Volvo S60 Polestar to be shown at the next Swedish TTA Race in Gothenburg
Polestar will present a performance concept road car, based on the Volvo S60 platform, at the next round of the Swedish TTA - Racing Elite League. Officially named Volvo S60 Polestar, it will be shown on 16th June at the third round of the new racing series, held at Polestar's home track in downtown Gothenburg, Sweden.
"The performance concept road-car is a spin-off of our work evaluating and developing the S60 for racing." says Polestar Marketing Director Hans Bååth.
When the Volvo C30 Polestar was presented in 2010, it gained a massive global interest and Polestar was flooded with requests from people interested in buying the car. The first Polestar concept-car was however not designed with production in mind and, at the time, Polestar was also in the midst of campaigning the Volvo C30 WTCC in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. The first S60 Polestar is built for one of the most eager bidders for the original C30 Polestar.
"Whether there will be more cars built is an open question. First of all we want to get feedback on this first prototype." Bååth continues.
In 2011, Volvo decided to switch its race-car entry from the C30 to the S60 model. Polestar then started an intense research and evaluation-program to collect and compile vehicle data from the S60 platform. The final decision on what racing class to enter was yet to be taken and Polestar needed to learn as much as possible about the S60's built-in characteristics.
Jan Andersson, responsible for complete vehicle development at Polestar explains: "What we found was another very strong Volvo with great potential for motorsport applications and also an almost ideal platform for a road-going performance car. Volvo's engineers are known around the world for their achievements in car and traffic safety. What is less widely understood is that strong and safe cars also make great platforms for motorsport and performance."
Polestar has co-operated with Volvo since 1996 and has to date successfully raced five different Volvo models starting with the Volvo 850. Volvo bodies are strong and solid designs, built to withstand extreme forces straight from the factory which make them ideal for building race cars. While in the S60 TTA car, almost every single part is designed and manufactured for racing purposes only, the Volvo S60 Polestar is to a great extent based on standard Volvo S60 T6 components.
Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director at Volvo Cars: "The car we present is yet another result of our close co-operation where Polestar's motorsport and performance experience is combined with Volvo's in-depth knowledge about the car and its technology."
Exact specifications of the car will be revealed at the official launch at the Gothenburg City Arena.
U.S. Students Take Third Place At Volvo Adventure Awards In Gothenburg
Students from around the world came together to share their vision of a greener future with UNESCO at the Volvo Adventure Awards in Gothenburg
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (June 12, 2012) -- Students from all over the world united in Gothenburg at the Volvo Adventure Awards to battle it out to be crowned winner of the world-class environmental education program. After experiencing tough competition across more than 45 countries, just 12 teams remained to fight for the coveted Volvo Adventure Award. Working in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the award gives the young and environmentally aware a voice to gain recognition and support for their life-changing ideas.
The U.S. team, comprised of five students from Pontiac, Ill. and North Freedom, Wis., took third place after an intense two day competition with their initiative, "The National Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program". The ultimate winners were the team from Paraguay with the Brazilian team taking second place. Other competition included the UK, China, Croatia, Egypt, Fiji, Russia, Tanzania, Turkey and Macedonia.
Throughout 2012, prescription drug disposal has been a hot topic in the U.S. P2D2 is a group of teenagers who wanted to make a difference. They organized a drug collection program dedicated to keeping the water systems of their communities safe from damage caused by the improper disposal of medication. The team raised awareness by using local government and media outlets, and provided communities with permanent disposal containers and incinerators. The team has even passed a bill to make its efforts permanent, which is currently running in over 22 states. To date, they have prevented over 600,000 pounds of drugs from contaminating our precious environment.
The legacy of the Volvo Adventure Awards goes far beyond its timeframe - throughout the years, youth groups carry on with their school projects and ignite lasting change. In 2008, Team TGIF from Rhode Island in the USA promoted the recycling of cooking grease to refine in to bio fuel. Since then, more than 120,000 gallons of wasted cooking oil was collected which produced about 100,000 gallons of biodiesel. The students drafted a waste cooking oil recycling law and had it passed in July 2011.
