The Volvo P1800 Cyan is a 420hp continuation masterpiece
Here to redeem 2020? I think so...
For those who read my frequently articles (thankyou 😀), you might have remembered that I have written an article about a mysterious Volvo P1800 covered in full camouflage a few weeks ago. No one knew what it was for, and no one has acknowledged the existence of that prototype. But things are a bit different today. Look what Volvo has just pulled out the bag at a time when people least expect them to. This is the Volvo P1800 Cyan.
Although Geely's motorsport arm, Cyan, has now moved onto Lynk & Co cars for the recent racing programs, for the past decade it was Volvo who has represented the team. Now, Cyan is taking their years of expertise to apply the same knowledge and expertise to the iconic Volvo P1800.
Essentially a continuation model or an official restomod, whichever way you call it, this P1800 has been extensively reworked and tweaked from the original car, everything from the chassis to the engine, therefore it now weighs in at 990kg (2,183lbs), a 150kg weight loss compared to the original since the body panels are crafted from carbon fiber. Engine wise, it has been directly lifted from the 2017 Volvo S60 TC1 racecar, bearing a turbo 4 cylinder to pack 414hp and 456Nm (336lb-ft) of torque. In a car that tips the scales at 990kg! To keep the naturally aspirated feel of the car whilst in motion, Cyan has tuned the engine to provide a more linear power delivery, and peak power and torque must be achieved through the higher rev range, topping out at 7,700 rpm. Thankfully, the beautiful exterior has not been fiddled with too much, apart from that unmistakable cyan paintjob obviously.
Power is sent through the rear wheels with a limited-slip differential and a custom-made Holinger 5-speed manual that they claim has the identical "mechanical feel" to the original gearbox, only with modern durability and precision. Larger, forged 18" wheels are present to house in the 4 piston calipers from AP Racing, because that power:weight, that is comparable to a Ferrari 458 Speciale, really can blast the car to illegal speeds in blink of an eye (official 0-60 and top speed has not been announced at the time of writing yet), and what about all those modern driving aids such as stability control, ABS, traction control you ask? Well it seems like they have forgotten to put it into this car...
The P1800 would have have turned out with a similar result back in the 1960s if Volvo had a racing team then (with 2020 technology), says Cyan. And why not an electric powertrain? Well the Cyan CEO Christian Dahl simply states "that was not what we wanted”. "Amid this paradigm shift we decided to slow down time and freeze a part of it in our own time capsule. To take the best from the golden sixties and combine it with our capabilities of today, keeping a pure yet refined driving experience", and it sure will have a refined driving experience with its almost perfectly balanced, but a little sideways-friendly 47:53 weight distribution.
All seems jolly and great right? A perfect power to weight ratio, with an excellent wright distribution, a fantastic high revving touring car engine and technology with a touch of old school operability and all within a beautiful, iconic body. What else can go bad?
Well, depending on your financial situation, pricing starts at £379,000/$504,000/€426,000 and production is set to be extremely limited. Yeah, not exactly cheap, but is it worth it? I'll let you decide...
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