We're still not quite over the Volvo P1800 Cyan Racing

I want to sell my kidney(s), my house and live in this car

11w ago

A few months ago a Swedish team called Cyan Racing unveiled the spectacular P1800, a gorgeous restomod inspired by the original Volvo P1800 from the 1960s. An outstanding machine with an incredible power-to-weight ratio and built on a fully adjustable chassis. And it was painted cyan blue.

With no ADAS and no driver aids of any sort, not even ABS, the P1800 Cyan offers the ultimate analogue racing experience combining old school solutions with brand new technology. The chassis is custom made, built with steel and carbon fibre, the 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 Volvo/Cyan S60 TC1 race car, putting out 420 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the rear wheels only, obvi, courtesy of a 5-speed manual.

The interior is equally simple and driver-oriented, with 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.

Restomods are a bit controversial. Some love them while other people love to hate them and I believe the Cyan P1800 is proof that restomods work, when the people who build them know what they're doing.

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Comments (12)

  • I love how they did this, and I honestly don't care if people just restore (although I'm not a fan over over-restoring, aka "better than new", you know..) or restomod.

    Better a good restomod than a bad restoration, right? In this case I love what they did, it's just the wheels that I don't care about.

    I would have loved to see an alloy deep dish reinterpretation of the original steel wheels, these dark grey wheels are just... Off. Not subtle enough for this very elegant sixties body. IYKWIM...

    Having watched the videos, this is a petrolheads wet dream, 990Kg, 420Hp is insane, but having driven old cars it is that mechanical beast screaming and growling at you.

    No pussy assistance, just you and raw mechanics, something I sorely miss in every modern day car.

      2 months ago
  • Perfect

      2 months ago
  • This is what we need in today’s world. A beautiful classical Q car with the character new cars can only dream of. Slightly left field? Absolutely. So what?!

    I have a soft spot for this very uniquely Swedish car company I will admit. But this is one seriously awesome car.

    Now I just need to earn enough money to buy one.

      1 month ago
  • Beautiful! Both this and the alpha are amazing and it is so cool that they exist. But for $400k plus I’d have to go with a full nut and bolt resto nismo R32 GT-R but I am a JDM nerd. Still these are amazing and I love that manufactures are making fun drivers cars like this. Old cars are so much more fun and full of character then new cars

      2 months ago
  • They could have made it more affordable, classic cars are not about the price, they're about having the driver's and enthusiasts cars qualities. 300-400 HP, RWD, manual, short wheelbase, well balanced, and relatively light (there is no need for fancy carbon fiber material) that's all you need from these kind of cars and it shouldn't cost more than 30K-40K dollars. Those companies don't care about enthusiasts they only care about their pocket when they make half a million car. They definitely know that a person who have half a million for a unpractical car probably don't have enough time to even drive it let alone living it up to its potential.

      2 months ago
    • "think about the Aston 77. They'll only make 77, priced at £1m each. That's a £77m budget to design, develop and test a new car. That's nothing. VW probably spends 77 million pounds on stationery." I was blown away when I read this (probably...

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        2 months ago