This unique competition brings together children from across social, economic and cultural divides, each of whom has identified ways in which to improve their communities, from inner cities to deserted islands. Apart from taking home the ultimate prize, this event unites young people who will potentially achieve something many politicians can't - change.
Abu Dhabi Clinch Nerve-Jarring Win, Groupama Moves To Top
Abu Dhabi shrugged off seven months of frustration to seal their first offshore victory in a nerve-jarring transatlantic leg from Miami to Lisbon, while Groupama’s second place finish -- five and a half minutes behind after more than 3,500 nautical miles racing -- was enough to take them top of the leaderboard in place of long-term leaders Telefonica.
Groupama spent days snapping at the heels of the Emirati team and were within a mile of their rivals as they headed up the River Tagus towards the finish line.
Ian Walker’s team defended resolutely, however, matching their rivals gybe for gybe to ensure their first podium finish on an offshore leg would also be their first win, and spark wild celebrations lit up by a booming firework display.
For Groupama, the consolation prize came soon enough, as Telefónica’s finish in fourth place -- behind PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG in the third podium slot and just ahead of CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand -- meant the French team climb above them.
Abu Dhabi, who finished at 21:23:54 UTC, received 30 points for victory, with Groupama netting 25 after their finish at 21:29:21. PUMA took 20 points, Telefonica 15 and CAMPER 10.
Team Sanya finished sixth to pick up five points.
Groupama, skippered by Franck Cammas, now lead Telefónica by three points overall, with the Spanish team dropping off the lead for the first time since their victory on Leg 1 from Alicante to Cape Town back in November.
Four teams remain separated by just 21 points, making it the closest contest in the 39-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race with just two offshore legs and three in-port races still to come.
The arrival in Lisbon represented a homecoming for Abu Dhabi, who had a training base in nearby Cascais during the build-up to the race.
"It's incredible -- what a welcome," said Walker, before he and Emirati crew member Adil Khalid were chucked into the water by their team mates.
"Do you think you can make the last 10 miles of a race any harder than that?
"It’s one of the most amazing experiences of my sailing career, that’s for sure. Mentally, certainly I’m exhausted. It's just such a relief."
Abu Dhabi also visited Lisbon in much less happy circumstances during Leg 1, after a dismasting within the first few hours ultimately forced them to ship the boat from Lisbon to Cape Town.
While they have notched up three victories in in-port races, and have a strong chance of winning the series, this is the first time they have really been able to shine in an offshore leg.
First Groupama and then Telefónica enjoyed the lead for long spells on a leg that started out looking like a fast, direct sprint across the Atlantic before the effects of Tropical Storm Alberto altered things drastically.
One by one, the boats were forced to head ever further north towards the ice exclusion zone.
Abu Dhabi moved into the lead on Day 6 and after briefly surrendering it to CAMPER they were back ahead the following day.
Two days later they were clear, though skipper Ian Walker warned repeatedly that a light-air zone inside the final 300 nautical miles would see the fleet compress.
That’s exactly how it turned out, with Abu Dhabi forced to scrap every step of the way to an emotional victory at the team’s second home.
"It came down to the wire, and we certainly had our ups and downs, but we are very happy," said Groupama skipper Franck Cammas. "it was a good operation for us!"
Third place for PUMA kept them in contention for the overall lead, 12 points behind new leaders Groupama.
"This is a great result," said the team's American skipper Ken Read. "There’s still a lot of points on the board and to be on the podium is a big deal for us."
The battle between Telefónica and CAMPER for fourth and fifth came down to a slow-motion tussle over an excruciating final few miles, with no breeze and the current against them.
Telefónica eventually finished with an advantage of 102 seconds and less than a boat length for a five-point boost that could yet prove crucial.
The action resumes with the In-Port Race on June 9, followed by the start of Leg 8 to Lorient the following day.
Leg 7 results:
1. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing – 11d, 04h, 23m, 54s
2. Groupama sailing team – 11d, 04h, 29m, 21s
3. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG – 11d, 06h, 26m, 52s
4. Team Telefónica – 11d, 08h, 28m, 27s
5. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand – 11d, 08h, 30m, 09s
6. Team Sanya – 11d, 08h, 44m, 25s