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Reigning World Challenge Champ K-PAX Racing Competing with New Volvo S60

The Volvo S60, which brands itself as "the Volvo with an attitude," is going to get some instant steed cred with the announcement that K-PAX Racing, the World Challenge GT Manufacturers' and Drivers' champion in 2010, will race the Swedish sedan as it defends its title.


The new all-wheel-drive Volvo S60s will be introduced at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, in late April for the fourth round of the World Challenge schedule. For the first three races of the year, the team will use its last-generation Volvo S60s to compete.

K-PAX racing is a relatively young team. It was formed in the fall of 2006 with 2007 as its first racing season. Driver Randy Pobst has been part of the team since its inception. In 2009, K-PAX moved from racing Porsches to the Volvo S60 AWD.

The 2011 World Challenge season begins with two races in St. Petersburg, Fla., the weekend of March 25-27. The World Challenge is North America's top production car-based racing series. Divided into three classes (World Challenge GT, World Challenge GTS, and World Challenge Touring Car), each race features a thrilling standing start, adrenaline-filled, door-to-door action and world-class drivers.

World Challenge features cars from the world's most popular manufacturers - race-prepped versions of the cars driven on the streets. Sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing, World Challenge races at North America's premier road and temporary street courses.

The Volvo S60 that K-PAX will be competing with in the World Challenge was redesigned for 2011. A new model is being offered for 2012 – the T5 version. The standard model is a T6 with all-wheel drive. The new S60 T5, propelled by a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, puts out 250 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque available at just 1,800 rpm. Coupled with its lighter weight as a front-drive model, the T5 is capable of 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.8 seconds, compared to 5.8 seconds for its more potent T6 sibling.

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