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.
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 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.