Volvo Beat A 'Ring Lap Record But Kept It Secret For A Year

When a car manufacturer's latest performance vehicle beats a lap record at the Nurburgring, you usually don't hear the end of it, but Volvo kept its Polestar's achievement quiet for 12 months...
Volvo Beat A 'Ring Lap Record But Kept It Secret For A Year

We all know what happens at the Nurburgring. A manufacturer borrows the old North Loop circuit for a day or two, smashes out a record-breaking lap time and throws out a florid press release about it.

But not so with Volvo. In understated style typical of the Swedes, Volvo took a lap record with the S60 Polestar and then didn’t tell anyone about it. For an entire year.

Volvo Beat A 'Ring Lap Record But Kept It Secret For A Year

After finishing the 2016 Nurburgring round of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the Polestar Cyan Racing team elected to stay in Germany for a few extra days. It conducted a secret test of its road and race cars, essentially for no better reason than to see how fast they could go on the demanding Nordschleife.

Unexpectedly, the team recorded a 7’51.110 time for the S60 Polestar, beating the fastest time set by a road legal, production four-door car at the time.

So why did it keep quiet? Volvo says that the test revealed important information that it then incorporated into both its racing cars and the Polestar road cars. It’s only safe to let the secret out now, as the WTCC returns to the ‘Ring for 2017.

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And this news come out on the exact day the WTCC starts testing/practicing for the Nordshleife race this weekend…

05/25/2017 - 12:47 |
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Too bad I don’t have any Volvo dealers here in town….

05/25/2017 - 12:48 |
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Volvo:I will reveal the lap record,so the sales get higher on the polestar
Inside Volvo:Don’t do it….Just for fun!

05/25/2017 - 12:49 |
85 | 0

Record breaking tanks…

When World War 3 starts, make sure that you are with the Swedes!

05/25/2017 - 12:58 |
19 | 1

I will take 5

05/25/2017 - 13:13 |
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Agustín J. Ruatta

That polestar blue is so striking :D

05/25/2017 - 13:18 |
23 | 0

The new best tank in “World of Tanks”

05/25/2017 - 13:23 |
9 | 1
Fillmore (sleeperpooper)

Even my best friend can’t keep my secrets that long

05/25/2017 - 13:40 |
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BoostAddict 1

New favourite new 4 door.

05/25/2017 - 14:11 |
1 | 1

They forgot on their desk and found it a year after

05/25/2017 - 15:07 |
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