Published on December 9th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Volvo unveils engine for maiden V8 racing season
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. Now the Volvo V8 race engine goes to Australia to compete in the V8 race series. Scott McLaughlin’s dream of driving for a factory-backed team is finally coming to life, with Volvo unveiling the engine it will use in its maiden V8 Supercars championship season.
The manufacturer is joining the category in 2014 as Volvo Polestar Racing, in partnership with existing outfit Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM). The team will race two of the brand’s S60 model sedans still under wraps steered by young gun McLaughlin and a second yet-to-be-confirmed driver.
“We are extremely happy to see Polestar enter this collaboration with Garry Rogers Motorsport for Volvo Car Australia.”
The Swedish team will produce the V8 engine and assist Garry Rogers Motorsport in the development of the V8 Supercars campaign. Volvo Car Australia and Polestar are investing significant capital and resources into Garry Rogers Motorsport, who will produce and race two V8 Supercars based on the production S60 road car.
Volvo Car Australia has a rich heritage of motorsport in Australia, having won the 1986 Australian Touring Car Championship in 1986 with Robbie Francevic in a Volvo 240T. This year marks 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.
Mark Skaife, Chairman, V8 Supercars Commission, said of the announcement: “We have stated on numerous occasions that the mass appeal of V8 Supercars at a domestic and global level would entice manufacturers from around the world. Volvo has a very proud heritage in motorsport in this country, dating back to the 1960s. Robbie Francevic won the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1986 in a Volvo 240T, breaking the stranglehold of the BMWs. His factory team-mate that year was John Bowe. People may also forget that two of Australia’s greatest ever drivers, Peter Brock and Jim Richards, were highly successful with Volvo. With Nissan and Mercedes-Benz AMG joining Ford and Holden on the grid this year, I am sure Volvo will become competitive very quickly, particularly under Garry’s leadership, in 2014.”