Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath wants to get a bit of pepper in the ass in the fast, but brave Polestar 2. But before launching such a sports version directly on the market, he first shows the ‘experimental’ model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed to gauge the enthusiasm of the public. If there is sufficient demand for it, we suspect that there will be a possibility to take this Polestar 2 ‘Performance’ into production.
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More power, tighter suspension
This experimental Polestar 2 is based on the Long Range Dual Motor. As standard, it delivers 408 hp (300 kW) to the four wheels, this sports version goes up to 476 hp (350 kW). But the experiment doesn’t stop there, because the chassis was also examined.
Polestar 2 ‘Goodwood’ gets 21-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero Rosso tires in size 275/30 R21 and Akebono 6-piston brakes from Polestar 1. Suspension gets 80% stiffer front springs and 40% stiffer rear springs , while Öhlins’ adjustable DFV dampers give way to three-way sport dampers from the same supplier that are supposed to be 30% stiffer. These are combined with a carbon strut brace from the Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered, while the rear strut brace was custom made.
Tough body kit
The Polestar 2 ‘Goodwood’ also simply looks sportier thanks to its lower stance and thicker front and rear bumpers, while a center stripe in Magnesium Matte Gray contrasts with the Snow Matte white bodywork. The grille is painted in body color and the side mirrors are glossy black.
To prove the performance of this experimental Polestar 2, chassis engineer Joakim Rydholm will take the famous Goodwood hill climb several times with his new toy. “Polestar 2 is already a very dynamic car, we’ve put thousands of man-hours into fine-tuning its handling. But the new chassis setup for Goodwood takes it one step further. I can’t wait to take it up the hill!”