GREEN VOLVO TO JOIN AT ANDERSTORP
Volvo is the first Manufacturer to take part in an FIA WTCC event with a bio-fuel powered car. Volvo Car Corporation announced today that they will enter their team Polestar at Anderstorp, on July 28th and 29th to support WTCC's green agenda. The Swedish team will take part with one Volvo S60 Flexifuel powered by Ethanol E85 and driven by Robert Dahlgren, currently second in the Swedish Touring Car Championship.
Derek Crabb, Director of Motorsport at Volvo Car Corporation, explained this decision: "This idea arose after WTCC declared its green agenda. Since environmental concern is a core value of Volvo, WTCC really hit our sweet-spot by giving a green light to alternative fuels. This is the main reason for our presence at Anderstorp - to show that we support this initiative. Therefore, we have asked not to race for points."
Volvo has been the first Manufacturer to officially race alternative fuel-powered cars complying with the FIA Super 2000 regulations. At the wheel of his Polestar-run Volvo S60 Robert Dahlgren won the first two rounds of the 2007 STCC.
Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Motorsport Manager of Volvo Cars Sweden added: "We took on the challenge to go with ethanol for the 2007 season immediately and it is safe to say that a few eyebrows were raised, since all expertise said you would loose performance if you switched petrol for ethanol in the FIA Super 2000 regulations. I am very happy we were able to prove otherwise and we hope this is just the start as was the case when Volvo, contrary to racing expertise of that time, pioneered catalytic converters in the BTCC in the early nineties."
Derek Crabb is cautious about any result predictions at Anderstorp: "From a pure racing perspective, we know that Polestar and Robert will be at a disadvantage using a type of a tyre of which they have very limited experience. But this is not the main point for us. We wish to show that there is a more environmental friendly alternative available for WTCC today that is competitive."