Volvo To Join Australian V8 Supercars Championship From 2014
Volvo officially confirmed its intention to enter the Australian V8 Supercars Championship from next season with a specially prepared S60 race car. Volvo has been trying harder recently to get its motorsport groove back, but the main purpose of this campaign is to promote the S60 model line and the Volvo brand in Australia.
The Swedish car maker is not a stranger with Australia’s famous motorsport. They have even won the Bathurst 1000 race once fifteen years ago. The main force behind this effort is, of course, Polestar, who has teamed up with V8 Supercars team Garry Rogers Motorsport, and together they formed the Volvo Polestar Racing Australia.
Polestar has a vast experience in touring car racing, with the latest accomplishment being a record 1-2-3-4 win in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. They will be responsible for producing the V8 engine that will goes into the S60 racing car, and will also help Garry Rogers Motorsport in the development of the car.
“I’m delighted to announce Volvos return to motorsport in Australia. Volvo has a rich motorsport heritage in this country, including winning Australia’s most famous race, the Bathurst 1000, 15 years ago this coming October. As the first luxury car brand to enter an official factory team in the V8 Supercars Championship, we’re determined to add to this heritage, while strengthening the presence of the S60 model line and the Volvo brand here in Australia,” said Matt Braid, Volvo Car Australia Managing Director.