2014 Volvo S60 V8 Supercar 1

Μετά το οπτικοακουστικό show που είδαμε πριν μερικές ημέρες, η Volvo Polestar Racing αποκάλυψε το αγωνιστικό S60 με το οποίο θα συμμετέχει στο φετινό V8 Supercars Championship.

Το πρώτο που κάνει εντύπωση (εκτός φυσικά από το εντελώς brutal παρουσιαστικό) είναι τα χρώματα της Valvoline. Κάτω από το καπό, βρίσκεται ένας ατμοσφαιρικός 5-λιτρος V8 που καίγοντας E85 αποδίδει 650 ίππους και 660 Nm ροπής ενώ ο κόφτης του βρίσκεται στις 7.500 σ.α.λ. Η ισχύς μεταδίδεται στους πίσω τροχούς μέσω ενός transaxle 6-τάχυτου σειριακού κιβωτίου με ενσωματωμένο spool διαφορικό.

Η ανάρτηση του S60 V8 Supercar είναι διπλά ψαλίδα εμπρός και μία (ορισμένη από τους κανονισμούς) ανεξάρτητη διάταξη πίσω ενώ τα αμορτισέρ είναι φυσικά της Ohlins. Πατάει σε σφυρήλατες ζάντες ελαφρού κράματος 18 ιντσών, που “ντύνονται” με ελαστικά της Dunlop ενώ την απαραίτητη δύναμη πέδησης παρέχουν τα 4 αεριζόμενα δισκόφρενα με δίσκους 395mm εμπρός και 355mm πίσω με 6-πίστονες και 4-πίστονες δαγκάνες αντίστοιχα. Τέλος, το βάρος του αυτοκινήτου είναι 1.410 κιλά με τον οδηγό.

Χάρη σε όλα αυτά, το αγωνιστικό S60 επιταχύνει στα 100 χιλιόμετρα ανά ώρα από στάση σε μόλις 3.2 δευτερόλεπτα ενώ η τελική του διαμορφώνεται στα 185 μίλια την ώρα (298km/h). Το ντεμπούτο του θα το κάνει στο Syndey Motorsport Park κατά τη διάρκεια δοκιμών, πριν τον πρώτο αγώνα στις αρχές του Μαρτίου.

[Πηγή: Volvo]

Δελτίο Τύπου

  • Iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge hosts Volvo S60 V8 Supercar debut
  • Volvo the first luxury car manufacturer in V8 Supercars with factory team
  • Volvo Polestar Racing team ready for the world’s toughest touring car series

Volvo Polestar Racing has unveiled its Volvo S60 race car that will debut in the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship by driving it across the world’s most famous ‘coat-hanger’ – the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

After months of speculation, the distinctive Valvoline-liveried Volvo S60 V8 Supercar made its way across the Bridge and into Sydney’s CBD to an official presentation overlooking the Sydney Opera House.

Joining team naming rights partner Valvoline on the Volvo S60 are Volvo Car Financial Services, Volvo Trucks, Cummins, Hexis, Freem, Browne & Co and Clingtape.

Volvo Car Australia Managing Director Matt Braid was joined by drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren, team principal Garry Rogers and Polestar owner Christian Dahl to present the race car to the media.

“This is an historic day in the history of Volvo Car Australia,” said Matt Braid. “As the first luxury car manufacturer to enter V8 Supercars with a factory team, we’re delighted to reveal our Volvo S60 race car to meet the challenge of the world’s toughest touring car series and strengthen the presence of the S60 model line – and Volvo brand – here in Australia.”

Utilising the resources of Volvo, Polestar and GRM, the Volvo Polestar Racing S60 V8 Supercar has been designed and built to V8 Supercars’ ‘Car of the Future’ regulations. These regulations include 18-inch wheels, transaxle gearbox and independent rear suspension (see specification details below).

