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Let’s get this right out in the open: Why do the Swedes get all the fun? How awesome is this Volvo C30 “Performance Concept” prototype? It packs a 405 horsepower and 376 ft-lbs turbocharged 5-cylinder T5 motor (similar to the one used in the Ford Focus RS500), all-wheel-drive, front-and-rear limited slip differentials, Öhlins suspension components, Brembo brakes, and, yeah…you get the idea.
The body kit is similar to the one used on the — defending champion — Polestar Racing STCC (Swedish Touring Car Championship) C30 race car. Polestar Racing is the official partner of Volvo Cars in the STCC and is used to winning on the track. Polestar Performance Power Operations is an aftermarket line of upgrades sold through the Volvo dealer network — and it appears they’ve applied a bunch of their tricks here.
It’ll be unveiled in full at the Gothenburg Motorshow, held from April 22-25 2010.
Full specs (in slightly broken English) and a video of the heavenly-sounding Polestar Racing STCC Volvo C30 embedded after the jump!
Volvo has just unveiled its updated C30 race car, which is set to take part in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) series at the end of the month. No new specs have been released, but Volvo will say updates have bee made to the suspension and ethanol-powered 5-cylinder engine. Most obviously, the 2010 edition of the C30 race car gets updated aerodynamics to reflect the facelifted production car. And yes, for those who are keeping track, this marks two cool Volvo is a week – with the debut of the S60 Belgian Touring Car racer just a few days ago.
The previous model, which debuted back in 2007, was quoted by Volvo as making 288-hp at 8750 rpm and 169 ft-lbs of torque at 7300 rpm.
Volvo has been testing the car with motorsports partner Polestar in Gaudix, Spain (video below) and will be ready to begin the championship points hunt when the season kicks off April 24-25 in Jyllandsringen, Denmark.
GALLERY: Volvo C30 STCC
See the video after the jump: