The sleek Volvo P1800 was released a year before the Jaguar E-Type, two years before the Ferrari 250 GTO, three years before the legendary Porsche 911 and has now been thrust into the 21st century by Cyan Racing.
The end result is thousands of engineering and design hours and a car that represents Cyan Racing team’s philosophy of how the ‘Saint from the sixties‘ works in tactful synergy with modern-day performance.
The stunning Volvo P1800 Cyan has been engineered by the same team that created Volvo’s first-ever world title-winning race car leaving no stone unturned in their quest for style and power.
The first images of the Volvo P1800 Cyan interior, engine bay and suspension have now been released reflecting a delicate interpretation of the original sixties Volvo P1800. A tactfully reworked interior features leather-clad titanium roll hoop, racing seats, racing harnesses and bespoke digital instruments with a clear heritage link to its original design.
We have focused on creating an interior that reflects the car décor of the sixties in a modern version. We have kept the clean and driver-oriented interior of the original car, carefully moving it forward with modern materials and technology.
Engine & Spec
A powerful two-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine is based on the same engine as used in the world title-winning Volvo S60 TC1 race car, producing 420 horsepower and 455Nm of torque but has been re-engineered by Cyan regarding how it delivers power and its physical appearance, keeping a clean design for a clear link with its original, in combination with a contemporary performance level.
The chassis is fully re-engineered by the Cyan team with the purpose of delivering an unfiltered driving experience reminiscent of the sixties, but with modern-day performance.
Rack and pinion steering, replace the original and less responsive Volvo P1800 steering box, bespoke lightweight aluminium uprights, double wishbones, two-way adjustable dampers with Cyan hydraulics and an independent rear suspension.
The engine is designed for high revs, with the torque intuitively linear to the pedal. We have learnt from racing where the drivers want perfect control of the torque, increasing precision and driving pleasure at the same time.
Another area of attention is the design of the engine and the engine bay. We have made an effort to highlight the light and nimble VEA Volvo engine, liberated from all elements of modern engines, with clear ties to the original Volvo P1800 of the sixties. As with most cars from the past, they tend to be less rewarding to drive then we might want to remember them.
We have designed a completely new chassis for the Volvo P1800 Cyan that keeps the analogue direct unfiltered connection with the road, but with much more control and predictiveness.
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It was of course a challenge to fuse our new technology with the constraints of the sixties base car. The end result is however a car that at a first glance is a P1800 with a wider track, but when you start driving, it delivers at a completely different level.
The suspension is fully adjustable and can be set up to whichever way the customer wants, be it a more track-focused car, or a one that will be predominantly used for enjoying your favourite canyon roads, or for just visiting your local barista.