Crash tests never get boring.
Production of the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid, the all-new brand’s first model, is due to get underway next year. Limited to only 500 examples per year, the Polestar 1 won’t be something you’ll see every day, making each and every one of them special. That’s why it kind of hurt to watch this first crash test of a Polestar 1. The Swedish carmaker, however, was quite excited for the event because the gorgeous coupe’s body is not composed of the typical steel, but rather carbon fiber.
Test engineers in Gothenburg, Sweden were anxious to see the ways which the carbon-fiber body reacted to the extreme forces involved in the impact, which saw the test car slammed into a stationary barrier at about 35 mph. That may not sound fast, but it’s fast enough.
As you can see in the video, most of the impact energy was absorbed by the car’s crash structure. Engineers were also curious to see how the underlying steel body structure, and carbon fiber ‘dragonfly’ which strengthens it, managed the crash forces. Impressively, the body structure remained rigid and showed no signs of bending or misalignment post-crash. All in all, it was a good crash test day. Obviously the prototype was built to be destroyed, but it ultimately did its job.
“The outcome of this first crash test validates the decision to build the body of Polestar 1 in carbon fiber,” said Zef van der Putten, head of carbon fiber at Polestar. “It also confirms that carbon fiber supports the highest safety standards. This is an example of how Polestar spearheads the development of new technology in the Volvo Car Group.”
The 2020 Polestar 1 will come powered by a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, which drives the front wheels. Two electric motors drive the rear wheels and it’s expected to have an all-electric range of 93 miles. All told, this hybrid powertrain will produce some 600 hp. This will be Polestar’s only hybrid or plug-in hybrid because beginning with the Polestar 2, all future vehicles will be purely electric.