Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Polestar 1 Will Charge The Goodwood Hill Climb Next Month

It's also the first time we'll see the gorgeous coupe in action.

Up until now we’ve only seen the Polestar 1 at a standstill. That’s about to change next month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. That gorgeous hybrid coupe, specifically prototype #004, will charge its way up the famous hill climb with Polestar chief test driver Joakim Rydholm at the helm as its global debut continues. Following its appearance and performance debut at the UK event, the Polestar 1 will make its way to the US in time for Monterey Car Week in California, aka Pebble Beach, from August 23 to 26.

We’ve seen the Polestar 1 in the flesh at Geneva and it’s about time we finally witnessed it in motion. This will also be an opportunity to simply see its real-world performance and other capabilities, such as its chassis and suspension-tuning program. “I am really excited to drive the Polestar 1 prototype up the hill at Goodwood,” said Rydholm. “Driving the hill climb has been a long-time ambition for me, and to be able to do it in the same prototype in which we’ve spent so many months of development time, is truly special.” Polestar, if you recall, is now a standalone brand instead of Volvo’s performance division. The Polestar 1 is currently limited to just 500 examples per year beginning in 2020.

A total of only 1,500 units are planned, though it’s possible this figure will be increased. Pre-orders are already underway and the response has been excellent with over 7,000 interested potential buyers. To make sure those potential owners are serious, a refundable $2,500 deposit is required towards the $155,000 sticker price. Aside from being the first Polestar production model, the very appropriately named Polestar 1 is a technological showcase with its hybrid powertrain producing 600 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque. It also has an all-electric range of 93 miles. Future Polestar models will be all-electric. The Polestar 1's performance debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed will take place from July 12 to 15.

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