The Polestar 1 is set to make its first dynamic appearance at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed from 12-15 July. Festivalgoers will see prototype #004 of the two-door electric performance hybrid charge up the famous hill climb, set in the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex.
Driven by Polestar chief test driver Joakim Rydholm, the drive is part of the continued global launch of the Polestar brand and the Polestar 1. It's an opportunity for enthusiasts and the public to get a closer look at the design and performance of the car as it continues its real-world performance, chassis and suspension-testing programme.
"I am really excited to drive the Polestar 1 prototype up the hill at Goodwood," enthuses Joakim Rydholm. "Driving the hill climb has been a long-time ambition for me, and to be able to do it in the same prototype in which we've spent so many months of development time is truly special."
Polestar will also be present in the manufacturer area. In contrast to the camouflaged prototype, two production-specification Polestar 1 cars will be on display, representing yet another opportunity to experience the car in detail ahead of the first customer deliveries in mid-2019.
Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar, comments: "I'm thrilled that we're going to be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – it's everything a big car event should be: full of passion, enthusiasm and a chance to get really close to the cars. The response to the Polestar 1 from the UK and northern Europe has been fantastic, and we see this event as a vital part of our continued 'global handshake' with enthusiasts and our customers around the world. It's a wonderful opportunity to meet so many people who share our passion for Polestar and the future of the brand."
Following the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Polestar 1 will make its North American debut at Monterey Car Week in California from 23-26 August.
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Polestar is the new electric performance brand from the Volvo Car Group. Polestar will enjoy specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefit from significant economies of scale as a result of its connection to Volvo Cars. These synergies enable the design, development and production of separately branded, high-performance electrified cars.
Polestar begins this new era with the Polestar 1 – a low-volume electric performance hybrid GT coupé with 600hp, 1000Nm and an electric-only range of 150km, the longest of any hybrid car in the world. In the future, the Polestar 2 and Polestar 3 will join the portfolio as full battery-electric, higher-volume, driver-focused vehicles.
Under the Polestar Engineered brand, Polestar builds the S60 and V60 Polestar – 367hp performance road cars with more than 250 developments over and above the standard Volvo products. It also offers Polestar Engineered performance hardware upgrades and engine software optimisations for existing Volvo products.