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SEP-OCT 2018

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POLE POSITION Volvo Car Group's electric performance brand Polestar is looking to set industry benchmarks with their all-inclusive subscription model Written by Andre James After debuting at the major global motor shows from late 2017 through early 2018, demand for Volvo's Polestar 1 has exceed the company's initial projections since pre-orders commenced in March. "To date, we have received interest from over 6,000 potential customers wanting the Polestar 1. With our current plans to produce 500 cars per year, it's possible that we have exceeded our production potential in these early stages," said Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar. In the United States alone, nearly 200 customers have placed a deposit, the largest number of any country. Production of the Electric Performance Hybrid, which can travel up to 90 miles on pure electric power alone (the longest full electric range of any hybrid car on the market), will begin in mid-2019. In combination with its two-liter, four-cylinder Volvo Drive-E engine, in Power mode, the Polestar 1 delivers 600hp and 1,000Nm of torque, placing the car firmly within the performance car segment. "All future cars from Polestar will be Electric Performance Vehicles but the Polestar 1 bridges today's technology with the future, offering the perfect drivetrain for a Grand Touring Coupé that's likely to be used over longer distances as well as shorter, faster, enjoyable journeys," said Ingenlath. Showcasing Polestar's technology spearhead role, the Polestar 1 is based upon Volvo's Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) but approximately 50% is new and bespoke, created by Polestar's engineers. Polestar 1 measures 4.5m in length compared with the 5.15m of the Volvo S90. is involved removing 320mm from the wheelbase and another 200mm in the rear to create the car's powerful, sporty proportions. Polestar 1 is fitted with a state-of-the-art chassis, including the all-new Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi) - the world's first car to be fitted with this advanced chassis technology. Each Öhlins shock absorber is fitted with a new electronic valve that constantly monitors driver inputs and road surface conditions, reacting in two milliseconds, to immediately change the ride characteristics to the prevailing demands. Another first on an Öhlins suspension, the driver can also make changes to the suspension settings within the car, constantly able to tailor the chassis damping and ride quality to their own requirements. Complementing the suspension technology is a powerful braking system manufactured by Akebono. e 6-piston brake calipers and 400mm discs provide maximum stopping capability. 33

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