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Volvo P1800 Cyan: Re-imagining an icon

Cyan Racing, the racing outfit created to compete with Volvos in the 1990s in Touring Cars has reimagined the iconic P1800, a Volvo sports car from the 1960s. First revealed in 1960, the P1800 was never continued and Christian Dahl, CEO and Founder of Cyan Racing wanted to change that.

“That left us with inspiration to create what could have been if we as a race team had been there during the sixties, racing the P1800, and got to design a road version of our race car.”

The design of the vehicle was to remain true to the iconic car, with all of Cyan’s expertise put towards the engine, aero and chassis design. It has been refined and reinforced with carbon fibre for structure components that are joined to high strength steel. This helped the team to keep the weight down to 990kg.

It is as raw of an experience as it would have been in the 60s, there are no driver aids whatsoever and the engine is the four-cylinder, turbocharged two-litre engine out of the World Title winning Volvo S60 TC1 race car, with 420hp and a redline of 7,700 rpm.

That race engine is paired to a bespoke five-speed Holinger gearbox that will carry the mechanical feeling of the original, but more precise and able to hand the increased torque. The original live rear axle has been replaced with a Cyan designed independent rear suspension and to help put that added power to the road, the tem have put in a torque-biasing limited slip differential.

The suspension is fully adjustable with custom aluminium uprights, double wishbones, two-way adjustable dampers with Cyan hydraulics. Prices and bespoke specifications haven’t been revealed as of yet, but it will be interesting see another reinterpretation of a great vehicle on the road.

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