Volvo's Polestar 1 would have its its public premiere at the Auto China 2018 in Beijing, which is scheduled to commence from 25 April to 4 May. The electric performance hybrid had its first successful winter test drive in northern Sweden. Polestar 1 had its global media debut in Shanghai last October. Its appearance in Beijing is boosted by overwhelmingly positive feedback from test drivers and engineers, who recently spent two weeks north of the Article Circle for a rigorous shakedown with the first running Polestar 1 prototype – in temperatures as low as -28 degrees Celsius.
“Our test drivers have given us some enthusiastic feedback on the handling and dynamics especially. Besides being very happy with the balance of the chassis, they are particularly excited about the torque vectoring. We are now very confident about how this enhances the Polestar 1’s cornering responsiveness and accuracy. This is a driver’s car. We have now passed a major milestone in the development of the Polestar 1, and prototype testing continues throughout 2018,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer at Polestar. Test drivers focused specifically on Polestar 1’s torque vectoring system, enabled by two rear electric motors with individual planetary gear sets.
“Now we look forward to introducing the car to the Chinese public for the first time, a key market for Polestar,” concludes Thomas Ingenlath. The intense winter test drive is designed to examine and fine-tune traditional automotive aspects like suspension and driving dynamics, but in the case of the Electric Performance Hybrid, the drivetrain and batteries were also under scrutiny – in one of the coldest places on the planet. Chassis balance was further optimised thanks to the advantages of testing on ice, allowing the test drivers to better analyse and react to the car’s behaviour while driving. The Polestar 1 Electric Performance Hybrid GT coupé will have top power of 600bhp and peak torque of 1000Nm, while boasting of an all-electric range of 150 km, the longest of any hybrid car in the world.