Polestar 1 aces its first crash test

Polestar continues Volvo's reputation for building super safe cars

1y ago

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Volvo is probably THE safe car brand, for years the Swedish carmaker held a reputation for producing some of the safest cars on the market, this tradition seems continues with its new performance sub-brand Polestar and its first car the Polestar 1.

Polestar 1 body panels are made entirely out of carbon fibre, a first for any of Volvo group cars. This put even more pressure on the outcome of the test as carbon fibre acts very differently to metal which upon impact bends and crumples to absorb the energy, instead it absorbs the energy by cracking and shattering.

“We were really excited about this crash test. The first crash test of Polestar 1 has been about exploring the unknown,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer at Polestar “This was a crucial proof point in the development of Polestar 1; we had to know that the ideas and calculations that have gone into building this car were right – and they were.”

And you can see all that in glorious 1000 frames per seconds slow-motion video below.

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As you can see in the video the car was propelled at a 'stationary object' or simply a wall at the speed of 56km/h (35mph), in the impact the crash structure absorbed most of the damage leaving the underlying body structure safe and intact.

Zef van der Putten, responsible for carbon fibre at Polestar said “The outcome of this first crash test validates the decision to build the body of Polestar 1 in carbon fibre. It also confirms that carbon fibre supports the highest safety standards. This is an example of how Polestar spearheads the development of new technology in the Volvo Car Group.”

Polestar 1 at the 2018 Goodwood

Polestar 1 at the 2018 Goodwood

Polestar 1 is 600 horsepower petrol-electric hybrid, using 3 electric engines combined with a twin charged-inline 4 engine, which results in a gargantuan 1000nm of torque. The coupe will hit the dealerships in 2019, prepare £135,000 if you are in the market for one.

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Comments (12)

  • I really like the Polestar 1. It mirrors the classic Volvo P1800 so beautifully I think. I just wish it had a 5 cilinder engine instead of a 4 pot so that it would have some extra allure over it being a special car.

      1 year ago
    • I do miss the 5 pots, but the 4 pot is both turbo and supercharged, not to mention the 3 electric motors. I think thats very much new age 'special'

        1 year ago
  • Presumably the shattering is okay.

      1 year ago
  • I'll tell you what it needs.. It needs two additional cylinders, a 6 speed manual transmission and normal buttons for the interior.

      1 year ago
    • 2 cylinders? For 135K I’d expect 8 more.

        1 year ago
    • Uh... See part of me is inclined to agree, I love analogue cars but sadly that's not really where the future is it's also not what this car is meant to be.

      For starters it's a 4 seater coupe making it more of a GT than a true sports car in the first...

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        1 year ago
  • Man i love that thing. Still, i keep wishing for it to have 4 doors. It wouldn't look any worse. It actually looks like it already has them, and cutting down to two was an afterthought

      1 year ago
  • Looks like it held up alot better than my old Clio would!

      1 year ago
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