For Dahlgren, this was familiar territory. Not only is he a native of Sweden, he also helped deliver the S60 Polestar and some previous hot Volvos. For McLaughlin, who last month drove an S60 Polestar race car to victory in V8 Supercars, the experience was very new.
After the frozen lake stint, both drivers headed to Volvo’s headquarters in Gothenburg where they were able to check out the automaker’s main factory and wind tunnel test facilities as well as the Polestar skunk works.
For Volvo fans back in the U.S., the first S60 Polestar models and the V60 wagon variant is due in showrooms in June. Only 120 examples are pegged for the U.S. market, which means availability will be tight. The cars feature a 345-horsepower turbo six paired with a six-speed, paddle-shifted automatic and a Polestar-developed all-wheel-drive system. They also get Öhlins shocks, Brembo brakes, and unique paint schemes.