All set to enter production early next year, the Polestar 2 electric performance fastback’s chassis development is now in its final stages.
Revealed earlier this year, the Polestar 2 will be the company’s first full electric, higher volume premium car designed to compete with the Tesla Model 3.
With 300 kW, 660 Nm, and all-wheel drive, the Polestar 2 comes with a dynamic chassis which promises to offer the perfect balance between comfort and sportiness, large Brembo brakes, as well as adjustable Ohlins dampers.
The car will also offer an optional Performance Pack which takes the car to the next level, with more focussed driver engagement and superior driving dynamics.
Joakim Rydholm, Polestar’s lead chassis engineer and chief test driver responsible for tuning the Polestar 2 to perfection said, “We wanted to create a car that people will really enjoy driving.”
“Similar with the Polestar 1, we spend time in many different environments around the world with Polestar 2, fine-tuning and testing lots of different chassis attributes – to find what we call ‘the golden ride’. This is the moment when we as chassis engineers find the ultimate configuration, a perfect balance between dampers, brakes, tyres, steering and power delivery that gives us goose bumps.”
Testing and development is currently being done at the Hällered Proving Grounds in Sweden, in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, China, Germany, Spain and inside the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden.
“Each of our testing environments allows us to refine specific elements of the car and in different ways,” continues Joakim Rydholm.
“The car should feel alive when negotiating a South African mountain pass, calm and confident when cruising at speed on a German autobahn. Cool in Death Valley, cosy in the Arctic and relaxed on a wet country lane in England. As we hone each element along the way, to create that magical Polestar feeling, it gets very exciting. And we don’t stop until we are totally satisfied.”
Joakim Rydholm is also responsible for the chassis of Polestar 1 and there are many similarities between the two cars.
“With our Performance Pack set-up in Polestar 2, we don’t have overcomplicated electronic suspension systems. Instead, we make the smallest adjustments to the Öhlins Dual Flow Valve dampers to find the sweet spot. This really sets the car apart from other electric vehicles,” concludes Joakim Rydholm.
Prior to this, Polestar launched the Polestar 1, a low-volume Electric Performance Hybrid GT with 600 hp, 1,000 Nm and an electric-only range of 150 km (the longest of any hybrid car in the world).
After the Polestar 2, the Polestar 3 will be joining the portfolio as a fully electric performance SUV.