Polestar continues testing the pre-production 1 hybrid coupe, more than a year after it was officially shown to the world.
The coupe is in the ‘Driver Experience’ phase, according to Volvo’s performance brand. This means that test drivers and engineers are working together to make the final adjustments. In this case, they revolve around the steering responsiveness and software that controls the torque vectoring.
As for the selected environment, it left the 45° banked roads of the High Speed Track behind, as the Polestar 1 was set loose on country roads. The rain-soaked asphalt proved to be no match for the hybrid coupe, which hit speeds in excess of 124 mph (200 km/h), a necessary asset “to determine just how responsive and predictable it is”, noted the company.
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“Whenever you drive Polestar 1, you should immediately feel like you are in control, and that the car is ready to respond to your input, no matter what you want to do”, said Polestar’s chief test driver, Joakim Rydholm. “This is a GT that needs to be easy to drive and comfortable in everyday use, with its smooth and quiet hybrid drivetrain – but also ready to deliver its thrilling 600 PS (592 hp / 441 kW) and 1,000 Nm (738 lb-ft) whenever the driver wants it.”
Early next year, Polestar will unleash the first prototypes made in their Chinese facility, located in Chengdu, which is to be completed soon. This will mark the final stage of prototype testing, before pre-production cars will be assembled to final specification.