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The Volvo P1800 Cyan is the result of thousands of engineering and design hours spent on how a retro race car can be like when combined with modern technology.

08 Nov 2020 | International News : Sweden



The Volvo P1800 Cyan is the result of thousands of engineering and design hours, creating a car that represents Cyan Racing's philosophy of how a sports car from the sixties merged with modern day performance should be. The car has been engineered by the same team that created Volvo's first-ever world title winning race car.

The first images of the Volvo P1800 interior, engine bay and suspension have just been released. The interior is, just like the exterior of the car, a delicate interpretation of the original Volvo P1800 of the sixties, and it features a leather clad titanium roll hoop, racing seats, racing harnesses and bespoke digital instruments with a clear link to its original design.

Two-way adjustable dampers, independent rear suspension and upgraded control arms are among the handling upgrades done to the P1800
"We have focused on creating an interior that reflects the car decor of the sixties in a modern version. We have kept the clean and driver-oriented interior of the original car, carefully moving it forward with modern materials and technology," said Ola Granlund, Head of Design at Cyan Racing.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine is based on the same engine as used in the world title-winning Volvo S60 TC1 race car, producing 414bhp and 455Nm of torque. The engine has been re-engineered by Cyan regarding how it delivers power and its physical appearance, keeping a clean design for a clear link with its original, in combination with a contemporary performance level.

"The engine is designed for high revs, with the torque intuitively linear to the pedal. We have learnt from racing where the drivers want perfect control of the torque, increasing precision and driving pleasure at the same time," said Mattias Evensson, Project Manager and Head of Engineering at Cyan Racing.

With 362mm discs at the front and 330mm at the rear, the P1800 guarantees superb braking performance
"Another area of attention is the design of the engine and the engine bay. We have made an effort to highlight the light and nimble Volvo engine, liberated from all elements of modern engines, with clear ties to the original Volvo P1800 of the sixties," he added. 

The chassis is fully re-engineered by Cyan with the purpose of delivering an unfiltered driving experience reminiscent of the sixties, but with modern day performance.

"As with most cars from the past, they tend to be less rewarding to drive then we might want to remember them", said Evensson. "We have designed a completely new chassis for the Volvo P1800 Cyan that keeps the analogue direct unfiltered connection with the road, but with much more control and predictiveness."

The interior features a leather clad roll hoop, racing seats and harnesses, and bespoke digital instruments harking back to its original design
The chassis features rack and pinion steering, replacing the original Volvo P1800 steering box, bespoke lightweight aluminium uprights, double wishbones, two-way adjustable dampers with Cyan hydraulics and an independent rear suspension.

"It was of course a challenge to fuse our new technology with the constraints of the sixties base car. The end result is however a car that at a first glance is a P1800 with a wider track, but when you start driving, it delivers at a completely different level," continues Evensson.

"The suspension is fully adjustable and can be set up to whichever way the customer wants, be it a more track-focused car, or a one that will be predominantly used for enjoying your favourite canyon roads, or for just visiting your local barista," he adds.

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