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2010-04-08 07:27
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Volvo
Model S60 racer
Engine 3.5l V6
Power 300kW
Torque 412Nm
Transmission Six-speed
When you think 'racing', the Volvo badge does not automatically spring to mind. Curiously though, Volvo has a rather distinguished history of competing in European touring car racing.

Back in the 1990s the British Touring Car Championship was stunningly competitive. When Volvo pitched up with their 850 Estate to race, other competitors could hardly contain their mirth. It was all funny, until Volvo started winning.

S60 with attitude

Now the Swedish brand (soon to be acquired by Chinese manufacturer, Geely) is set to return to touring car racing. Set to debut this Saturday at the Zolder circuit is a S60 race car, contesting the Belgium Touring Car Series (BTCS).

Silhouetting the attractive S60 shape, the BTCS car is a very trick piece of kit. It features a tubular frame chassis and all-round independent suspension with three-way adjustable dampers per wheel.

Behind those 18-inch racing alloys hide 380mm brake rotors up front (they’re 355mm at the rear) actuated by six-pot callipers.

Rev-happy V6 power

Powering the Volvo S60 BTCS car is a mid-mounted 3.5l V6 producing 300kW of power and 412Nm of peak rotational force.

Drive is channelled to the rear axle via a six-speed sequential transmission. This drivetrain then, is very much not standard Volvo fare.

The BTCS is an endurance racing championship with six events consisting of two 90 minute heats.

Races are contested at some of Europe’s most illustrious (and daunting) tracks. These include Zolder, Dijon and of course, Spa-Francorchamps.


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