“This is a significant day,” said Christian Dahl. “Polestar has been Volvo Car Group’s global performance and motorsport partner since 1996, and has campaigned Volvos in the World Touring Car Championship, the European Touring Car Championship and, currently, the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. To that end, we’re looking forward to the challenge of the V8 Supercar Championship.”

Volvo Car Australia has a rich heritage of motorsport in Australia, dating back to the 1960s, and posting some notable milestones, including winning the 1986 Australian Touring Car Championship with Robbie Francevic in a Volvo 240T.

Last year marked the 15th anniversary of Volvo winning Australia’s most famous race, the Bathurst 1000 in 1998 with Jim Richards and Rickard Rydell in a Volvo S40.

Indeed, some of Australia’s greatest names in motorsport have tasted success with Volvo including John Bowe and Peter Brock.

Garry Rogers commented:

“For all the GRM staff it is incredibly satisfying to see the next step of all the hard work and energy they have put into designing and building the Volvo S60 V8 Supercar over the last 12 months.

“During this process, this same group of workers were also responsible for the preparation and running of our 2013 V8 Supercar Championship cars, so it makes me extremely proud to be surrounded by such a never-say-die group. We cannot wait to get on with the racing.”

With the first race at the Clipsal 500 fast approaching at the end of February, testing of the Valvoline Volvo S60 continues apace, with the official V8 Supercar test day taking place at Sydney Motorsport Park on 15 February.

Volvo S60 V8 Supercar technical information

Vehicle Volvo S60
Engine Modified Volvo B8444S (see below)
Transmission Control Albins ST6 6 speed sequential Transaxle with integrated spool differential
Front suspension Double wishbone suspension, adjustable damper and cockpit adjustable front anti-roll bar
Rear suspension Control independent rear suspension, adjustable damper; cockpit adjustable anti-roll bar
Front brakes AP Racing 6 piston caliper, 395mm ventilated discs
Rear brakes AP Racing 4 piston caliper, 355mm ventilated discs
Wheels Control Rimstock 18” x 11” forged aluminium
Tyres Dunlop control tyre
Weight 1410KG (includes driver)
Top speed 298+ km/h
0-100km/h 3.2 seconds
Steering Custom rack and pinion power assisted steering
Shocks Ohlins TTX Dampers
Electronics MoTec ECU and Data Logging System

Engine technical information

Block Modified Volvo B8444S, 60 degree aluminium cylinder block
Heads Modified Volvo B8444S, aluminium
Bore x Stroke 95.5 x 87.1
Capacity 4989cc
Compression  10:1
Power 650bhp (estimated)
Max revs 7500rpm
Induction Naturally aspirated, eight throttle bodies
Fuel E85
Liners Cast in steel liners
Valve train Double overhead camshafts, direct acting tappets, chain drive
Ignition Volvo B8444S coil on plug
Injection Port injection, one injector per cylinder, injection pressure: 5.5 bar

2014 V8 Supercars Championship

February 15 sydney.com V8 Supercars Test Day Sydney Motorsport Park
Feb 27-Mar 2 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Adelaide
Mar 13-16 2014 Formula 1 Australian GP Albert Park
March 28-30 Tasmania 400 Symmons Plains Raceway
April 4-6 Winton 400 Winton Motor Raceway
April 24-27 ITM 500 Auckland Pukekohe Park Raceway
May 16-18 Perth 400 Barbagallo Raceway
June 20-22 Skycity Triple Crown Darwin 500 Hidden Valley Raceway
July 4-6 Townsville 500 Reid Park
Aug 1-3 Coates Hire Ipswich 400 Queensland Raceway
Aug 22-24 Sydney Motorsport Park 400 Sydney Motorsport Park
Sept 12-14 Wilson Security Sandown 500 Sandown Raceway
Oct 9-12 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Mount Panorama
Oct 24-26 Armor All Gold Coast 600 Surfers Paradise
Nov 14-16 Phillip Island 400 Phillip Island Circuit
Dec 5-7 Sydney 500 Sydney Olympic Park