Cyan Racing's stunning restomod was built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Volvo P1800.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the P1800 sports car, Volvo teamed up with three-time World Touring Car Champions Cyan Racing to create the stunning P1800 Cyan restomod. Despite its retro-inspired styling, this is a modern interpretation of the old P1800 with a completely new chassis with rack-and-pinion-steering replacing the original steering box and fully adjustable suspension featuring double wishbones and a limited-slip differential.
Thanks to the use of lightweight carbon fiber and high-strength steel, the P1800 Cyan weighs just 2,183 pounds, so it should drive like a dream. To put this to the test, Cyan Racing took the P1800 Cyan on a trip to northern Sweden to see what it can do in the snow.
Cyan Racing traveled around 620 miles north of its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, to play in the frozen lakes and snow-drenched roads of Are, the hometown of Cyan Racing chief engineer Mattias Evensson, where the temperature dropped to -4 Fahrenheit. Cyan Racing says these challenging conditions were ideal to "explore the characteristics and limits" of the P1800 Cyan, but it's all just an excuse to have some fun throwing the car sideways in the snow.
"What really struck me from this expedition was that the car is so easy to drive and that you do not need to provoke it to get it where you want," said Evensson. "All of the properties that we have tried to achieve were almost amplified by driving it on the low grip of snow and ice."
"The basic concept of the car seems to work really well, it does not matter that much if you are on a bone-dry racing circuit, a wet and twisty country road, or on the crisp ice here in northern Sweden. You still feel confident and in control. I would say this concept has somewhat been lost along the way for the performance cars of today. For us, this is returning back to basics."
That sweet sound you can hear at the start of the video is P1800 Cyan's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine taken from the Volvo S60 TC1 touring car, producing 420 horsepower and 335 lb-ft torque. Production of the P1800 Cyan is limited, with each example costing around$500,000.