It’s mean and green but Heico Sportiv’s latest creation, based on the new Volvo V40 sport wagon launched at Geneva, has not only been designed to compete on the touring car circuit, it’s also a showcase for the firm’s aftermarket parts business.
With saving energy currently a hot topic, the souped V40 gets motivation by a 2.0-liter five-cylinder turbo diesel, tuned to deliver 300 horsepower (the factory version is rated at a maximum 177 hp) and run on biofuel (which it will be using exclusively when the car makes its debut at the 2013 running of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring). The green and white paint scheme (which mimics the factory Volvo team cars), was also chosen as a nod to the car’s “green” powertrain.
The H-S V40 sports a carbon finer body kit with a deeper front spoiler, competition style rear wing and prominent fender flares designed to accommodate the race rolling stock. In addition, it also features a performance exhaust system, lowered and stiffened suspension and upgraded brakes.
Heico Sportiv says that in many ways, the equipment on this car mirrors what will shortly be available for street V40s, including a slightly tamer version of the body kit (minus the aggressive fender flares).
Although the V40 isn’t likely to come to the U.S., it will no doubt prove popular in Europe. And for those looking to get a little inspiration for enhancing theirs, the Heico Sportiv car will make it’s public debut at the Auto Mobil International show, in Leipzig, Germany, which ran from June 1 through 10.