Cyan Racing has been putting their tasty Volvo P1800 through its paces near the frozen lakes and snow-covered roads of Åre in northern Sweden…
You may remember the stylish Cyan Volvo P1800 being unveiled last year with a queue of scribblers dishing out rave reviews after being lucky enough to get behind the wheel – not that we’re jealous of course.
Cyan Racing chief engineer Mattias Evensson and his crew decided it was time to stretch its Swedish legs under more challenging conditions as the team travelled 1000 kilometres north of the Cyan Racing headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, to the frozen lakes and snow drenched roads of Åre, Mattias Evensson’s hometown.
Sideways in Scandanavia
The baltic location provided the team with the right conditions to explore the characteristics and extreme limits of their machine, throwing the car sideways between the snow walls in -20 degrees Celsius.
Mattias Evensson Volvo P1800 Cyan Project Manager and Head of Engineering at Cyan Racing:
“The Volvo P1800 Cyan is our way for us to combine the best from the past and today, moving away from the power, weight and performance figures of contemporary performance cars. What really struck me from this expedition was that the car is so easy to drive and that you do not need to provoke it to get it where you want. All of the properties that we have tried to achieve were almost amplified by driving it on the low grip of snow and ice.
“The basic concept of the car seems to work really well, it does not matter that much if you are on a bone-dry racing circuit, a wet and twisty country road or on the crisp ice here in northern Sweden. You still feel confident and in control.
“I would say this concept has somewhat been lost along the way for the performance cars of today. For us, this is returning back to basics.
“Our aim has been to make a car with a sound base design that leaves it to you as the driver to explore the limits, rather than leaning on electronic driver aids to control the power and weight as with most modern performance cars.
“And it’s all connected with the engine response, the chassis balance and the low weight, making the car playful and rewarding.”
The Volvo P1800 weighing at less than 1000kg, featuring no driver aids apart from studded tyres, a dog-leg manual gearbox and using the same engine as used in the world title-winning Volvo S60 TC1 race car, producing 420 horsepower and 455Nm of torque was said to “perform well” while increasing power all the way to the redline.
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Images courtesy Cyan Racing.