Cyan Racing, the reigning four-time touring car World Champions, will bring the Volvo P1800 Cyan and Volvo S60 race car to the iconic Bernina Gran Turismo in Switzerland on September 16-19.
The two cars have more in common than just being Volvos, as the Volvo P1800 Cyan has been designed and engineered by the team behind the world title winning Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 race car. The two cars also share DNA through the 2-litre turbo engine.
”Our company was founded in 1996 to race Volvos and when we won our and Volvo’s first World Title - we felt it was a good time to reconnect with the past and to honour those before us racing Volvos,” said Christian Dahl, founder and owner of Cyan Racing.
“The Volvo P1800 is a sports car from a very special time in the automotive history when some of the most iconic sports cars were born. While many of the cars from the era, such as the Shelby Cobra, the E-type and the 911 developed into legendary sports and race cars, the P1800 never went the whole way. We have played with the idea about what could have been if we had been there racing Volvos in the sixties.”
The feel of the sixties with contemporary performance
The Volvo P1800 Cyan was unveiled late 2020, as the latest road car from Cyan Racing. The car was praised by the media and named “2020 Restomod of the Year” by Top Gear.
“We have built road going versions of our race cars before such as the Volvo C30 Polestar, the Volvo S60 Polestar and most recently the Lynk & Co 03 Cyan. While two of these have claimed Nürburgring records, we decided to not aim for lap times this time. Instead, we have tried to capture that pure analogue driving experience you would want to remember from the sixties - yet filtered through an engineering time machine. This as cars from the sixties are not always that enjoyable to drive as you would want to remember them,” said Mattias Evensson, head of engineering at Cyan Racing.
“The Volvo P1800 Cyan is a combination of delicate design modifications and advanced engineering. This including a vastly modified and reinforced chassis with bespoke independent suspension, a carbon fibre body and a power train designed to combine the linear and mechanical feel from the sixties with a more contemporary precision and performance.”
Built to client preferences
The Volvo P1800 Cyan exhibited at Bernina Gran Turismo carries Cyan Racing’s signature blue and yellow racing colours to mark the company’s Swedish motorsport heritage. This car is specified with a performance inclined chassis setting and power train.
Alternative specifications include settings for a more relaxed driving experience, for example when heading to your favourite barista.
Clients commissioning Cyan to build their car have a wide array of opportunities to specify the car to their preferences including colours, interior materials, chassis settings, engine configuration and more.
Order books are open, and the first client cars are in production.
Demonstration runs by World Champion Thed Björk
Thed Björk - who claimed the 2017 World Title and is currently racing for Cyan Racing in the FIA World Touring Car Cup - will perform demonstration runs during the Bernina Gran Turismo event on the Saturday and Sunday.
Cyan Racing, formerly known as Polestar
Cyan Racing was founded in 1996 and was originally named Polestar until Volvo Cars acquired its performance car business and trademark in 2015. Cyan Racing is privately owned and operated.
The team has claimed the last four touring car World Titles, most recently the 2020 WTCR drivers' and teams' titles with Lynk & Co. It also created the Polestar Performance brand and products line such as the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar, including the concept models Volvo C30 and S60 Polestar Concept Prototype.
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