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Volvo will use technology from the environmentally optimised C30 1.6 DRIVe in its bid for outright victory in the 2009 Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC).
The efficiency of the current bio-ethanol (E85) fuelled C30 STCC 'Green Racer' will be further enhanced by the aerodynamic solutions developed for the diesel-powered C30 DRIVe, the first model to be launched under Volvo's aggressive roadmap for reducing C02 emissions.
The race cars' flat under-body panels, diffuser and rear wing have been taken straight off the C30 DRIVe production line.
Traditionally, manufacturers use technical solutions developed for their race cars to improve production cars. Volvo Cars is reversing the process by using technical know-how from the C30 DRIVe model to improve the aerodynamics of its 2009 STCC race cars.
"Choosing the Volvo C30 model as the base for a new "green" race car makes sense," says Derek Crabb, director of motorsport at Volvo Cars. "Our C30 is the best at showing Volvo Cars' environmental technologies to the market with models like the new diesel-powered C30 1.6 DRIVe Start/Stop with a fuel consumption of 3.9 litres per 100 kilometres. The corresponding CO2 emission is 104 grams per kilometre," he added.
While development of the vehicle is still ongoing, first impressions have been positive.
"We have tested the cars quite a lot in Spain this past winter. My team-mate Rustad and I are both very impressed by the fact that the team has been able to take parts straight from the C30 DRIVe production line and install them on the race car, and immediately see huge improvements in speed," says Volvo driver Robert Dahlgren.
Volvo Cars and its racing team, Polestar, have set their target - to be a winner in motorsport with modern green technologies.
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