The Volvo P1800 lives once again in a 413 hp heavenly racing continuity model

  • The Volvo P1800 Coupe is back in the 1960s as a Restomode by Cyan Racing.
  • The Cyan P1800 will get a 413-hp version of the Volvo four-cylinder turbo engine used in the World Touring Car Championship.
  • A small number will be built, although how many – and at what price – has not been announced.

    When the news broke that Cyan Racing, the Swedish WTCC team formerly called Polestar, had created a restomod version of the beloved Volvo P1800 coupe in the 1960s, the first thing we thought was that it would definitely be electric. Although Cyan Racing is now a separate organization, Polestar has become an in-house division of Volvo electric cars and high-performance PHEVs. Ionization also seemed in keeping with the old spirit of earlier classic electric conversions, including conversions from both Jaguar and Aston Martin.

    However it is not. Instead, the Cyan P1800 was given an implanted version of the Volvo’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that the team used in multiple WTCC Championships. Nor is it just an attention-grabbing concept. Cyan confirms that it plans to produce a limited number of cars for wealthy customers.

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    Still high on the list of iconic Swedish cars is the original P1800, launched in 1960 with its winning combination of Italian design and the dependable mechanical components of the regular 122 sedan. It is best remembered now as the favorite car of Roger Moore’s elegant former spy on Bond TV, Simon Templar, in the Saint-Also, for example, the late New York native Irv Gordon drove more than 3.2 million miles, which is defined as the world record mileage for any car owned by a single owner.

    The Cyan’s turnaround now has added some serious performance to proven reliability and style with a turbo engine tuned to deliver 413 horsepower and 7,700 rpm. The team says it has also considered using a modified version of the original engine as well as the five- and six-in-line engines Volvo used to install them transversely in its front-wheel-drive models. The 2.0-liter unit, based on the same engine architecture still used by Volvo, was chosen for its combination of discipline and low mass – something that helped the heavenly P1800 have a claimed weight of just 2,182 pounds.

    Celestial Racing Volvo p1800

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    Reaching this number also requires major changes to the bodywork, including the use of both high-strength steel and carbon fibres. The last material is used to add structural strength by adhesive bonding to the chassis of the vehicle. Strength and safety are increased with a titanium roll cage. Cyan is low and wide due to its significantly widened track within the extended wheel arches; The front arches eliminate the wide chrome strips that were one of the original car’s most obvious design features. The suspension is completely independent—the original P1800 had a solid axle at the rear—and wheel angles, camber, and toes can be changed. Motorsports grade dampers feature adjustable shock and rebound settings. The brakes use front and rear four-piston calipers, and 18-inch forged alloy wheels mated to front and rear Pirelli P Zero tires.

    Celestial Racing Volvo p1800

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    One surprising omission: none of the active safety systems Volvo puts in all of its most modern cars. The P1800 Cyan runs without traction or stability control and doesn’t even get ABS or even the brake booster. It also uses a fast copy of the original car’s five-speed manual gearbox, which promises a completely representative driving experience. Unlike a modern Volvo, you also won’t get a 112mph speed limiter, and while the Cyan hasn’t released any performance numbers, the fact that it has a power-to-weight ratio similar to that of the Ferrari 458 makes us confident it won’t feel slow, though. Make sure that fun is the main point.

    Celestial Test Driver and one-time WTCC Champion Ted Bjork was quoted as saying: “The car’s settings are not meant for fast lap times but rather to provide a fun and exciting driving experience. I feel my smile widen every time I control the car’s corner drift through a long bend.” It sounds even better if you read it in Swedish.

    There is also no information on pricing, availability or street legality, but potential customers are welcome to reach out to Cyan to discuss such matters in greater depth.

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