Volvo Cars is using technology from the environmentally optimised C30 DRIVe to try and win the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC)
In the 2007 STCC the Volvo Car Corporation let its race cars run on bioethanol fuel (E85), the first official brand in the world to do so.
Last year, a new race car based on the C30 model was developed, and this year Volvo Cars' focus on bioethanol and Green Racing continues.
"Choosing the Volvo C30 model as the base for a new "green" race car makes sense. Our C30 is the best at showing Volvo Cars' environmental technologies to the market with models like the new diesel-powered C30 1.6 DRIVe Start/Stop with a fuel consumption of 3.9 litres per 100 kilometres. The corresponding CO2 emission is 104 grams per kilometre", says Derek Crabb, director of Motorsport at Volvo Cars.
The Volvo C30 DRIVe has played a significant role in the development of the new race car. Usually car manufacturers use new technical solutions from their race cars to improve the production cars.
Volvo Cars is reversing that process by using many technical solutions from the C30 DRIVe model to make the race cars faster. The race cars' flat under-body panels, diffuser and rear wing have been taken straight from the C30 DRIVe. The aerodynamic solutions that make the diesel-powered C30 more fuel-efficient and therefore more environmentally suitable also proved to make the bio-ethanol C30 green racer faster.
"We have tested the cars quite a lot in Spain this past winter. My team-mate Rustad and I are both very impressed by the fact that the team has been able to take parts straight from the C30 DRIVe production line and install them on the race car, and immediately see huge improvements in speed," says Volvo driver Robert Dahlgren.
This year’s STCC starts this month and includes one round in Norway in the nine event schedule which runs until the end of September.