It's unlike any restomod project we've ever seen. We'll take 10!
Earlier this year, Volvo worked with three-time World Touring Car Champions, Cyan Racing, on a special project. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic P1800, Cyan Racing helped create the ultimate Swedish restomod. The Volvo P1800 Cyan is unlike any factory restoration we've seen recently. Volvo and Cyan previously shared pictures of the jaw-dropping exterior but has now revealed more details about the interior and what sits under the engine bay.
The P1800 Cyan uses an engine from the Volvo S60, but not just any S60. The two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine actually comes straight from a Touring Car world title-winning S60 TC1. It produces 420 horsepower and 335 lb-ft torque and revs to 7,700 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed bespoke Holinger gearbox.
"The engine is designed for high revs, with the torque intuitively linear to the pedal. We have learned 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. "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 VEA Volvo engine, liberated from all elements of modern engines, with clear ties to the original Volvo P1800 of the sixties."
Cyan Racing also shared the first images of the chassis and suspension. The car now uses rack and pinion steering instead of the original steering box, bespoke lightweight aluminum uprights, double wishbones, two-way adjustable dampers with Cyan hydraulics, and an independent rear suspension.
"We have designed a completely new chassis for the Volvo P1800 Cyan that keeps the analog direct unfiltered connection with the road, but with much more control and predictiveness. As with most cars from the past, they tend to be less rewarding to drive than we might want to remember them," Evensson explained. "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."
Like other factory restomod projects, the Cyan P1800 should drive like a vintage car that's been improved with modern components. "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 favorite canyon roads, or for just visiting your local barista," Evensson added.
Inside, the Cyan P1800 keeps its clear roots to the original while adding a modern racing element. The cabin features a leather-wrapped titanium roll hoop, racing seats, racing harnesses, and bespoke digital instruments that look reminiscent of the original design.
"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.
If you'd like to order one of these cars, Cyan Racing plans to build a very low number upon customer request for around $500,000 a pop.