This 420-hp Volvo P1800 by Cyan racing is a carbon dream

A tremendous amount of power in a lightweight car

This restomod beauty is Cyan's take on a 1960s classic, the Volvo P1800, and it comes with an outstanding power-to-weight ratio, fully adjustable chassis and, well, it's painted cyan. It's built by Cyan Racing, a Swedish racing team that's won the WTCC 11 times, and inspired by the first world title-winning Volvo race car.

The original Volvo P1800 was unveiled in 1960, a lifetime ago in terms of driving experience, and Cyan decided to build a road racer that could capture the essence of the era while also feeling somewhat modern. They've built road versions of their race cars before, they've done it with the C30 and the S60, but this is obviously a bit different because it's in a different ballpark.

There are no driver aids, no stability control or even ABS, and even though the project started out with a 1964 P1800, the chassis was custom built by Cyan with a combo of steel and carbon fibre to keep the weight down and also to give car dynamic abilities that are more suitable for modern engines. The original live rear axle was replaced with a Cyan-designed independent rear suspension system with a Holinger diff and Cyan also fitted bigger 18-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres.

The Cyan P1800 only weighs 990 kg and it's powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, loosely based on the engine that powers the title-winning S60 TC1 race car, which produces 420 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the rear wheels only, because of course it is, courtesy of an old school 5-speed manual.

The cabin is relatively barren and features everything you need and nothing you don't. This is technically a road car but it's obviously designed for the track and for twisty mountain roads, which is the main reason why Cyan has also fitted a titanium roll cage.

Pricing is only available to prospective customers and to be honest I'm struggling to figure how much this will cost. On one hand, and I'm wearing my sensible shoes right now, I'd say ballpark around €100k but then again I wouldn't be at all surprised if they quoted half a mill or something.

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  • The work on the prototype is worth €100000 easy - I’m a giant fan of the P1800; My issue is I’m a giant fan. I couldn’t fit behind the wheel on the original or sit upright. I scrunched in the passenger seat the time I sat in a 1973 one. This really makes me miss my chocolate 1978 242GT too damn much.


      23 days ago
    • I wouldn't be at all surprised if they quoted half a mill to be honest

        23 days ago
    • They did. US$

      They wouldn’t even let me sniff the keys. But I like it.

      I have a friend who raced a 73. Took me for a ‘ride’ in it and didn’t hold back. I learn a lot about going fast that day. I always loved that car. He would make appearances in it....

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        23 days ago
  • Nice, but they're not going to give them away for free!

      22 days ago
  • i love this - retro looks with modern performance. trouble is, volvo will never sell this as a) it will be uneconomic / prohibitively expensive and b} 1960's crash protection will mean their legal bods will be too risk averse to let joe public loose in this.

    what we REALLY need is something that looks this cool, but with all the modern design/ crumple zones /airbags that are expected in 2020 mated to a modern elec drive train (think honda's EV sports concept) that could be sold in big numbers.

      18 days ago
  • One can go to your nearest scrapyard. Find one, then build it. Stick a T5 engine in it

      18 days ago
  • Oh man, this is one damn sexy car!

    This kind of high profile „resto-mod“ (feels a bit to weak of a name for this machine) is just the best thing in current car culture. You get the amazing styling from the 50‘s-70‘s and the performance of a modern venicle, i love them so much.

      22 days ago