Volvos performance brand Polestar has all grown up, no longer simply tuning regular cars but creating entirely new carbon fibre bodied 600 horsepower hybrid GT cars. The hybrid drivetrain consists of a 2.0L four banger that is both turbocharged and supercharged sitting in the front, and two electric motors fitted to the rear axle that drive the rear wheels. The Polestar 1 will have an all-electric driving range of around 100 miles, and is set to take on the BMW i8 and Tesla Model S when it is released in late 2019. Polestar also expects to develop the Polestar 2 and 3, that will compete in different market segments to the 1 and potentially cement the brand as a player in the performance car market.
Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar said; “Polestar 1 is the first car to carry the Polestar on the bonnet. A beautiful GT with amazing technology packed into it – a great start for our new Polestar brand. All future cars from Polestar will feature a fully electric drivetrain, delivering on our brand vision of being the new standalone electric performance brand”.
“Most electric cars are fast – that's a product of the attributes of an electric motor. However, for Polestar, performance is far more holistic than just straight-line speed. It's about acceleration, of course, but it's also about cornering, braking, suspension control, chassis feedback and steering feel. This is what Polestar calls Progressive Performance,” said Thomas Ingenlath.