This concept is based on the Long Range Dual Motor Polestar 2
Studded tires, special shocks and more power make it more suited to driving on ice and snow
This concept will not see production
Polestar showed a concept based on the Polestar 2 which is made with driving on snow and ice in mind.
This concept, called the Arctic Circle, is inspired by the rally cars that take part in winter events, a popular sport in the north of Europe.
In order to increase the EVs capabilities and traction on slippery surfaces, it is fitted with large 245/35 R19 tires which receive 490 studs each in order to grip ice as best as they can.
The suspension is also reworked to increase the ground clearance and allow for controlled landings on the sort of jumps that are encountered on rally stages. The ride height is increased by 30 millimeters and special Öhlins shock absorbers are fitted. These shocks are 30% softer than the ones found on the regular street model in order to cope with rough tracks and large bumps.
To complement the new suspension, this concept benefits from a power boost over the regular Long Range Dual Motor version, on which it is based. Indeed, it is able to deliver 469 horsepower and 502 lb-ft. This power comes from an over-the-air update that is available on the production version ass well.
In order to stop this vehicle, the four-piston Brembo brakes that are part of the available sport package are made standard.
On the outside, this concept adds extra driving lights up front, a recovery strap in the rear and it wears a distinctive matte gray and white paint job. The inside sees the addition of Recaro bucket seats in the front and a carbon-fibre shovel in the cargo area, to help enthusiastic drivers who took a corner too fast and ended up in deep snow.
This concept will not make it to production, but it is an interesting way to show what electric cars are capable of both in motorsports scenarios and in winter driving.