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Volvo Set A Record At the Nurburgring, Doesn't Tell Anyone About It For A Year

Most automakers are quick to tout they have broken a record on the Nurburgring as they know it will give them a brief moment in the spotlight. But not Volvo.
Posted: May 25, 2017 - 3:02PM
Author: Will Maley

Last year, Volvo's racing partner Cyan Racing stuck around after the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) round there to do some '"secret testing" to see if they could squeeze out more performance from the production S60 Polestar and race car variant. The end result was breaking the four-door sedan record with a time of 7:51.110.

But why didn't Volvo immediately get out there on social media proclaiming this achievement? Because this testing was going towards the development of both race and street variants, Volvo thought it was important to keep quiet for a time. It should be noted Volvo made this announcement before this year's WTCC round at the Nurburgring. Also, there is no official, third-party confirmation for this time and Volvo doesn't say whether it was a full lap or just bridge-to-gantry.

This record would be broken by both the Porsche Panamera Turbo (7:38) and Alfa Romeo Giulia (7:32).

But to us, the time set by the S60 Polestar is very impressive when you take in account that it only has 362 horsepower from a twin-charged 2.0L four-cylinder. It goes to prove that you don't always need power to go fast, a capable chassis does help.

Pic Credit: Volvo