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The Polestar 1 is a luxury hybrid sports car manufactured by Polestar, a subsidiary of Volvo, and developed in Sweden, with it being built in Chengdu, China.

Based on the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupé, it has been developed as Polestar's first production model as a car company, and being based on the Volvo SPA platform, means it can take advantage of Volvo's VEA engines.

It entered production in 2019, after first being shown in January 2017, and its first series of 500 units rolled off the production line in late-2019. Polestar expects to produce 600 units of the Polestar 1 a year, with an eventual transition towards production of the Polestar 2 and Polestar 3.

Its engine is a 2.0-litre inline-4 producing 362 bhp and 273 lb⋅ft of torque, it is equipped with both a turbocharger and a supercharger to make it a twin-charged engine. Two rear electric motors provide an additional 218 bhp and 354 lb⋅ft of torque, alongside an integrated starter generator adding an extra 46 bhp and 111 lb⋅ft of torque; all combined totalling to 626 bhp and 738 lb⋅ft of torque.

The front engine powers the front wheels and the rear electric motors power the rear wheels, with both being handled by an epicyclic gear train with a torque vectoring differential, resulting in the front wheels operating with an 8-speed transmission and the rear wheels utilising a single gear.

Overall, the upper body, bonnet, boot lid, and doors are made of a carbon fibre reinforced polymer, which keeps the body both light and rigid, and sing CFRP saves 230 kg compared to using steel. The design follows close to other Volvo models, specifically the S90, even including its 'Thor's Hammer' headlights.

Need for Speed: Heat

The Polestar 1 appears in Need for Speed: Heat following its appearance in the official reveal trailer, which was released on August 14, 2019.[2]

Stock

The stock Polestar 1 can be unlocked in Need for Speed: Heat.

Trivia

  • The Polestar 1 appears on the box art of Need for Speed: Heat.
  • A 1:43 scale model of the Polestar 1 featured on box art of Need for Speed: Heat is included with the game's Collector's Edition release.

Gallery

References

  1. Article: automobilemag.com (2019) Driven! The Polestar 1 Is What Every Plug-In Wants to Be When It Grows Up. Available at: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2020-polestar-1-prototype-first-drive-review/
  2. Video: Need for Speed (2019) Need for Speed™ Heat Official Reveal Trailer. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ewiJJe_nYI
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