Reimagined Volvo uses carbon fibre bodywork
Engine from Volvo touring car makes 420 hp
Cyan Racing is giving us an even better look at the coolest Volvo ever made, and yes, that includes the touring car wagons of the 1990s. The Volvo P1800 Cyan that’s taken one of its classics and given it modern power, handling, and materials. This time we get to see some more of that interior, including the titanium roll hoop and the engine bay.
“We have focused on creating an interior that reflects the car décor 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.
Under that forward-opening hood is a 2.0L four based on the one in the title-winning Volvo S60 TC1 touring car, here making 420 hp. For the P100, Cyan has changed power delivery and the physical appearance of the engine to make it more in tune with the car’s classic looks.
The chassis is completely redeveloped, with a modern rack and pinion replacing the original steering box, aluminum uprights, and two-way adjustable dampers. The rear has been converted to an independent suspension. The company says the suspension is fully adjustable, letting them set it up for road or track depending on what the owner plans on doing with their car.
Inside is a wonderfully simple interior that uses most of the original design but adds digital instruments, new door finishing, and more heavily bolstered seats. The roll bar extends into the rear, made from titanium but wrapped with padding that hides the metal but also improves occupant safety. And helps keep the car to 990 kg along with the carbon fibre and steel body.
Cyan Racing is still planning to build and sell these cars to the public but hasn’t yet revealed pricing and availability. Expect the former to be high and the latter limited.