. This supports the driver with precise acceleration on each wheel to keep the maximum road grip and maintain speed while cornering.
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